World Memory Championships

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The cards to be played in the competition

The World Memory Championships is an organized competition of mental sports in which competitors memorize as much information as possible within a given period of time.[1] The Championship has taken place annually since 1991 and has been staged by various organisations. The first winner was Dominic O'Brien.

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The World Championships consist of ten different disciplines, where the competitors have to memorize as much as they can in a period of time:

  1. One Hour Numbers (23712892....)
  2. 5 Minute Numbers
  3. Spoken Numbers, read out one per second
  4. 30 Minutes Binary Digits (011100110001001....)
  5. One Hour Playing Cards (as many decks of cards as possible)
  6. Random Lists of Words (House, playing, Orphan, Encyclopedia....)
  7. Names and Faces (15 minutes, world record: 164 names)
  8. 5 min Historic Dates (fictional events and historic years)
  9. Abstract Images (black and white randomly generated spots)
  10. Speed Cards - Always the last discipline. Memorize the order of one shuffled deck of 52 playing cards as fast as possible. World record: 21.19 seconds.

Venues and Winners of World Memory Championships[edit]

Year Venue Winner
1991 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
1993 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
1994 London United Kingdom Jonathan Hancock
1995 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
1996 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
1997 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
1998 London United Kingdom Andi Bell
1999 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
2000 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
2001 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
2002 London United Kingdom Andi Bell
2003 Kuala Lumpur United Kingdom Andi Bell
2004 Manchester United Kingdom Ben Pridmore
2005 Oxford Germany Clemens Mayer
2006 London Germany Clemens Mayer
2007 Bahrain Germany Gunther Karsten
2008 Bahrain United Kingdom Ben Pridmore
2009 London United Kingdom Ben Pridmore
2010 Guangzhou China Wang Feng
2011 Guangzhou China Wang Feng
2012 London Germany Johannes Mallow
2013 London Sweden Jonas von Essen
2014 Hainan Sweden Jonas von Essen

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