Dominic O'Brien, is his powerful new book "You can have an Amazing Memory" explains how memory games and memory achievements are vital for learning and everyday life ...
"What is the point in memorising a 2,000 digit number or 20 shuffled decks of playing cards? But then, what's the point in running around a 400-metre track as fast as you can when all you're really doing is going around in circles?
"What, indeed, is the point in 11 fully grown men kicking a football from one end of a field to try to get in a net at the other end, while another 11 fully grown men try to stop them?
"The point, whether it's football, running, tennis, ice hockey, darts, memory or any game you care to mention, is that the process of getting there, of being successful, involves learning on many levels." (Page 204)
At local, national and international events, ordinary people test their ability to use their amazing brains against themselves (Personal Bests) and against others around the world. We applaud their dedication and what they have achieved!
Memory Year eBooks
In 2008, Phil Chambers and Chris Day compiled and published the first Year Book. The idea to publish an Annual Year Book of Memory Achievements is ambitious and has now evolved as an online project of individual ebooks for each year.
We are collecting and compiling stories from all countries over the 21 years of Memory Championships - please submit any interesting stories and information in any year of competition to Jennifer Goddard firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Masters of Memory
Congratulations to the 36 new Grandmasters of Memory who were recognised at the 2011 World Memory Championships (updated 14/1/2012)
Akjol Syeryekkhaan The Grand Master qualifying criteria is as
Chen Jian Ting
Chen Ping Ping
Huang Rong Hao
Jiang Zhuo Lang
Liu Kong Jie
Lu Fei Fei
Mark Anthony P. Castaneda
Sun Xiao Hui
Tan Qiu Fan
Xiong Yuan Fang
Zhang Zuo Yi Wei
Zhu Xuan Hao
- 1 Hour Cards - 520 cards (10 complete packs)
- 1 Hour Numbers - 1000 numbers
- Speed Cards - a single deck of 52 cards in 2 minutes
All Three levels must be attained. These can be attained at different competitions over a number of years.
However, they can only be achieved in competitions that have been officially approved and arbited by the World Memory Sport Council.
The title of Grand Master of Memory was first awarded in October 1995 at a Memory Awards Ceremony at Hanbury Manor.
The event was a conscious homage to the very first award of chess grandmaster titles at St Petersburg in 1914 by Czar Nicholas II to the greats of the world's most widespread mind sport.
The award of the memory titles was jointly sanctioned by His Serene Highness Prince Philip von und zu Liechtenstein, the Brain Trust Charity, which endorsed and hosted the event, and Tony Buzan, International Arbiter of Mental World Records.
As at the end of the 2011 World Memory Championships there are 122 Grand Masters from 16 countries
Competitors who wish to attain their grandmaster qualifications at a World Memory Championships must ensure that they compete in all 10 disciplines at a reasonable level i.e. not solely focusing on the Grand Master Events.
The Grand Master qualifying criteria is as