The IHBB European Championships

The 2018 IHBB European Championships will likely be held in England in late May to mid-June 2018. Further details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

Report from the 2017 IHBB European Championships

The International History Bee and Bowl held its sixth annual European Championships at St. Stephen’s School in Rome on 19-21 May, 2017. Congratulations to our champions!

1. International History Bowl – European Championships
Varsity – Stefan Batory High School, Warsaw, Poland
Junior Varsity – Inter-Community School, Zürich, Switzerland
Middle School – Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland

2. 2017 International History Bee – European Championships
Varsity – Brychan Hall, Abu Dhabi Homeschool Association
Junior Varsity – Kai Schärer, Inter-Community School, Zürich, Switzerland
Middle School – Adam Rizzoli, QSI International School of Ljubljana, Slovenia

3. 2017 International Geography Bee – European Championships
Varsity – Brychan Hall, Abu Dhabi Homeschool Association
Junior Varsity –Harper Christian, American International School of Budapest, Hungary
Middle School – Anabel Mellinger, Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland

4. 2017 Sports and Entertainment History Bee at the European Championships
Varsity – Brychan Hall, Abu Dhabi Homeschool Association
Junior Varsity – Muhammad Arham Zia, Abu Dhabi Homeschool Association
Middle School – Harrison Knight, Swiss International School Basel, Switzerland

5. 2017 Academic Bowl of Europe
Varsity and Junior Varsity – Ecole Jeannine Manuel B, Paris, France
Middle School – Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland

6. 2017 History Bee of Vatican City (a side event held in St. Peter’s Square featuring questions on the history of Christianity)
Varsity – Jan Bak, Stefan Batory High School, Warsaw, Poland
Junior Varsity – Radu Sirbiou, Inter-Community School, Zürich, Switzerland
Middle School – Anabel Mellinger, Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland

For all questions on the 2017 IHBB and IGB European Championships, please contact Mrs Nolwenn Madden at

See below for descriptions of the three days and the six competition events at the 2017 European Championships. The descriptions below were added prior to the European Championships. Full information on the 2018 International History Bee and Bowl European Championships, as well as the 2018 International Geography Bee European Championships will be posted here when available during the 2017-2018 school year.

In the morning, we will visit St. Peter’s and the Vatican, come bright and early if interested. We’ll have a relatively early lunch, then have a special competition for all who are interested: The History Bee of Vatican City! We will play with our battery-operated buzzers in St. Peter’s Square in a friendly tournament free for all participants which focuses on the 2000 year history of Christianity, with a particular focus on the Catholic Church.
Those who are interested can then come with us to (or meet us at) St. Stephen’s School for the second annual Academic Bowl of Europe. No qualification is required! See last year’s European Championships’ question sets (listed under International Academic Bowl) for sample questions from this all-subject team quiz bowl competition. Rounds will feature 3 parts. In the first part, there will be 7 tossup questions and 7 3-question bonuses within the same academic discipline as the tossup (but not as directly related as History Bowl bonuses work). All bonus parts will bounce back, so the team that didn’t get the tossup will have a chance at them (unless neither team gets the tossup, in which case, the bonuses aren’t read). Each tossup question has 2 levels of power – for 20 and 10 points; incorrect answers do not lead to negative points. In the second part, there will be 4 60 second round choices (one each from literature, science, history/geography, and fine arts or religion/mythology). These will follow the usual IHBB 60 second round rules. The third part of the match works exactly like the first.
In the evening, after the Academic Bowl concludes, those who wish to join us for dinner can make reservations at Da Meo Patacca (25 minute walk or 6-8 minutes by cab).

Saturday will begin with our annual Sports and Entertainment History Bee, open to all students (and coaches and parents and family members in the Open Division!) No qualification is required – sample questions may be found here from last year. In the mid-morning, we will transition from popular culture to geography with the preliminary rounds of the International Geography Bee European Championships. We will then have lunch, during which time, students who are present with their teams at the European Championships, but who have not yet qualified for the IHBB Europe History Bee Championships, may compete in our History Bee Qualifier. The qualifier consists of one round – students finishing in the top half in their division then can compete in the History Bee Championships. Students who do not qualify can compete in the IHBB Europe History Open Bee, which runs concurrently.
After the Qualifier concludes, we will run the final rounds of the Sports and Entertainment History Bee and the International Geography Bee, followed by the Opening Meeting and four preliminary rounds of the IHBB European History Bee Championships. The Championships will likely have a two-stage playoff in each age division, though this depends on the number of students competing.

