London to host programming world games

Computer nerds tired of having sand kicked in their faces have a chance of revenge in August when the first ever programming world competition takes place in London.

The Computer Programming World Championship will be part of the Mind Sports Olympiad which takes place August 18-24 at the Royal Festival Hall. Entrants will be given copies of C++, C, Pascal and Prolog compilers, and asked to compose programs.

Other events at the Fujitsu-sponsored competition include chess, bridge, Scrabble and memory games. The associated Virtual Mind Sports Olympiad will let Internet-connected PC users try their hand at several of the games and tasks.

More information is also available by telephone on 0171-485 9146.