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A Memorable 25 years for the Mind Sport of Memory



Alex Mullen (USA) is now the two time World Memory Champion with victory in the Jubilee WMC in Singapore

Reigning World Champion Alex Mullen smashes the Hour Cards with 1612 cards, 1626 points

UPDATE ON THE SCORES:   Towards the end of the competition a number of our top officials including eight times World Memory Champion Dominic O’Brian, Chief Arbiter Phil Chambers, General Secretary Chris Day and others, were taken ill with a local ‘flu virus. This meant that they were unable to complete answering the ‘pink slips’ of queries from competitors about their scores. Until these are finalised we cannot publish final scores. Fortunately, Senior Arbiter Jennifer Goddard in Australia has come to the rescue and is answering the outstanding competitors queries.  We apologise that this has delayed the publishing of the final scores, but we hope to complete them very shortly.  

 Please note: If you are expecting your name to be on the new list of IMMs and it is not there, it may be that we are still working on your scores. Please email us urgently if this is the case

The 25th Jubilee World Memory Championships took place in the prestigious Fairmont Hotel in Singapore. With 230 competitors registered from over 30 countries, this is by far the most comprehensive test of memory in the world. Over three days, competitors will take part in 10 different memory disciplines with the one who achieves the highest cumulative score being awarded the title of World Memory Champion.

The Mind Sport of Memory was founded by Professor Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps, along with Raymond Keene OBE, International Chess Grand Master, in 1991. The competition is being staged by the World Memory Sports Council which is the world-wide governing body of the sport.

Joining them in Singapore is eight times World Memory Champion, Dominic O’Brien, the Head of Ethics for the sport, and Phil Chambers, the Chief Arbiter.

World Memory Championships Co-Founder, Professor Tony Buzan, was honoured last month by the award of the Golden Gavel in Washington DC for his outstanding contributions to global communication, of which Memory and Mind Mapping are crucial elements.

The World Memory Sports Council has now secured confirmation of the staging the backing for and the confirmation of the 2017 Twenty Sixth World Memory Championship. Full details will be announced after completion of our forthcoming Jubilee Celebration Twenty Fifth World Championship this year.

And do watch this space for further announcements and exciting new global initiatives!

Ray Keene OBE

International chess Grandmaster.  WMSC President

Montegrappa Pens to Award Jubilee World Memory Championship Prizes worth £10,000.

Brain Pen

 The Brain Pen (2012) now a highly sought after collector’s  piece, designed with a mesh of interconnected neurons cast in solid silver or gold!

Montegrappa, the Italian traditional pen craftsmen, and makers of the world’s most exclusive luxury writing instruments, have offered top of the range specially designed fountain pens to the gold, silver and bronze medalists in this year’s world memory championship. Designed specifically for the championship , the Montegrappa memory pens will be made from gold, silver and bronze precious metals which are traditionally associated with victory in competitive activities.

The world memory championship is scheduled for Raffles City,   Singapore, in December 2016 and will be the celebration 25th jubilee  championship in the series. Previous championships have been staged  at Oxford University, Imperial College London, the Royal Festival  Hall and Olympia, as well as internationally at various locations  around the world such as the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Hainan and Chengdu.

The three limited edition pens will be the first three pieces from the new ‘Memory’ collection being launched by Montegrappa at the end  of 2016. This is the second time the company has produced a  collection of pens celebrating the brilliance of the human brain, the  first being ‘The Brain Pen’ launched in 2012 and now sold out and  only available as a collector’s piece at auction or through rare pen dealers.

Montegrappa, a strong supporter of the campaign to protect  traditional hand writing, has worked with brain scientists and  experts such as Professor Tony Buzan and Doctor Richard Restak, to demonstrate that traditional cursive writing is beneficial to healthy brain development and longevity.

The total value of the gold, silver and bronze prize pens are valued  at over £10,000 and, according to world memory championship  co-founder Professor Tony Buzan, represent a major contribution to  the rewards on offer to the memory champions and aspirants at the  25th Jubilee championships.

app-pic-1To celebrate the 25th Jubilee Anniversary of the Mind Sport of Memory the World Memory Sports Council is delighted to announce the wmc-app-logolaunch of a new memory training APP. This is being released at this year’s World Memory Championship. It is being offered as a free gift to all competitors to help all competitors to improve their skills.

We would particularly like to thank WMSC China, our Asia Pacific President, David Zhang, Mr Guo Chuanwei, Mr Sam Huang, Mr Li Lei and all their team at Shenzhen Unipad Science and Technology Co Ltd for their hard work and imagination for creating this valuable tool.  The WMSC Memory Training APP is currently in Beta and we are looking for your help in  and giving us your feedback.  Currently the APP can only be used on Android tablets.

The team has spent the last six months building the programme which is unique with all its features. It is the only APP that has been endorsed by WMC founder Tony Buzan and eight times World Memory Champion, Dominic O’brien.

