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THE 1999 WORLD MEMORY
RESULTS PRESS RELEASE
1st September 1999
27 Contestants from nine different countries battled it out for the 1999 World Memory Championships at the third Mind Sports Olympiad in London last week. It was the largest Memory Competition ever held and it was fitting that it turned out to be the most exciting.
Former World Champion Dominic O'Brien returned to the event to reclaim the title that he has already won five times. The expected duel between Dominic and defending Champion Andi Bell turned into a three horse affair with unknown American student Yu Zhang surprising all by setting new world records for the Binary Number Event (2745 in 30 minutes) and the Speed Number Event (314 in 5 minutes).
Clearly shaken by the emergence of a new memory star, the defending and former champions handled the newcomer's challenge quite differently. Andi Bell, always trying to push back the boundaries of performance, attempted high scores but never really managed to pull out his best performances, even failing to score in the speed cards event for which he holds the current world record.
On the other hand, always composed and a good performer under pressure, Dominic took the lead after the 5th event and continued to post consistently high results in every event to stay on top and win the title. In addition to taking the Senior Silver Medal, Yu Zhang also took the World Junior Title.
The Women's World Title was won by 12 year old Christiane Stenger from Germany who took the Bronze Medal in the Junior Event. Her performance was notable in that she also became the youngest ever Grandmaster of Memory.
Stephen Clarke (UK), Gunther Karsten (Germany) and Dr Yip Swe Chooi (Malaysia) also achieved the Grandmaster title for the first time.
Spread over two days the following events were contested:
|Event Title||Description||Memorising Time||Recall Time||World Record|
|Speed Cards||Memorise a single pack of playing cards as fast as possible (two attempts)||5 mins||10 mins||34.03 sec|
|Hour Cards||Memorise as many packs of playing cards as possible||60 mins||75 mins||22.5 packs|
|Hour numbers||Memorise as many decimal numbers as possible||60 mins||75 mins||1620|
|Speed Numbers||Memorise as many decimal numbers as possible (2 attempts)||5 mins||10 min||314|
|Binary Numbers||Memorise as many binary numbers as possible||30 mins||45 mins||2745|
|Spoken Numbers||Memorise as many decimal digits as possible spoken at a rate of 2 seconds per digit (3 attempts increasing digits each time)||100 Nos
|Poem||Memorise a previously unpublished poem||15 mins||20 mins||260 points|
|Words||Memorise a list of random words||15 mins||20 mins||174 words|
|Names and Faces||Memorise names and faces from photographs||15 mins||20 mins||140 points (70 names and faces)|
All events were carried out in English except for the Poem and the List of Words which were also translated into German, Czech and Turkish.
Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals were awarded for the Junior and Senior competitions and the £5,000 prize fund was shared as follows:
£2,000 - Overall Gold Medalist (and World Memory Champion)
£1,250 - Overall Silver Medalist
£1000 - Overall Bronze Medalist
£500 - Overall 4th Place
£250 - Overall 5th Place
Books and tapes were awarded for 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
and the Junior 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
GRAND MASTER OF MEMORY CRITERIA
Successful competitors were awarded the title of Grand Master of Memory if they achieved the following results:
One Hour Numbers - 713 Numbers
One Hour Cards - 365 cards (7 complete packs + 1 additional card)
Speed Cards - A single deck of cards in three minutes or under
The overall results for the 1999 Senior World Memory Championships were:
1st - Dominic O'Brien (UK)
2nd - Yu Zhang (USA)
3rd - Andi Bell (UK)
The overall results for the 1999 Junior World Memory Championships were:
1st - Yu Zhang (USA)
2nd - Coral Palmer (USA)
3rd - Christiane Stenger (Germany)
The top three scores in each event were:
|Speed Cards||52.91s||1m 11.21s||1m 14.78 s|
|Hour Cards||20 packs||18 packs||15.02 packs|
|Speed Numbers||314 (new
|Binary Numbers||2745 (new
|Poem||220 pts||151 pts||129 pts|
|Words||163 words||133 words||111 words|
|Names and Faces||137 pts||111.5. pts||104.5 pts|
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written by Michael Tipper for Project HappyChild.
Michael organised the 1999 and 2000 World Memory Championships but his ever-increasing workload - speeches plus presentations to businesses and schools (see bio) - has compelled him to step down from organizing further Championships. If you would like to find out more about registering as a contestant (or to be an arbiter/judge) for future World Memory Championships, contact Mind Sports Worldwide (link on the main Accelerated Learning home page).
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