This is an individual quiz and is thus played by a team of one.
The quiz is made up of two parts:
The first part of the quiz consists of 100 questions across eight rounds. The first seven rounds contain 12 questions each and the final round 16. There will be a short break after round five.
In the second part the top 10 scorers from the first part, carrying forward their scores thus far, are invited to play a further 20 questions worth two points each. These answers need to written down and shown to personal judges who will indicate whether a player had the question right when asked to indicate as much.
After each round, papers are swapped for marking, after which the answer sheets are collected. Appeals are made to, and corrections to scores will be made by, the IQA jury.
All the questions will be read out (in English) and a summary of the questions with images will be projected on to a screen. Any music tracks are played once. The answers are accepted in a number of languages. At the last EQC they were English, Estonian, French, German, Croatian, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmål), Danish, Hungarian, Finnish, Portuguese, Romanian and Latvian. These being the languages of each country represented by at least three people at the EQC and whose participation was known at least one month beforehand.
Unless otherwise stated, if the name of a person is asked, it is sufficient to answer with the surname, even if that surname is a common name such as Jones or Müller. If an incorrect first name is offered by a player in their answer this will render the whole incorrect. Exceptions to the general rule are the names of kings, queens, popes, etc. where players are advised to specify the name plus a regnal number or byname – otherwise the answer is taken to refer to the first ruler etc. with that name. So, if the correct answer is Louis XIV, but a player answers “Louis”, their answer is taken to refer to Louis I and marked wrong.
Answers must be legible. All illegible answers will be counted as wrong.
To score a point, the answer needs to be phonetically correct. It is a test of knowledge, not of spelling. A decision as to whether an answer is acceptable lies with the IQA judges present at the quiz. Their decision is final. If necessary the judges will check alternative answers. Queries made only after the end of the quiz will in no way affect the result of the quiz.
Appeal sheets will be distributed for possible comments about the answers, scoring etc. This is the only method of appealing. Don’t forget to write your player/team name and number on those sheets.
The player/team that scores the most points wins. Ties will decided by comparing the highest round scores, then the next highest, then the next, etc.
The use of external aids such as smart phones, calculators, calendars, etc. is strictly forbidden. If in doubt about anything, ask the main judge ahead of the start of the quiz. All cheating will irrevocably lead to instant disqualification of the player/entire team.
Everyone enrolled as player in the EQC may take part in the quiz.
The title of European Quizzing Champion and the medals for gold, silver and bronze can, however, only be won by a European. Non-Europeans can qualify for the final, as long as at least the three highest Europeans are represented.