The IHBB European Championships

IHBB is excited to announce that its 2019 European Championships will be held at the International School of Paris from Friday-Sunday, 24-26 May! We hope that you will be able to join us for a great weekend of competition, sightseeing, and camaraderie with some of the top history students from across Europe and the Middle East. Please see below for further details on how the weekend will work. Costs for the European Championships can be found here. For more information, please email nolwenn@iacompetitions.com

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Description of the 2019 European Championships Weekend

Friday
In the morning, we will visit the magnificent palace of Versailles, come bright and early if interested – we’ll meet at Versailles at 9:30. We’ll have a relatively early lunch, then have a special competition for all who are interested: The History Bee of Versailles! We will play with our battery-operated buzzers in a friendly tournament free for all participants which focuses on the history of France.
Those who are interested can then come with us to (or meet us at) IS Paris for the fourth annual Academic Bowl of Europe. No qualification is required! See prior 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 a restaurant in Paris (location TBD).

Saturday
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. 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
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 Paris at 17:00 or later or flight out of Paris Orly at 18:30 or Paris Charles de Gaulle at 18:45 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.

Prizes
Students who win their age division at either the 2019 or 2020 International Geography Bee European Championships receive a reduction of $150 USD in entry fees to the 2020 International Geography Bee World Championships. This is now cumulative over the two years, however, if a student wins in both years.

Students who win their age division in the History Bee either the 2019 or 2020 IHBB European Championships receive a reduction of $150 USD in entry fees to the 2020 International History Olympiad. Students on a champion History Bowl in any age division receive a reduction in $100 USD in entry fees. These discounts are now cumulative over the two years and they can be combined (the maximum History Olympiad discount is thus $500).

For all questions on the IHBB and IGB European Championships, please contact Mrs Nolwenn Madden at nolwenn@iacompetitions.com

Teams
1. Intl. School of Paris A
2. Intl. School of Paris B *
3, Intl. School of Paris C #
4. Eton College (expressed interest)
5. Qatar Academy Sidra (expressed interest)
6. St. Stephen’s School, Rome (expressed interest)
7. Intl. School of Geneva, (expressed interest)
8. QSI Ljubljana (expressed interest)
9. International School of Nice (expressed interest)
10. British School of Warsaw (expressed interest)
11. Hockerill Anglo-European College (expressed interest)

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Report from the 2018 IHBB European Championships

The International History Bee and Bowl held its seventh annual European Championships at Novy PORG in Prague on 8-10 June, 2018. Congratulations to our champions!

1. 2018 International History Bowl – European Championships
Champions:
Varsity – International School of Zug and Luzern, Switzerland
Junior Varsity – The British School, Warsaw A, Poland
Middle School – Collège André Corbet, France

2. 2018 International History Bee – European Championships
Champions:
Varsity – Chris Thorn, Eton College, England
Junior Varsity – Marek Sicinski, The British School, Warsaw, Poland
Middle School – Pedro Juan Orduz, International School of Zug and Luzern, Switzerland

3. 2018 International Geography Bee – European Championships
Champions:
Varsity – Chris Thorn, Eton College, England
Junior Varsity – Yannick Neuffer, SIS Basel, Switzerland
Middle School – Maxim Nakhapetian, Zurich International School, Switzerland

4. 2018 Sports and Entertainment History Bee at the European Championships
Champions:
Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions – Yannick Neuffer, SIS Basel, Switzerland
Middle School – Sabine Ebanks, Zurich International School, Switzerland

5. 2018 Academic Bowl of Europe
Champions:
Combined Divisions – Zurich International School A, Switzerland

6. 2018 History Bee of Bohemia (a side event held in Prague’s Old Town Square and on the Charles Bridge featuring questions on the history of the Czech Republic)
Champion:
Combined Divisions – Patryk Pudłowski, II Społeczne Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Pawła Jasienica, Warsaw, Poland

Date May 24, 2019
Registration Deadline May 17, 2019 7:00pm EST
Address 45 rue Cortambert, Paris, France
Coordinator Nolwenn Madden
nolwenn@iacompetitions.com
Director Nolwenn and David Madden
Schedule of Events
Friday
9:30Optional Sightseeing Excursion to Versailles
11:30Lunch
12:25The History Bee of Versailles Prelim Round (First Group)
1:00The History Bee of Versailles Prelim Round (Second Group)
1:35The History Bee of Versailles Final Round
2:00Leave for Intl. School of Paris
3:00Academic Bowl of Europe - Doors Open
3:30Academic Bowl - Please Arrive By This Time!
3:40Academic Bowl Opening Meeting
4:00Academic Bowl Round 1
4:35Academic Bowl Round 2
5:10Academic Bowl Round 3
5:45Academic Bowl Round 4
6:20Academic Bowl Round 5
7:00Academic Bowl Finals
7:30Academic Bowl End
7:45Group Dinner
Saturday
8:45Sports & Entertainment Bee Doors Open
9:00Sports & Entertainment Bee Please Arrive By This Time!
9:05Sports & Entertainment Bee Opening Meeting
9:20Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 1
9:50Sports & Entertainment Bee Round 2
10:20Intl. Geography Bee European Championships - Please Arrive By This Time!
10:30Intl. Geography Bee - Opening Meeting
10:50Intl. Geography Bee Round 1
11:20Intl. Geography Bee Round 2
11:45Intl. Geography Bee Round 3
12:10Lunch
12:40History Bee Qualifier Check In
12:50History Bee Qualifier Opening Meeting
1:05History 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
7:00Awards
7:15End
Sunday
8:45Doors Open for History Bowl
9:10Please Arrive By This Time for History Bowl!
9:25History Bowl Opening Meeting
9:55History Bowl Round 1
10:35History Bowl Round 2
11:15History Bowl Round 3
11:55History Bowl Round 4
12:35History Bowl Round 5
1:05Lunch
1:40Playoff Assignments Posted
1:55History Bowl Playoff Round 1
2:35History Bowl Playoff Round 2
3:10History Bowl Playoff Round 3
3:45Awards
4:00History Bowl End
Teams
  1. Intl. School of Paris A
  2. Intl. School of Paris B *
  3. Intl. School of Paris C #
  4. Eton College (expressed interest)
  5. Qatar Academy Sidra (expressed interest)
  6. St. Stephen's School, Rome (expressed interest)
  7. Intl. School of Geneva, (expressed interest)
  8. QSI Ljubljana (expressed interest)
  9. International School of Nice (expressed interest)
  10. British School of Warsaw (expressed interest)
* denotes junior varsity
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