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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 organized by the WMSC (World Memory Sports Council), which was jointly founded by Tony Buzan and Ray Keene. In 2016, due to the dispute between some players and WMSC, the IAM (International Association of Memory) was launched.[3] In 2017, both organizations hosted their own world championships.

The current IAM world champion is Alex Mullen of the US.[4] The current WMSC world champion is Munkhshur Narmandakh of Mongolia.[5] Narmandakh also attended the 2017 IAM World Championship, finishing second behind Mullen, who did not compete in the WMSC event.[6]

Contents

FormatEdit

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-minute binary digits (011100110001001....)
  5. One hour playing cards (as many decks of cards as possible)
  6. 15-minute random lists of words (house, playing, orphan, encyclopedia....)
  7. 15-minute names and faces
  8. 5-minute historic dates (fictional events and historic years)
  9. 15-minute abstract images (WMSC, black and white randomly generated spots) / 5-minute random images (IAM, concrete images)
  10. Speed cards - Always the last discipline. Memorize the order of one shuffled deck of 52 playing cards as fast as possible.

Venues and winnersEdit

Undisputed world champions (1991-2016)Edit

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

Notes:

  • * – The 2016 World Championships was hosted by the WMSC and was the first world championship not recognized by the IAM, who did not host their own world championship that year.[9]
  •   – For comparison, WMSC point totals above from 2017 onward have been normalized using the IAM scoring standards in effect at the time of competition.[10][11]
  •   – Narmandakh also attended the 2017 IAM World Championship, finishing second behind Mullen, who did not compete in the WMSC event.[12]

RecordsEdit

An up-to-date list of world and national records can be found on the International Association of Memory Statistics website,[13] and the World Memory Statistics website.[14] The best of them are listed in the following table.

Discipline Record Athlete Event
Hour numbers 3238 digits   Alex Mullen IAM World Championships 2017
5-minute numbers 568 digits   Alex Mullen IAM World Championships 2017
Spoken numbers 456 digits   Lance Tschirhart World Championships 2015
30-minute binary digits 6270 digits   Munkhshur Narmandakh IAM Asia Championships 2017
Hour cards 1924 cards   Munkhshur Narmandakh WMSC World Championships 2017
15-minute random words 318 words   Katie Kermode IAM European Open 2016
15-minute names and faces 212 points    Yanjaa Wintersoul IAM World Championships 2017
5-minute historic dates 133 dates   Alex Mullen IAM World Championships 2017
15-minute abstract images 672 points   Su Zehe WMSC Asia Pacific Championships 2017
5-minute random images 354 points    Yanjaa Wintersoul IAM World Championships 2017
Speed cards 13.96 seconds   Zou Lujian WMSC World Championships 2017

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "International Association of Memory | Memory Sports". memory-sports.com. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
  4. ^ "World Memory Championships 2017 Overall | International Association of Memory Statistics". www.iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  5. ^ "2017 WMC | World Memory Championships". www.worldmemorychampionships.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  6. ^ "International Association of Memory Statistics". www.iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  7. ^ "World Memory Championships 2017 Overall | International Association of Memory Statistics". www.iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  8. ^ "26th World Memory Championships, Shenzhen, China Full results | World Memory Championships" (PDF). www.worldmemorychampionships.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  9. ^ "World Memory Championships | International Association of Memory Statistics". www.iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  10. ^ "Scores | International Association of Memory Statistics". www.iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  11. ^ "Score Calculator | World Memory Statistics". www.world-memory-statistics.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  12. ^ "International Association of Memory Statistics". www.iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  13. ^ "IAM World and National Records | International Association of Memory statistics". iam-stats.com. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 
  14. ^ "WMSC World and National Records | World Memory Statistics". www.world-memory-statistics.com. Retrieved 2017-12-06. 

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