07 January 2012

Hapy New Year and Participants in Q4 2011 Playoff

I hope you enjoyed some relaxing and joyful times with family and friends...ah, but it is all over so fast. Fortunately, at least in Chicago, it doesn't seem like winter has actually arrived. Today, 5 January, the temperature is in the 50s (Fahrenheit; 10 degrees Celsius). I tore myself away from my beloved laptop to spend time on my bicycle. Ah, that was very nice...

Well, regardless of the temperature, it's time to get back to work - and fun: back to answering PL/SQL, SQL and APEX quizzes...and it's also time for the Q4 2011 championship playoff.

You will find below the list of players who have qualified, either through ranking, correctness or wildcard. The number in parentheses are the number of playoffs in which the player has previously participated. Which means 11 players have never participated in a playoff before. Watch out, seasoned players, for some hot competition.

Congratulations to everyone on the list and best of luck in the playoff!

We will soon announce the date of the playoff, after confirming availability with players.

Warm regards to all,
Steven Feuerstein

Players in the Q4 2011 Championship Playoff

Name Rank Qualification Country
Alain Boulianne (1)1Top 25French Republic
Stelios Vlasopoulos (1)2Top 25Greece
Frank Schrader (5)3Top 25Germany
Valentin Nikotin (3)**4Top 25Russia
Syed Ariful Bari (1)5Top 25Bangladesh
Ninoslav Čerkez (1)6Top 25Croatia
Viacheslav Stepanov (3)7Top 25Russia
Chris Saxon (2)8Top 25United Kingdom
mentzel.iudith (4)9Top 25Israel
kowido (3)10Top 25No Country Set
Chad Lee (2)11Top 25United States
monpara.sanjay (0)12Top 25India
Mike Pargeter (4)13Top 25United Kingdom
Jeff Kemp (6)14Top 25Australia
Janis Baiza (3)15Top 25Latvia
Kevan Gelling (3)16Top 25Isle of Man
Hrvoje Torbašinović (2)17Top 25Croatia
Randy Gettman (4)18Top 25United States
Siim Kask (4)19Top 25Estonia
Dejan Topalovic (1)20Top 25Austria
Jerry Bull (2)21Top 25United States
Anna Onishchuk (3)22Top 25Ireland
_tiki_4_ (0)23Top 25Germany
james su (3)24Top 25Canada
Niels Hecker (5)25Top 25Germany
Andre van der Put (0)26WildcardNetherlands
John Hall (3)27CorrectnessUnited States
Yuan Tschang (1)29CorrectnessUnited States
Justin Michael Raj (0)56WildcardIndia
Nina (0)58WildcardRussia
Joaquin Gonzalez (3)60CorrectnessSpain
Dalibor Kovač (3)61CorrectnessCroatia
Frank Schmitt (0)82WildcardGermany
ZoltanKekes (1)83CorrectnessUnited States
Gideon Bruggink (0)103CorrectnessNetherlands
Vincent Malgrat (0)108CorrectnessFrench Republic
sbramhe (2)123WildcardNo Country Set
Dennis Klemme (5)146WildcardGermany
andrewc (0)206CorrectnessNew Zealand
dsinagl (0)313CorrectnessNo Country Set
Pedro Bravet (0)436CorrectnessSpain

**Valentin Nikotin was incorrectly left off the initial list of participants because in Q1 2012, he changed to non-competitive play so that he could help the PL/SQL Challenge by writing lots of quizzes. Due to a bug in our algorithms, that left him out of the qualifying process for the playoff. So we have added him into the playoff, and also kept Andre van der Put in the playoff (he is now ranked 26th) as a Wildcard player.


  1. Go Go Mentzel Iudith! I'm so proud.
    Nir Carasso

  2. Thanks Nir, you make me feel embarrassed !

    For the other readers of this blog, Nir Carasso
    is one of the best DBA-s that I have ever met
    and the best colleague that I have ever worked with for several good years.

    One should probably visit this site more often
    to see how great players are playing this challenge daily.

    Yes, we, the "seasoned players" are well aware
    of what is "the PlayOff feeling" :) :) :)

    It is always a great satisfaction to qualify,
    the failure comes afterwards only ...

    And this last quarter was an especially tough one.

    Thanks a lot & Best Regards,