As special additional prizes to  the top competitors at the 2016 WMC, the WMSC Memory Training APP loaded onto a high spec Android tablet, complete with stand, will be presented to the top five competitors in the Kids, Junior and Adults category plus one for the Senior Champion.  These additional prizes are worth £5,000!


The Mind Sport of Memory Comes of Age

Dominic-thumbWhen Dominic O’Brien became the first World Memory Champion in 1991, he could have had no idea that, 25 years later, and sparked by that one event, an entire worldwide movement of Memory Sports could have been born.  Dominic himself went on to become World Memory Champion a total of eight times and has been the inspiration for many to take up the sport.  He is now Head of Ethics for the sport, and also the President of the Europe and Russia Region.

As with every amateur sport, the Mind Sport of Memory started small, it has grown from being just one annual event, the World Memory Championships, to become a global movement which now covers all continents.  Not surprisingly, the original structure, which had grown organically,  has today been swamped by the demands of a fast-growing international sport.  The status quo was no longer an option.  As a result, and as a part of our Jubilee Celebration Year, the founders of the sport are announcing some dramatic changes to the way the sport is managed and financed to achieve these important objectives;

  • to put memory skills training and mental literacy skills at the heart of the education system worldwide
  • to make learning mental literacy skills and memory techniques accessible to all irrespective of income, culture, circumstances, location, age, or gender
  • to inspire people to take up the sport at every level by the achievements of our elite mental athletes
  • to raise the profile of our memory stars and to ensure they receive the international recognition that their achievements so richly deserve
  • to promote the highest levels of integrity, ethics, values and sportsmanship throughout the sport
  • to attract commercial sponsorship to be able to support the educational and charitable objectives of the organisation
  • to grow the sport in all continents and to eventually make it an Olympic sport

To achieve all this requires the sport to ‘come of age’ and to create a new structure which has the expertise and resources to support international growth, and to better support our competitors. The sport will only achieve its rightful global status if everyone is working to the same ends.

The first major change will be that the administration of the rules, disciplines, ethics, standards,  World Rankings and statistics, will done by a new, charitable not-for-profit organisation known as the World Memory Foundation.  Its main objective is to protect the purity of the sport, recognise the achievements of our competitors and spearhead our educational programme.

To make the sport more accessible to all competitors, the new World Memory Foundation will also establish a Bursary Fund supported by sponsorship, to provide financial support for competitors, who meet appropriate criteria, and help to fund their travel and accommodation when attending international memory competitions.   No one should be unable to compete due to financial circumstances.

The World Memory Foundation will be funded by the World Memory Sports Council which will now focus on growing the sport, attracting sponsorship and staging high profile international memory competitions. To achieve this, regional presidents are being appointed in each major continent to spearhead this growth.

SCHOOLS MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTATIONS Pictured at the first SCHOOLS MEMORY CHAMPIONSHIP at the Park Inn in Northampton is Raymond Keene for info contact Ray Hodges 01628 894793 or Picture by Adam Fradgley

Joint founder of the sport Raymond Keene OBE, has been appointed to the executive role of Global President of the Sport.  Joint founder Tony Buzan continues his role as Ambassador  Emeritus for the sport.

There will now be five separate regions for the sport worldwide, each run by a Regional President.  They are:  Dominic O’Brien for the UK, Europe and Russia;  Dr Manahel Thabet – Middle East and Africa;  David Zhang – Asia Pacific Region; Prince Marek Kasperski – Australia and New Zealand;   Michael Gelb – North America and Canada; and  Dr Jorge Castenada – South American Region.  The regional presidents will be responsible for the National Memory Sports Councils in their territories, plus all certification and accreditation.

One of the most successful achievements of the past 25 years of the sport has been the exceptionally high level of arbiting of memory competitions by Chief Arbiter Phil Chambers and his international team of voluntary arbiters worldwide.  Some time ago The Guild of Mind Sports Arbiters was formed to train, develop and certify volunteer arbiters. Phil Chambers has now been appointed Life President of G.O.M.S.A in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the sport over the last 25 years.

WMSC General Secretary Chris Day will have his role extended to include the World Memory Foundation with an enlarged secretariat which includes Alexander Keene who played such an important role in the recent World Memory Championships in China.

“This is an exciting moment for the Mind Sport of Memory,” says President Raymond Keene. “The last 25 years has seen interest in competitive memory grow in every continent.  The sport now needs to be moved onto a more professional footing to better support our competitors, our competition organisers and fulfil our vision to put memory skills training and mental literacy skills at the heart of the education system worldwide. I am excited to have such  a strong line up of Regional Presidents who will be Ambassadors for the sport in their territories and attract the attention of governments, educationalists and commercial sponsors.”

“The 2016 World Memory Championships in Singapore on December 14-18 will be the highlight of our Jubilee Celebrations, and will herald in an exciting new era for competitive memory.  This year is history in the making!”



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