Can local Courtney Shah win 'Jeopardy!' Tournament of Champions?
For fans of the quiz show "Jeopardy!," the past couple years have been something to remember.
The show has featured three of the greatest players in history in Amy Schneider, who had 40 consecutive wins, Matt Amodio (38) and Mattea Roach (23), along with fellow super champions Ryan Long (16) and Jonathan Fisher (11).
And, now, the showdown has finally arrived. The five super champions, along with other champions who won at least four games — including Portland resident Courtney Shah — and champions of the National College Championship, Professors Tournament and Second Chance competition (two players) will compete in a highly anticipated Tournament of Champions, starting Monday, Oct. 31.
There will be 21 contestants in the tournament, which airs on KATU (2) at 7 p.m.
Shah won seven "Jeopardy!" games in 2021. She's a community college history instructor at Lower Columbia Community College in Longview, Washington. She lives in Northwest Portland and is a 1992 graduate of Sunset High School.
Schneider, Amodio and Roach have earned first-round byes.
Quarterfinals are held Oct. 31-Nov. 7, and there'll be an exhibition game Nov. 8 with the three top seeds.
Shah competes on Thursday, Nov. 3. John Focht of El Paso, Texas, a four-game winner, and a second chance winner will be her opponents.
Semifinals are Nov. 9-11 — Schneider plays on Nov 9, Amodio on Nov. 10 and Roach on Nov. 11.
There will be a best-of-seven finals series; the first champion to win three games claims the $250,000 grand prize.
The first three finals games are Monday, Nov. 14-Wednesday, Nov. 16; the "if necessary" next four games would be Nov. 17-22.
The Tournament of Champions will be conducted by Ken Jennings, one of the shows great players of the past.
For more: http://www.jeopardy.com/toc2022.
More from Shah's 2021 appearance:
Her streak came to an end Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
On Monday, July 5, she answered the final Double Jeopardy answer correctly for $2,000 to take the lead and then answered Final Jeopardy correctly, giving her the win. She had a commanding lead in the Tuesday, July 6, game and still got the Final Jeopardy question correct for winnings of $21,600, pushing her seven-day total to $118,558. Then, she answered correctly on Final Jeopardy on Wednesday, July 7 — a question about which band with a nicknamed lead singer had No. 1 albums in the 1980s, '90s, 2000s and 2010s (U2 with Bono) — but a competitor also answered correctly, ending Shah's run.
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