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World Memory Championships 2000:
Dominic O'Brien Retains Title against Formidable Opposition

In its 10th year the World Memory Championships once again proved to be an exciting, closely fought event that saw the greatest trained memories from around the world demonstrate their outstanding abilities. After battling it out over two days the competition saw 3 new world records, a new Junior World Champion, a new Women's World Champion, 2 new Grand Masters of Memory and a breadth and depth of emerging talent from Malaysia never before seen from a single country.

Andi Bell, the 1998 World Champion, threw down the gauntlet to reigning champion Dominic O'Brien when in the opening event he broke the Hour Numbers record by memorising 1820 digits in one hour. It took Dominic a while to recover and it was not until the 4th event that he took the overall lead. He maintained this lead and so retained his title and became the World Memory Champion for the 7th time, a new world record in itself.

In achieving this remarkable feat, Dominic set a new world record for Speed Numbers by memorising 316 digits in 5 minutes. Challenging strongly for a medal position, Gunter Karsten the current German Champion established the most astonishing world record. About 5 years ago, Dr Elizabeth Valentine of London University predicted that the most number of digits that anyone could remember if they heard them at a rate of 1 digit every 2 seconds was 100. In the World Memory Championships this event is called the Spoken Number event. A person with an average IQ of 100 can remember 7 digits in this fashion and someone with a genius IQ can remember 10. With this in mind, what on earth can Gunter Karsten's IQ be as he set a new world record by memorising a 400 digit spoken number, shattering the previous record of?!

The Women's World Memory Championship was won by the vivacious Michaela Buchvaldova, the reigning Czech Champion who managed to fight of the challenge of Christiane Stenger of Germany who was defending her title. At 13 however, Christiane, the German Junior Champion, became the new Junior World Champion in a close-fought battle that saw her overcome the strong challenges of the Malaysian youth squad, in particular Wan Jiun Wong who at 14 years old became a new Grand Master of Memory. Robert Carder of Great Britain also became a Grand Master of Memory.


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

200 Nos

400 Nos

5 mins

10 mins

20 mins

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)


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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).

WELCOME PAGE The Accelerated Learning pages at Project HappyChild are written (free) by Michael Tipper,
Silver Medallist in the World Memory Championships.


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