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Author: World Memory Sports Council

Memory Competition News and Rule Changes

Welcome to the February edition of the WMSC newsletter, and there is lots to report. New Council Members Firstly, we would like to welcome the new Council Members who have recently been invited to sit on the World Memory Sports Council and to represent the interest of the sport in their countries.  They are: Jennifer Goddard of the National Memory Sports Council of Australia Simon Reinhard GM, of Memory XL in Germany Klaus Kolb of the National Memory Sports Council of Germany Mr Lin Chuxu, Chairman of  New Mind Education in China Guo Chuanwei GM  China We look forward to their help is growing the sport worldwide in the year ahead. New Rules The months following the World Memory Championships each year are when discussion takes place about rule changes and the Millennium standards. This year is no exception!  The Council is most grateful for all the submissions and ideas it has received, all of which have been thoroughly evaluated. As is the convention,  the Council agrees these changes at the end of January to give competitors the opportunity to incorporate them in their training in good time. So at the end of the consultation period the following has been agreed. Competition Entry: Junior and Kid competitors may elect to compete in an adult competition if they desire. Any competitor that decides to do so cannot take part in...

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China excels with a British invention

Germany and China are picking up the ball and running with a British invention, the World Memory Championship. Founded in London in 1991, the Memory Championships, now in their 19th year, are taking place in Guangzhou, China. Germany and the host nation are poised after the opening day’s titanic battles on Friday, to dethrone the reigning World Champion, Ben Pridmore from Derby, and take the lead in the Mind Sport, where British representatives, such as eight times world champion, Dominic O’Brien, had previously dominated. What is more, Chinese media have over-performed in focussing their attention onto the Championships. Billions watched on Friday, as news of the progress of the World Memory Championship crowded out all rival attractions, to become an extended lead item on Central China Television, in live bulletin after live bulletin, on Friday afternoon and evening. One reason for this fixation is that local memoriser Wang Feng has bulldozed his way to the fore, leaving world records, not to mention established champions, smashed and shattered in his wake. After full results are in from three of the ten disciplines, Abstract Images, Binary Number and Hour Number, Wang Feng leads the individual championship, ahead of German Champion Johannes Mallow, with Britain’s defending titlist, Ben Pridmore, battling further German and Chinese challenges for Bronze position. In the parallel team event, China also leads, followed by Germany, the UK, India,...

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