“Lucknow has always been a top performer at Tata Crucible. All teams do well out here” said quizmaster Pickbrain as he started the prelim. Little did he know his words would prove prophetic as the afternoon unfolded. After a crisp prelim the following six made it to the final:
Jaipuria Inst. of Mgmt. :Tushar Kumar and Vivek Patel
RML National Law University :Rajat Dutta and Utkarsh Singh
HBTI : Vishvender Dagar and Siddharth Tripathi
IIM-L :Shaswath Goel and Chaitanya K.
IIM-L :Abhijeet and Akshath
IIM-L :Utsav and Suyash
Champions, IIM-L - Shaswath Goel and Chaitanya.K
The final started with all teams scoring well early on. While the IIM teams looked a shade more aggressive taking their chances and playing high on the scores, the other teams were not far behind.
The scenario did not change much as the quiz progressed, but the IIM teams slowly increased the tempo. With some high value gains the battle inched to the final round and came down to HBTI and two IIM teams. The HBTI duo took a courageous decision playing for a bonus question, but missing, which quite literally knocked them out. The IIM team of Shaswath and Chaitanya played out the other IIM team with good crafty answers to take the crown.
The guest of honour, Vice Chancellor of the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University was accompanied by Tej Batla, Head TCS North and Mr. Amitabh Tiwari, Head TCS Lucknow.