Chiang Mai Invitational Tournament

NAQT is pleased to announce a high school quiz bowl tournament at the Chiang Mai International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand on December 9, 2017.

Quiz bowl is an academic game in which teams of four players compete against each other to “buzz in” to answer questions about history, science, literature, mathematics, geography, current events, popular culture, and pretty much any other conceivable subject.

No prior experience with quiz bowl is necessary! No quiz bowl-specific equipment (like a buzzer system) is required! Coaches are not required to help with reading rounds, although it is appreciated (and coaches will be paid for their time).

The top teams will qualify for the 2018 Asian Championship, which will be held March 10 in Singapore, and the 2018 High School National Championship Tournament, powered by LetterOne, which will be held May 25–27 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The top teams from small schools will qualify for the 2018 Small School National Championship Tournament, which will be held April 27–29 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.


The tournament will take place on the campus of the Chiang Mai International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand (13 Chetuphon Soi 1).


Check-in 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.
Opening meeting 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary games 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Playoffs 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Awards As playoffs finish

During check-in, teams will receive a copy of the rules and their schedule for the day, and will be asked to verify the roster of players they entered when registering.

The opening meeting will go over the rules, format, and schedule. Coaches, players, and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Teams are also encouraged to ask questions in advance by e-mailing Joyce Sun (

Each team will play five preliminary rounds; the top teams from those round will advance to afternoon playoffs. The criteria for advancement will be determined by the final field size.

The playoffs will be single-elimination and will last three to four rounds.

After the playoffs, there will be a brief awards presentation.


All secondary schools (public, private, magnet, charter, religious, online, etc.) are eligible to compete in this event. This tournament will use NAQT High School Eligibility Rules. No qualification is necessary. If you have any questions about eligibility, contact


Coaches are not required to assist with the running of the tournament, but may moderate (read questions) in exchange for a $50 (฿1650) stipend. Alternatively, any team who provides a staff member (which could be the coach or someone else) can receive a $50 (฿1650) discount.


The format of the tournament will be determined by the number of teams that register. All participants are guaranteed at least ten games.


Teams may register online. A free account on is required.

Teams may (and should) register without knowing which players will be coming; they can update the roster at any time before the tournament begins.

Fees & Payment

The base registration fee is USD 300 (THB฿9900) per team. There is a $50 (฿1650) discount for bringing a working buzzer system. The fee covers registration and one printed copy of the questions. The questions will be NAQT Invitational Series #167AS, an English-language question set written specifically for teams in Asia. The questions will not be distributed until the conclusion of the tournament; teams that leave early may pay $5 (฿165) to have the question set shipped to them.

Teams will pay at check-in. Checks should be made out to “National Academic Quiz Tournaments”; if you prefer to pay by credit card or PayPal, contact Joyce Sun (


The top three teams will receive trophies. Additionally, the top six individual scorers will receive All-Star awards.

Players must have heard at least 60 tossups during the tournament to be eligible for individual awards. Individual awards are based entirely on performance during the preliminary (not playoff) games.


This tournament will use questions from National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC, specifically Invitational Series #167AS, which was written (in English) especially for Asian schools. Teams from outside Thailand are welcome, but must make sure they are not planning to attend another tournament using the same question set. A list of other tournaments using this set is available.

Preparing for the Tournament

We recommend reading the brief rules (and then maybe the full rules), but the basics of gameplay are as follows:

NAQT sells practice questions for teams that would like to prepare more fully for the event. These are tournament questions from previous years, so they are identical in structure and format (but different in content) than the questions that will be asked at this tournament. The most similar questions are the ones named “Invitational Series #xxxA” (ending in “A” is important). All of these questions are written for an American audience, though, so they will have more American and less Asian content than the questions at this tournament.

Teams may also be interested in frequency lists and Power Up study guides or free You Gotta Know articles that give brief overviews of topics that come up very frequently (e.g. “You Gotta Know these ancient empires”).

Further Questions

Contact Joyce Sun ( with any questions.