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Memory Championships Created on 19 Jan. 2018 Last updated on 19 Jan. 2018

World Memory Championship is, a mind sports championship which to decide person who had strongest memory power, founded in 1991 by Tony Buzan (UK, born 1942) and Raymond Keene (UK, born 1948).

In the present world, there are none international competitions that to decide the best genius in the world, or to decide the smartest person. It seems that there are a convention that decides the world's higest IQ (IQ Championship), although little known about it and internationally conventions have never been held. Compared to the World Memory Championships, the recognition of IQ competitions is generally low, and as the event to compete, the World Memory Championship has more participants, the number of hits at search engines and the related books Has been published several times, it is clear that the world memory championship is more noteable.

As a competition that uses the brain, the World Memory Championship is one of the most famous and popular things, that is, it can be said that it is closest to the competition that decides people with the world's smartest mind.

Logo of WMSC

Logo of IAM

In fact, the organization of memory championship are not only one, but two. one is WMSC(World Memory Sports Council), founded in 1991 by Tony Buzan and et al. the other is IAM(International Association of Memory), founded in 2016 by people who abandoned the corrupt WMSC which became held world championship only in China. Confusingly, both organizations independently create rankings and hold world championships. The administrator of this web page wishes that the two organizations will reconcile and reintegrate.

By the way, In the case of international championship of chess, like memory championship, the organization has been divided once. It was divided in 1993 and re-integration in 2016, 13 years of time has passed.

Until the end of 2000s (2000 - 2009), the vast majority of the top of world ranking is come from Europe. Since 2010, Asians increased to the top of the rankings. Now Asia is being the center of memory sports. The IAM's first world championships were held not in Europe, but in Jakarta, Asia. This is symbolic example of it.
In Asia, despite had population of only 3 million, Mongolia has many strong memory player and a lot of Mongolians are into the top of world ranking of memory sports. This is like Jamaican people on sprint (especially 100 and 200 meters) of track-and-field events. Jamaica, which has almost the same population of Mongolia has many strong sprinter and a lot of Jamaicans are into the top of world ranking of sprint sports.


Lists of memory sports records


List of World Memory Champions(Source
Note: gender of athletes are, only Alstid Plessl and Munkhshur Narmandakh are woman, and all other beings are man.
Time Date Champion Score of
Champion

In parentheses,
Score in
current standards
Birth date Age when
became
champion
Runner-up Score of
Runner-up

In parentheses,
Score in
current standards
Score of
Runner-up
when
Champion = 1
1 26 Oct. 1991  Dominic O'Brien Unknown 10 Aug. 1957 34y, 77b  Jonathan Hancock Unknown Unknown
2 7-8 Aug. 1993  Dominic O'Brien(2nd term) 92.5 (2,441) 10 Aug. 1957 35y, 363d  Jonathan Hancock 80.5(1,677) 0.870
3 6-7 Aug. 1994  Jonathan Hancock 1,080 (3,240) 12 Feb. 1972 22y, 176d  Dominic O'Brien 1,040(3,309) 0.962
4 1995年8月5-6日  Dominic O'Brien(3rd term) 1,041.8 (4,152) 10 Aug. 1957 37y, 361d  Jonathan Hancock 835.4(3,450) 0.801
5 3-4 Aug. 1996  Dominic O'Brien(4th term) 1,046.51 (3,994) 10 Aug. 1957 38y, 360d  Andi Bell 707.7(2,875) 0.676
6 22-23 Aug. 1997  Dominic O'Brien(5th term) 1,049.1 (4,345) 10 Aug. 1957 40y, 13d  Andi Bell 778.1(3,035) 0.741
7 ? Aug. 1998  Andi Bell 928 (3,925) 1972 24 or 25y  Michael Tipper 583.3(1,960) 0.628
8 26 - 27 Aug. 1999  Dominic O'Brien(6th term) 784.7 (3,907) 10 Aug. 1957 42y, 17d  Andi Bell 578.4(2,703) 0.737
9 21-22 Aug. 2000  Dominic O'Brien(7th term) 764.6 (3,771) 10 Aug. 1957 43y, 12d  Andi Bell 692.5(3,455) 0.905
10 25-26 Aug. 2001  Dominic O'Brien(8th term) 6,263 (4,436) 10 Aug. 1957 44y, 16d  Gunther Karsten 4,985(3,308) 0.795
11 24-26 Aug. 2002  Andi Bell(2nd term) 6,927 (4,856) 1972 29 or 30y  Dominic O'Brien 6,361(4,498) 0.918
12 3-5 Oct. 2003  Andi Bell(3rd term) 6,701 (4,718) 1972 30 or 31y  Astrid Plessl 6,673(4,768) 0.995
13 28-30 Aug. 2004  Ben Pridmore 8,302 (5,392) 14 Oct. 1976 27y, 321d  Astrid Plessl 7,508(5,236) 0.904
14 13-15 Aug. 2005  Clemens Mayer 6,240 (5,122) 25 Sep. 1985 19y, 324d  Gunther Karsten 6,070(4,656) 0.972
15 19-21 Aug. 2006  Clemens Mayer(2nd term) 7,302 (5,171) 25 Sep. 1985 20y, 330d  Gunther Karsten 6,934(4,658) 0.949
16 31 Aug. - 1 Sep. 2007  Gunther Karsten 6,986 (4,767) 23 Sep. 1961 45y, 344d  Ben Pridmore 6,963(4,819) 0.996
17 24-26 Oct. 2008  Ben Pridmore(2nd term) 7,908 (5,357) 14 Oct. 1976 32y, 12d  Gunther Karsten 6,859(4,529) 0.867
18 12-14 Nov. 2009  Ben Pridmore(3rd term) 7,854 (5,271) 14 Oct. 1976 33y, 31d  Johannes Mallow 7,321(4,975) 0.932
19 3-5 Nov. 2010  Wang Feng 9,486 (6,076) 1990 20y  Johannes Mallow 8,640(5,642) 0.910
20 7-9 Dec. 2011  Wang Feng(2nd term) 8,478 (6,237) 1990 21y  Liu Su 6,673(4,840) 0.787
21 14-16 Dec. 2012  Johannes Mallow 8,413 (6,407) 7 June 1981 31y, 192d  Simon Reinhard 8,344(6,291) 0.991
22 30 Nov. - 2 Dec. 2013  Jonas von Essen 8,534 (6,434) 24 Apr. 1991 23y, 222d  Johannes Mallow 8,022(6,119) 0.940
23 11-14 Dec. 2014  Jonas von Essen(2nd term) 8,189 (6,755) 24 Apr. 1991 23y, 234d  Simon Reinhard 7,118(5,931) 0.869
24 16-18 Dec. 2015  Alex Mullen 8,926 (7,429) 3 Mar. 1992 23y, 290d  Marwin Wellonius 8,872(7,395) 0.993
25 14-18 Dec. 2016 WMSC competition  Alex Mullen(2nd term) 8,647 3 Mar. 1992 24y, 290d  Huang Shenghua 7,141 0.825
26 1-3 Dec. 2017 IAM competition  Alex Mullen(3rd term) 9,061 (8,645) 3 Mar. 1992 25y. 275d  Munkhshur Narmandakh 7,883(7,406) 0.869
6-8 Dec. 2017 WMSC competition  Munkhshur Narmandakh 8,035 3 Jan. 1999 18y, 339d  Shi Binbin 8,030 0.999

