April 3, 2007

Chicagoans Compete in Inaugural Transatlantic Quiz

Contact: Mitchell Szczepanczyk
Email: mitchell@szcz.org

CHICAGO -- Chicago's best trivia mavens will take part in an international quiz competition along with other Americans against trivia experts in Canada and the United Kingdom in a first-of-its-kind transatlantic trivia competition. The event, named "The Transatlantic Quiz", will feature participants in all three countries taking the same 240-question written test.

Chicago will take part in this quiz on Saturday April 14, at 12 Noon, at Kasey's Tavern, 701 S. Dearborn. At the same time, trivia competitors in London, New York, Ottawa, Jacksonville, Madison, and Boulder will also take the same exact quiz -- in person, rather than online. Since the competition encompasses three countries at once, the test will cover a wide array of topics -- culture, entertainment, history, lifestyle, media, sports, science, and the world.

The Transatlantic Quiz will feature two of the premiere quiz competitors in the world: 74-time Jeopardy campion Ken Jennings, and Europe's premiere quiz player, World Quizzing Champion Kevin Ashman, their first head-to-head matchup.

The questions for the quiz are balanced among the three competing countries and developed from the USA by Ray Hamel, reference librarian and crossword puzzle constructor, NY Times Trivia Master, and Quiz writer for "Pages" magazine. Questions from Canada have been developed by Paul Paquet, trivia writer through Triviahalloffame.com for clients such as Microsoft Encarta and MTV Europe, head writer for World Trivia Night, and a writer for merchandising of "1v100" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire". The questions from the UK have been developed by Chris Jones, former civil servant and winner on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" who now works full-time for Quizzing.co.uk.

The Chicago event is free, but quiz participants are asked to support Kasey's Tavern, which has graciously agreed to host the event. The Transatlantic Quiz is a precursor for the World Quizzing Championships, which take place June 2, 2007.

For more information, visit www.transatlanticquiz.com and iqausa.googlepages.com