When: Preliminary Rounds Day 2 – July 13, 3:00pm-4:00pm. Final Round Day 5 – July 16, 10:30am-11:00am
What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Individual event for competing students.

The East Asian Geography Bee is making its debut at the 2020 International Geography Bee World Championships. This bee will cover the geography of China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau), Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Asiatic Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, East Timor, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma, and their predecessor states and political entities. There will be two rounds of preliminaries and one round of finals. All age divisions will play the same 35 question rounds.

When: Preliminary Rounds Day 4 – July 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Playoff Rounds Day 7 – July 18, 10:30am-11:30am
What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Individual event for competing students. Counts 1/3 towards overall IGB World Championship title.

One of the showcase events of the 2020 IGB Worlds, the International Geography Quiz Tournament is a rigorous buzzer-based quiz tournament featuring questions on all aspects of world geography. 4 preliminary rounds and 2 playoff rounds will be contested, and the final placements of students will count 1/3 towards the overall IGB World Championship title together with the Battery and the Written Exam. All age divisions will play the same 30 question rounds. A distribution of questions will be provided in advance of IGB Worlds (though topically, it will be very similar proportionally to the Battery and International Geography Bowl).

When: Preliminary Rounds Day 5 – July 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm and Day 6 – July 17, 7:30pm-9:30pm. Playoff Rounds Day 7 – July 18, 9:00am-10:00am and 1:00pm-1:30pm.
What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Required team event for competing students.

For the first time ever, International Academic Competitions is delighted to organize a competition using standard History Bowl rules – but for another subject. Thus we present to you the inaugural International Geography Bowl! This hotly anticipated event will see the teams at IGB Worlds compete against each other in six preliminary and three playoff rounds. Note that unlike at the International History Olympiad, matches will consist of two teams (not three teams) against each other. Players should familiarize themselves with current History Bowl rules (a copy of which can be found here along with a sample match video). A distribution of questions will be provided in advance of IGB Worlds (though topically, it will be very similar proportionally to the Battery and International Geography Quiz Tournament).

When: Preliminary Round Day 2 – July 13, 11:00am-11:20am. Final Round Day 2 – July 13, 12:40pm-1:00pm
What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Individual event for competing students.

The Scramble will once again return to the International Geography Bee World Championships with the most difficult buzzer-based questions of the entire week! In contrast with 2018 when the Scramble topic was relatively broad (interestingly, that topic was the Geography of the Caribbean), in 2020, we’re going to get much more specific and much harder. Think something like “the Geography of Madagascar” where the easiest answerlines would be “Antananarivo” or “Mozambique Channel.” The Scramble will feature 25 or 30 (TBD) tossup questions in both the Preliminary and Final round for all age divisions.

The Scramble topic will be revealed in late June 2020, and students will have 2-3 weeks to prepare on a very specific topic. The idea of the Scramble is not to test students’ prior geography knowledge, but rather, who is most capable of learning the most about a subject in a short amount of time. Please note the following regarding the potential Scramble topic:
-As the 2018 Scramble topic was the Geography of the Caribbean, and as we are testing Caribbean geography knowledge in other events (particularly the Caribbean Geography Exam, the Scavenger Hunt, and the Great Trading Game), the 2020 IGB Worlds Scramble topic will not have a Caribbean theme.
-The 2020 IGB Worlds Scramble topic will not give any country a particular advantage (i.e. we will wait until registration closes to determine the topic). If it is area-themed, it will also not be centered on East Asia or South Asia, as we have other Bees for those regions which students will be studying for.
-The IGB Worlds Scramble topic will also not overlap with the selected U-Pick, We-Write topic at IGB Worlds.
-It is possible that the Scramble topic will not be area-themed at all (e.g. something like Aquifers could be the topic). If something like this is selected, then it is possible (actually, very likely) that some of the questions could deal with countries where participating students are from, along with the Caribbean, East Asia, and South Asia. In this case, however, the questions at the Scramble would go well beyond the typical difficulty used in other competitions, again, to incentivize specific preparation and reward short-term memory skills.

When: Preliminary Rounds Day 4 – July 15, 8:00am-9:30am. Final Round Day 5 – July 16, 9:30am-10:00am
What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Individual event for competing students.

The Showdown returns as an event at the International Geography Bee World Championships, but with an overhauled format compared to 2018’s Showdown, which featured two students competing against each other in a race to a certain number of questions. Instead, for 2020, we’ll be breaking out our 32 player buzzer systems for a buzzer quiz tournament like no other! Expect very long tossup questions (approximately 10 lines / 8 sentences long, or double the length of usual questions) as well as an all new, power-marked scoring system as follows:

8 points for a buzz in approximately the first sentence
7 points for a buzz in approximately the second or third sentences
6 points for a buzz in approximately the fourth or fifth sentences
5 points for a buzz in approximately the sixth or seventh sentences
4 points for a buzz in the final sentence (i.e. the sentence that begins with the set phrase “For the points…”) until the last word of that sentence.
3 points for a buzz after the question has finished being read
-3 points for an incorrect buzz up until the 6 point powermark is reached
-2 points for an incorrect buzz during the 5 or 4 point powermark zone
-1 point for an incorrect buzz after the question has finished being read

Once students reach 10 points for the round, they are done and will likely advance to subsequent rounds. Students who don’t reach 10 points in the first preliminary round move into the repechage stage of preliminary round #2. The few students in the repechage round along with a much larger percentage of the students who advanced into the upper bracket stage of preliminary round #2 will then reach the Final Round (which may well have fewer than 32 students). The number of questions in each round will be somewhere between 20 and 40; this will likely depend on how many students sign up for the event. Whether all students get to play preliminary round 2, or whether the repechage stage will only take the students who finish in the middle of preliminary round 1 will be a function of sign up numbers as well. Likewise, the rules of the final round (i.e. how many points are needed to go out, or even if students will “go out”) will also be determined once we have a better idea of the number of competing students too.

When: Preliminary Rounds Day 2 – July 13, 8:30pm-9:30pm. Final Round Day 5 – July 16, 10:00am-10:30am
What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Individual event for competing students.

The South Asian Geography Bee is making its debut at the 2020 International Geography Bee World Championships. This bee will cover the geography of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives and their predecessor states and political entities. There will be two rounds of preliminaries and one round of finals. All age divisions will play the same 35 question rounds.

When: Preliminary Rounds Day 5 – July 16, 8:00am-9:00am. Final Round Day 5 – July 16, 11:00am-11:30am
What: Buzzer quiz tournament
Who: Individual event for competing students.

At the past two International History Olympiads (as well as at IHO 2020), we have featured a U-Pick We-Write tournament, and this will now be a part of IGB Worlds as well. At some point in November 2019-February 2020, once the majority of students who will be attending IGB Worlds have registered, competing students will have the opportunity to nominate a topic for a buzzer-based quiz tournament. The topic can be either area-based or have some other geographic topic as its theme, but it should not overlap with other specific IGB Worlds topics that already have their own events, nor should it be too broadly or narrowly construed or otherwise obtuse. Once students have nominated a suitable range of topics, IGB Worlds staff will select 3-5 topics that it likes, and on which we feel comfortable that our writers can write a good set. Registered students will then vote on the topic of their choice, and then this will become the U-Pick We-Write topic for 2020, which will then constitute an official medal event with 2 preliminary rounds of 35 questions and 1 final round of 35 questions for all age divisions.