Major records
Title Titleholder(s) Record
Oldest Champion  Gunther Karsten 45y, 344d
Youngest Champion  Clemens Mayer19y, 324d
 Munkhshur Narmandakh18y, 339d(WMSC competition)
The most champion  Dominic O'Brien 8 Times
The most champion in a continuous  Dominic O'Brien 3 Times(1995 - 1997 and 1999 - 2001)
 Alex Mullen 3 Times(2015 - 2017 Note: 2016 is WMSC competition. 2017 is IAM competition.)

World Renking: Top 10(Source: IAM)AS of 6 Jan. 2018
Rank Name Points Sex Recorded year
1  Alex Mullen 8,645 M 2017
2  Johannes Mallow 8,053 M 2013
3  Zou Lujian 7,520 M 2017
4  Su Zehe 7,460 M 2017
5  Munkhshur Narmandakh 7,406 F 2017
6  Marwin Wellonius 7,395 M 2015
7  Yanjaa Wintersoul 7,179 F 2017
8  Simon Reinhard 7,130 M 2017
9  Lkhagvadulam Enkhtuya 7,108 F 2017
10  Eunkhshur Narmandakh 6,997 F 2017

World Renking: Top 10(Sources: WMSC)As of 6 Jan. 2018
Rank Name Points Sex Recorded year
1  Johannes Mallow 8,792 M 2013
2  Alex Mullen 8,647 M 2016
3  Marwin Wallonius 8,086 M 2015
4  Simon Reinhard 7,806 M 2015
5  Jonas von Essen 7,407 M 2014
6  Huang Shenghua 7,141 M 2016
7  Su Zehe 7,088 M 2016
8  Wang Feng 6,779 M 2011
9  Munkhshur Narmandakh 6,770 F 2016
10  Liu Huifeng 6,730 F 2016

World Ranking: Top 10 as of 28 Aug. 2010 (Source: Internet Archive)
Rank Name Points Sex Recorded year
1  Ben Pridmore 7,908 M 2008
2  Gunter Karsten 7,631 M 2007
3  Simon Reinhard 7,624 M 2009
4  Johannes Mallow 7,321 M 2009
5  Clemens Mayer 7,302 M 2006
6  Astrid Plessl 6,909 F 2004
7  Cornelia Beddies 6,878 M 2007
8  Boris Konrad 6,619 M 2009
9  Wang Feng 6,480 M 2009
10  Joachim Thaler 6,440 M 2006


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