On Saturday, 7 May 2022, the XVI Latvian Pupils Championship, also known as the XII Latvian Open School Pupils’ Championship in intellectual games, took place at the Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI). It was indeed a long-awaited event, as due to the pandemic the last championship was only held in 2019. This year, teams from Riga, Daugavpils, Liepaja, Visaginas (Lithuania) and Tallinn (Estonia) took part in the championship.
The championship was held in two disciplines. The first discipline was the sports version, as well known TV game “What? Where? When?” – 6 people sit at a table, a question is asked, one minute is given for discussion, after which the answer has to be given. The only difference is that the answers are submitted in the paper format, which allowed 26 teams to participate in the championship at the same time. The event programme included 48 questions from the editorial team of the Riga Knowledge Club.
The first two places with 25 correct answers out of 48 questions were shared by teams from Riga: “Copy Paste Computer Error” (a team of 9th grade pupils from the Riga Secondary School No.22 and Riga State Gymnasium No.1) and “Кыр-сосичка” (pupils from the Riga Secondary School No.22, Riga Secondary School Rinuzi, and Riga Purvciems Secondary School). The team ” Кыр-сосичка” won the three additional questions with the score 3:2, thus becoming the winner of both the Open Championship and the Latvian Championship. “Copy Paste Computer Error” became the first team in the primary school age group which won an award place for the first time in the history of the Latvian School Championship.
The third place went to the team “Посттирония” (participants from Riga State Gymnasium No.1, RTU Engineering High School, Riga Art and Design Secondary School and Riga Secondary School No.40), while the fourth and fifth places were shared by teams from Tallinn – “Singularity” and “д. а. ш. а.”.
The additional discipline was the word game “Jeopardy!”, also known as “My Game”. Based on the results of the qualifying round, the best eight teams compete in the final by pressing buttons or so-called “Erudite Quarter”. The winners of the final round were “Copy Paste Computer Error”, the second place went to “Кыр-сосичка” and the third place took Lithuanian team “We Don’t Know”.
The championship is held in cooperation with the youth organisation KID Alumni, the Riga Knowledge Club and the Daugavpils Intellectual Games Club “Erudits”, as well as the Education, Culture, and Sports Department of Riga City Council and the Transport and Telecommunication Institute (TSI).