The European Quizzing Championships travelled to Liverpool in England in 2013. Our venue was the Lutyens crypt of the city’s catholic cathedral, known locally as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’!
The individual competition saw Belgium’s Ronny Swiggers crowned European Quizzing Champion. This proved a most popular win, Ronny having come oh so close to winning the World title on more than one occasion. This triumph was Ronny’s first major individual title in international quiz and his win was greeted with as warm applause as any heard all weekend. And with over 200 competitors, he’d faced stiffer competition than ever. Fellow Belgian, Nico Pattyn took second with former World Champion, England’s Jesse Honey in third place.
The Pairs winners were Kevin Ashman (Eng) & Pat Gibson (Eng), with Olav Bjortomt (Eng) & David Stainer (Eng) taking silver and Tero Kalliolevo (Fin) & Jussi Suvanto (Fin) in bronze position. The second highest score was posted by Mark Ryder (USA) and Igor Habal (Est). Because Mark isn’t European, they couldn’t take a medal.
The Nations Team Championships saw England (Kevin Ashman, Olav Bjortomt, Pat Gibson, Jesse Honey), Belgium (Erik Derycke, Nico Pattyn, Ronny Swiggers, Tom Trogh) and Norway (Harald Aastorp, Tore Dahl, Ole Martin Halck, Thomas Kolåsæter) in first, second and third places.
Lars and the Medics beat Thiamine in the Aspiration Cup in a very tense final with just three points separating them.
The Club Team competition was won by Milhous Warriors (Eng), with JFGI (Est/Fin) coming in second and Clockwork (Bel) in third place.
Lastly, in a new contest, Nico Pattyn of Belgium defeated Pat Gibson of England in the final of the inagural iQa Masters Competition – said finale seen here hosted by Steven de Ceuster.
As ever, the weekend was enjoyed by all for its social as well as quizzing aspects – although the two ALWAYS overlap. The bar was occupied until late (below left) and the Norway national quiz academy showed off its latest recruit as well! 🙂