Oxford Open

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The Oxford Open (OOT) has been an open tournament written and hosted by Oxford. Its first four iterations were all won by teams from the University of Chicago, which flew out every year to compete. Two of these (2014 and 2015) featured Chicago v. Chicago finals. The earlier of these results led to a heated exchange on Facebook among various members of the British quizzing community, in part because the second-place team was led by then-freshman Morgan Venkus, partially due to this dominance on the watered down difficulty of the science. Since 2017, Oxford Open has been won by British teams. The tournament is usually attended by a mixture of quizbowlers, both student teams and alumni, and teams with players from the wider British Quiz circuit, many of whom have been successful at tournaments such as the International Quizzing Association European Champions.

Since 2021, Oxford has combined forces with Cambridge to produce a tournament known as the Cambridge and Oxford Open Tournament (COOT).


Year Champion Second Third Editors Teams
2012 Chicago: Marshall Steinbaum, Tyler Smith, Sam Bailey, Shantanu Jha MUESLI: Stephen Pearson, Gareth Aubrey, Nick Mills, Reuben Roy Dakkas Cowboys: Bruce Arthur, Dallas Simons, Ted Gioia, Stephen Liu Kyle Haddad-Fonda 25
2014 Chicago A: John Lawrence, Ben Gammage, Charles Tian, Michael Coates Chicago B: Morgan Venkus, Doug Graebner, Luke Bretscher, Vinay Bhaskara Kyle Haddad-Fonda, Joey Goldman, Chris Savory, Ewan MacAulay, George Corfield 26
2015 Chicago A: John Lawrence, James Lasker, Kay Li, Jason Zhou Chicago B: Chris Ray, Max Schindler, Marianna Zhang, Athena Kern Broken Hearts A: Ian Bayley, Mark Grant, Olav Bjortomt, Sean Carey Kyle Haddad-Fonda, Joey Goldman, Charlie Clegg, Ewan MacAulay, George Corfield, Oliver Clarke, Peter Berry, Daoud Jackson 24
2016 Chicago A: John Lawrence, James Lasker, Alston Boyd, Marianna Zhang Oxford Forever: Edmund Dickinson, Zachary Vermeer, Luke Pitcher, Alex Bubb Chicago B: Chris Ray, Kai Smith, Athena Kern, Jason Zhou Oliver Clarke, George Corfield, Charlie Clegg, Joey Goldman, Daoud Jackson, Ewan MacAulay, Chris Stern, Spencer Weinreich 24
2017 Tempted by what we know to be gauche: Ewan MacAualay, Joey Goldman, Alex Bubb, Henry Edwards Forge Masters: Jonathan Elliott, Hugh Bennett, Hugh Binnie, Tristram Cole Cambridge A: Evan Lynch, Oliver Sweetenham. Julian Sutcliffe, Ellie Warner Oliver Clarke, George Corfield, Charlie Clegg, Daoud Jackson, Chris Stern, Spencer Weinreich 24
2018 Cambridge A: Jason Golfinos, Ewan MacAulay, Joseph Krol, Ephraim Oxford 5ever: Joey Goldman, Edmund Dickinson, Charlie Clegg, Oliver Clarke Chicago B: Kai Smith, Matthew Lehmann, Samir Khan, Halle Friedman George Charlson, Alex Peplow, Daoud Jackson, Jacob Robertson, Leonie Woodland 23
2019 Shrimps are Pretty Rich: Ewan MacAulay, Daoud Jackson, Joey Goldman, Ben Salter Cambridge: Joseph Krol, Marius Posa, Lillian Crawford, Nick Clanchy Chicago A: Kai Smith, Matthew Lehmann, Alston Boyd, Grant Li Isaac Brown, George Charlson, Oliver Clarke, Claire Jones, Alexander Peplow, Jacob Robertson, Leonie Woodland, Laura Cooper 24
2020 Vitalijs Uncensored: Evan Lynch, Daoud Jackson, Ewan MacAulay, Vitalijs Brejevs Broken Hearts: Mark Grant, Ian Bayley, Tris Cole Cambridge A: Joseph Krol, Boyang Hou, Molly O'Gorman, Dan Lawson George Charlson, Oliver Clarke, Alex Hardwick, Claire Jones, Alexander Peplow, Jacob Robertson 22