Second contender Jeff Grimshaw’s subject, by way of contrast, was the American football team, the Chicago Bears. I’ll be honest, if you ask me about the 1986 Chicago Bears Superbowl winning team, - coach Mike Ditka – Walter Payton – William ‘The Fridge’ Perry – Jim McMahon – then I have a slight chance of answering. Other than that, nope. Naturally Jeff Grimshaw was a hell of a lot better than this. In fact his 15 and 1 pass was a fine round, and certainly put him close enough to challenge Andrew, if he could produce a good GK round.
I’m afraid that neither of the last 2 contenders could manage a performance on specialist which would enable them to challenge in the GK section. Keith Bate was answering on the world chess champion Tigran Petrossian. He scored 8. Having watched the round I’m not sure whether he was hampered by nerves, or whether it was one of those times when the question setter and the contender seem to have different ideas of the parameters of the subject. Even on a 2 and a half minute round, Keith was playing for pride after this. Ian Allan offered us Jimi Hendrix. Now, I think that he was definitely affected by nerves. When you see people taking rounds on a popular cultural icon of Hendrix’ stature they usually score very highly. 10 is a perfectly respectable score, but not as high as I expected.
With the best will in the world by half time it was clear that we had a two horse race. First, though Keith returned to the chair for his specialist round. The nerves affected him badly here, I think. He never achieved a head of steam, and never answered more than two questions correctly in a row. In the end he looked relieved when the buzzer finally ended the round. He scored 7 points from 19 questions, and his overall score had gone up to 15. Ian also suffered from the same nerves that had affected his first round performance. After answering 7 of his first 12 questions correctly he lost all the momentum in his round, and didn’t manage one of the next 6 questions before he was rescued by the buzzer.
When you’re not the last contender to go in the GK round, the best way to put pressure on the leader is to whack in the very best GK round you can manage. Jeff certainly tried. He rattled off answers to his first 3 questions. However 2 passes followed, and two incorrect answers after that. From here on in the round was a struggle. To be fair to him he managed to keep his head, and hardly passed again, always trying to offer an answer. this tactic brought him another 7 correct answers. By the end of the round he had scored a decent return of 10 correct answers from 20 questions. The target , though, was not really that much of a mountain for Andrew to have to climb.
To put it into perspective, Andrew managed 10 in 2 minutes in his 2004 GK round. So I confidently expected him to score the highest GK round of the evening. You have to say, he didn’t disappoint. Four correct answers began the round. A wrong answer, a pass, then 4 more correct answers. A pass, another pass, then four more correct answers. A pass, then four more correct answers. A very good, rather symmetrical round which saw him win at a canter. 16 from 21 GK questions is a good return, and 33 is a fine score- well done sir. Good luck in the semis. As for Jeff Grimshaw – well played. I don’t think it’s a high enough score to bring a runner up place in the semis, but you never know.
|Andrew Hunter||Field Marshal Montgomery of El Alamein||17 - 1||16 - 4||33 – 5|
|Jeff Grimshaw||The Chicago Bears||15 - 1||10 - 3||25 – 4|
|Keith Bate||Tigran Petrossian||8 - 0||7 - 5||15 – 5|
|Ian Allan||Jimi Hendrix||10 -1||7 - 4||17 – 5|