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Russia boasts best mental agility at World Mind Games

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Russia boasts best mental agility at World Mind Games
The summer Olympics may be a distant memory, but the World Mind Games are something altogether different, seeing international memory athletes flock to China to compete with brain instead of brawn.

This extravaganza of mental muscle finished in Beijing, China on 17 December, with Russia emerging as the big winner. The event saw 150 athletes from 27 countries competing in 14 variations of five sports, including chess, go, draughts, bridge and xiangqi a Chinese game that resembles chess.

Russia topped the medal table with six golds, five silvers and one bronze, with the Chinese team coming in a close second. England improved upon last year's tenth place, moving up to seventh with two golds and one bronze medal. The US fell from sixth in 2013 to 13th position this year.

[link to www.newscientist.com]