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World Memory Championships

The cards to be played in the competition

The World Memory Championships is an organized competition of Dominic O'Brien.


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

Year Venue Winner
1991 London Dominic O'Brien
1993 London Dominic O'Brien
1994 London Jonathan Hancock
1995 London Dominic O'Brien
1996 London Dominic O'Brien
1997 London Dominic O'Brien
1998 London Andi Bell
1999 London Dominic O'Brien
2000 London Dominic O'Brien
2001 London Dominic O'Brien
2002 London Andi Bell
2003 Kuala Lumpur Andi Bell
2004 Manchester Ben Pridmore
2005 Oxford Clemens Mayer
2006 London Clemens Mayer
2007 Bahrain Gunther Karsten
2008 Bahrain Ben Pridmore
2009 London Ben Pridmore
2010 Guangzhou Wang Feng
2011 Guangzhou Wang Feng
2012 London Johannes Mallow
2013 London Jonas von Essen
2014 Hainan Coming December, 2014[2]

See also


  1. ^ The World Memory Championships - Memory Training - Accelerated Learning
  2. ^ WMC 2014, China

External links

  • World Memory Championships website
  • Memoriad - World Memory Olympics website
  • USA National Memory Championships
  • Memory Techniques from Australian Memory Champion Tansel Ali
  • Official Memory Training Tool of World Memory Championship
  • List of Memory Competitions
  • RNG v1.0 Random Number Generator for training Working Memory
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