World Memory Championships

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The cards to be played in the competition

The World Memory Championships is an organized competition of memory 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, with the exception of 1992.[2] It was originated by Tony Buzan and co founded by Tony Buzan and Ray Keene. It continues to be organised by the same partnership. Four Brits, three Germans, one Chinese, one Swede, and one American have achieved the title of world champion.[3] The first winner was Dominic O'Brien of the United Kingdom.[4] The current world champion is Alex Mullen of the United States.[5]

Format[edit]

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 minutes: 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 minutes: 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.

Venues and winners[edit]

# Year Venue Winner
1 1991 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
2 1993 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
3 1994 London United Kingdom Jonathan Hancock
4 1995 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
5 1996 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
6 1997 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
7 1998 London United Kingdom Andi Bell
8 1999 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
9 2000 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
10 2001 London United Kingdom Dominic O'Brien
11 2002 London United Kingdom Andi Bell
12 2003 Kuala Lumpur United Kingdom Andi Bell
13 2004 Manchester United Kingdom Ben Pridmore
14 2005 Oxford Germany Clemens Mayer
15 2006 London Germany Clemens Mayer
16 2007 Bahrain Germany Gunther Karsten
17 2008 Bahrain United Kingdom Ben Pridmore
18 2009 London United Kingdom Ben Pridmore
19 2010 Guangzhou China Wang Feng
20 2011 Guangzhou China Wang Feng
21 2012 London Germany Johannes Mallow
22 2013 London Sweden Jonas von Essen
23 2014 Hainan Sweden Jonas von Essen
24 2015 Chengdu United States Alex Mullen
25 2016 Singapore United States Alex Mullen

Full results from past championships can be found on the World Memory Statistics website.[6]

Records[edit]

An up-to-date list of world and national records can be found on the International Association of Memory statistics website.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The World Memory Championships - Memory Training - Accelerated Learning
  2. ^ "World Memory Championships | World Memory Statistics". www.world-memory-statistics.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ "World Memory Championships | World Memory Statistics". www.world-memory-statistics.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  4. ^ "World Memory Championship 1991 | World Memory Statistics". www.world-memory-statistics.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  5. ^ "World Memory Championships 2016 (Combined) | World Memory Statistics". www.world-memory-statistics.com. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  6. ^ "World Memory Championships | World Memory Statistics". www.world-memory-statistics.com. Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  7. ^ "World Records | International Association of Memory Statistics". www.iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29. 

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