I haven’t really had the time to post since last Saturday, but now that I have a little it would be remiss of me not to pay tribute to LAM reader Stephen Cooke, who won the Brain of Mensa final in the Mensa Games finals weekends last Sunday.
The final, for which the estimable Brian Daugherty both compiled the questions, and acted as question master, was contested between Stephen Cooke, previous multiple champion Les Hurst, Ian Dalziel and me. Both Stephen and I were playing for the first time in the competition.
I was under no illusions that I was going into the final as anything other than an underdog, having seen just how good Les was when he beat me in the semi final. As it happened, Les was a couple of rounds getting into his formidable stride in the final, while Stephen led from the first round to the last. I have to take my hat off to both Stephen and Les. They were playing and supplying answers at a level which I couldn’t match, but could only admire. In the end Les was runner up , and I came third. If you know me then you’ll know that I would have loved to have won, but could have no complaints about the outcome, and to be honest, I’d really just wanted to get to the final in this, my first year. So congratulations, Stephen, and well played as well to Les, and also to Ian. Hopefully see you next year.