'Mind wizards' put to the test.Byline: ANIQA HAIDER
MORE than 70 'mind wizards' put their skills to the test in Bahrain yesterday in an attempt to be declared the most intelligent person alive.
They will compete over four days for the title and the top prize of $10,000 (BD3,780).
Dignitaries and VIPs attended the opening of the 17th World Memory Championship (WMC WMC Winter Music Conference
WMC Weill Medical College (Cornell University)
WMC Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (Madison, WI)
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The event took place under the patronage of Goys chairman Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, who kicked off the proceedings.
The WMC, part of the Festival of the Mind, is being held for the third time outside the UK and only the second time in the Middle East.
Shaikh Fawaz said Bahrain was proud to be hosting the event and thanked the organisers, Intelnacom.
"It is a pleasure to welcome competitors from all over the world to our beautiful kingdom," he told delegates.
"With so many competitors on board, we feel sure the competition will be very exciting and challenging and we wish everyone success."
A number of past champions are vying vy·ing
Present participle of vie.
vying vie for the title and competitors are tested on 10 disciplines, some of which can last up to three hours.
These include memorising playing cards playing cards, parts of a set or deck, used in playing various games of chance or skill. The origin of playing cards is unknown, and almost as many theories exist as there are historians of the subject. , binary numbers Numbers stored in pure binary form. Within one byte (8 bits), the values 0 to 255 can be held. Two contiguous bytes (16 bits) can hold values from 0 to 65,535. See numbers and binary values. , historic and future dates, names and faces, random words and spoken numbers.
The disciplines are not culturally or language specific to ensure a level playing field See net neutrality. for the competition.
The entrant en·trant
One that enters, especially one that enters a competition.
[French, from present participle of entrer, to enter, from Old French; see enter. with the highest combined score will be crowned champion at the conclusion of the event on Sunday.
The festival is open to the public from 9am to 8pm today and tomorrow and features a mind development exhibition and workshops run by leading speakers from around the world.
The guru of Mind Mapping, Tony Buzan This article or section needs sources or references that appear in reliable, third-party publications. Alone, primary sources and sources affiliated with the subject of this article are not sufficient for an accurate encyclopedia article. , will also offer a number of workshops today and tomorrow from 9am to 12 noon and 3-6pm.
Topics included will be 'The eight leadership success secrets', 'Unleash the power of your memory', 'Speed reading for teenagers', 'The power of positive thinking' and 'Food for the brain'.
The festival has been sponsored by Al Watan, Gulf Daily News, the Tourism Club and Microsoft.
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