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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.

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
Time Date Name Score Score
in current standards
Sex Birth date Age when became champion
1 26 Oct. 1991  Dominic O'Brien Unknown Unknown M 10 Aug. 1957 34y, 77b
2 7-8 Aug. 1993  Dominic O'Brien(2nd term) 92.5 2,441 M 10 Aug. 1957 35y, 363d
3 6-7 Aug. 1994  Jonathan Hancock 1080 3,240 M 12 Feb. 1972 22y, 176d
4 1995年8月5-6日  Dominic O'Brien(3rd term) 1041.8 4,152 M 10 Aug. 1957 37y, 361d
5 3-4 Aug. 1996  Dominic O'Brien(4th term) 1046.51 3,994 M 10 Aug. 1957 38y, 360d
6 22-23 Aug. 1997  Dominic O'Brien(5th term) 1049.1 4,345 M 10 Aug. 1957 40y, 13d
7 ? Aug. 1998  Andi Bell 928 3,925 M 1972 24 or 25y
8 26 - 27 Aug. 1999  Dominic O'Brien(6th term) 784.7 3,907 M 10 Aug. 1957 42y, 17d
9 21-22 Aug. 2000  Dominic O'Brien(7th term) 764.6 3,771 M 10 Aug. 1957 43y, 12d
10 25-26 Aug. 2001  Dominic O'Brien(8th term) 6,263 4,436 M 10 Aug. 1957 44y, 16d
11 24-26 Aug. 2002  Andi Bell(2nd term) 6,927 4,856 M 1972 29 or 30y
12 3-5 Oct. 2003  Andi Bell(3rd term) 6,701 4,718 M 1972 30 or 31y
13 28-30 Aug. 2004  Ben Pridmore 8,302 5,392 M 14 Oct. 1976 27y, 321d
14 13-15 Aug. 2005  Clemens Mayer 6,240 5,122 M 25 Sep. 1985 19y, 324d
15 19-21 Aug. 2006  Clemens Mayer(2nd term) 7,302 5,171 M 25 Sep. 1985 20y, 330d
16 31 Aug. - 1 Sep. 2007  Gunther Karsten 6,986 4,767 M 23 Sep. 1961 45y, 344d
17 24-26 Oct. 2008  Ben Pridmore(2nd term) 7,908 5,357 M 14 Oct. 1976 32y, 12d
18 12-14 Nov. 2009  Ben Pridmore(3rd term) 7,854 5,271 M 14 Oct. 1976 33y, 31d
19 3-5 Nov. 2010  Wang Feng 9,486 6,076 M 1990 20y
20 7-9 Dec. 2011  Wang Feng(2nd term) 8,478 6,237 M 1990 21y
21 14-16 Dec. 2012  Johannes Mallow 8,413 6,407 M 7 June 1981 31y, 192d
22 30 Nov. - 2 Dec. 2013  Jonas von Essen 8,534 6,434 M 24 Apr. 1991 23y, 222d
23 11-14 Dec. 2014  Jonas von Essen(2nd term) 8,189 6,755 M 24 Apr. 1991 23y, 234d
24 16-18 Dec. 2015  Alex Mullen 8,926 7,429 M 3 Mar. 1992 23y, 290d
25 14-18 Dec. 2016 WMSC competition  Alex Mullen(2nd term) 8,647 - M 3 Mar. 1992 24y, 290d
26 1-3 Dec. 2017 IAM competition  Alex Mullen(3rd term) 9,061 8,645 M 3 Mar. 1992 25y. 275d
6-8 Dec. 2017 WMSC competition  Munkhshur Narmandakh 8,035 - F 3 Jan. 1999 18y, 339d

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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