Sunday is the day of the IHBB European History Bowl Championships! Five rounds of preliminaries and three rounds of playoffs will be contested. We will finish by no later than 16:00. If you are planning on returning home that evening, any train out of Rome at 17:00 or later or flight out of Rome at 18:30 or later should be fine. If your desired flight or train leaves prior to that, contact us, and we’ll let you know whether it might make sense to book it or not.


Date TBA
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Coordinator Nolwenn Madden
Director Nolwenn Madden
Schedule of Events
9:30Optional Sightseeing Excursion to Vatican City
12:40The History Bee of Vatican City Prelim Round (First Group)
1:20The History Bee of Vatican City Prelim Round (Second Group)
2:00The History Bee of Vatican City Final Round
2:45Leave for St. Stephen's School
3:30Academic Bowl of Europe - Doors Open
3:45Academic Bowl - Please Arrive By This Time!
3:55Academic Bowl Opening Meeting
4:15Academic Bowl Round 1
4:50Academic Bowl Round 2
5:20Academic Bowl Round 3
5:55Academic Bowl Round 4
6:30Academic Bowl Round 5
7:00Snack Break (bring your own snacks)
7:10Academic Bowl Semifinals
7:40Academic Bowl Finals
8:00Academic Bowl End
8:15Dinner at Da Meo Patacca
8:30Sports & Entertainment Bee Doors Open
8:45Sports & Entertainment Bee Please Arrive By This Time!
8:55Sports & Entertainment Bee Opening Meeting
9:15Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 1
9:45Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 2
10:10Intl. Geography Bee European Championships - Please Arrive By This Time!
10:20Intl. Geography Bee - Opening Meeting
10:45Intl. Geography Bee Round 1
11:15Intl. Geography Bee Round 2
11:40Intl. Geography Bee Round 3
12:30History Bee Qualifier Check In
12:45History Bee Qualifier Opening Meeting
1:00History Bee Qualifier
1:30Intl. Geography Bee Finals
2:00Sports & Entertainment History Bee Finals
2:20History Bee Check In (Snack Break)
2:35History Bee - Please Arrive By This Time!
2:50History Bee Opening Meeting
3:15History Bee Round 1
3:50History Bee Round 2
4:20History Bee Round 3
4:50History Bee Round 4
5:45History Bee Final Stage 1
6:30History Bee Final Stage 2
8:30Doors Open for History Bowl
9:00Please Arrive By This Time for History Bowl!
9:15History Bowl Opening Meeting
9:50History Bowl Round 1
10:30History Bowl Round 2
11:10History Bowl Round 3
11:50History Bowl Round 4
12:30History Bowl Round 5
1:35Playoff Assignments Posted
1:45History Bowl Playoff Round 1
2:25History Bowl Playoff Round 2
3:05History Bowl Playoff Round 3
3:45History Bowl End
  1. St. Stephen's School A
  2. St. Stephen's School B
  3. International School of Geneva *
  4. Katedralskolan Lund
  5. Ecole Jeannine Manuel A *
  6. Ecole Jeannine Manuel B *
  7. Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz #
  8. British International School of Stockholm A *
  9. British International School of Stockholm B #
  10. The British School Warsaw A *
  11. The British School Warsaw B #
  12. ADHSA
  13. Inter-community School of Zurich A *
  14. Inter-community School of Zurich B #
  15. Britannica International School Budapest A *
  16. Britannica International School Budapest B #
  17. City of London School *
  18. Team Prague *
  19. SIS Basel A *
  20. SIS Basel B #
  21. SIS Basel C #
  22. Stefan Batory High School
  23. Eton College
  24. Zurich International School #
* denotes junior varsity
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