Andrew Yaphe

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Andrew Yaphe
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Current Collegiate Team None
Past Collegiate Teams Virginia (1995-1998), Chicago (1999-2007), Stanford (2008-2010)
High School Team Thomas Jefferson (1991-1994)
Middle School Team None

Andrew Yaphe is a collegiate quiz bowl player. As an undergraduate student, he attended the University of Virginia and played for its quiz bowl team. Subsequently, he enrolled in a doctoral program in English at the University of Chicago and played for its team. He recently finished Law School at Stanford.

He is widely considered the best player in the history of collegiate quizbowl, being the leading scorer on 6 ACF Nationals championship teams, 2 NAQT ICT Division I championship teams, and two NAQT ICT Division I runner-up teams. He also won a College Bowl title and was reportedly a very good high school player, though a paucity of records on high school quizbowl from that time precludes any further judgment.

Yaphe's run at Stanford may perhaps be his most impressive. During a period of greatly reduced activity, Yaphe led a team to a third place finish at the 2009 ACF Nationals and then a first place finish at the 2010 Nationals.

Most importantly, Yaphe was the driving force in keeping ACF alive from 1997 onwards, and edited such tournaments as the 2000 Regionals and 2005 and 2006 Nationals. His recent role as NAQT editor has been a more complex phenomenon.

Finally, Yaphe was prominently featured in the 1999 New York Times "Total Recall" article, which included The University of Chicago's winning of the 1999 Midwest SCT.

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