After each memory championship Memory-Sports is writing a review about the competition. Read about the 1st Swedish Memory Championship in Gothenburg. Several Competitors wrote their statement about this event and like always I publish the best pictures I took. Read, download and have fun.

The great thing about memory sports is the social connective-ness of all the competitors.

– Dionne Reid –

Mattias Ribbing

1st Swedish Champion Mattias Ribbing in London at the UK Open 2009

1st Swedish Champion Mattias Ribbing in London at the UK Open 2009

It was great to see new swedish competitiors and the good number of international athletes for this first ever Swedish Open. I scored my best result yet in competition and continue to learn more about the many facets and tactics needed for this intricate sport.

Ameel Hoque

Ameel Hoque

Ameel Hoque

The Swedish memory championships were great in terms of organisation, venue, competitors and refreshments.

The viewing area was a nice touch for publicity of the sport. The weekend was great to find out peoples strategies because everyone was quite open about them which is nice. Was also nice to socialise after the event. It was thoughtful of the Germans to speak to the other Germans in English so us English spaekers could understand. 😉

Hope the new competitors we get to see again.

Dionne Reid

Dionne Reid

Dionne Reid

The swedish open was great fun, I like the sharing of the aprtment.
It was great in terms of organisation for the competitors- food, drinks, transport etc.

It was a great idea to have a separate section where the audience could peer in on us, and it was nice to see the great amount of publicity on the event and sport.

The great thing about memory sports is the social connective-ness of all the competitors, it was lovely meeting and sharing with everyone who attended.

Idriz Zogaj

Swedish Athlete and Organizer Idriz Zogaj

Swedish Athlete and Organizer Idriz Zogaj

Johannes – you are famous in Sweden!!

Thank you all for making this weekend one of the best and most memorable in my life!
We made history 🙂

Hope to see you all at the WMC

//Idriz “Minnet” Zogaj

Christopher Beeg

Christopher Beeg

Christopher Beeg

This was my 7th competition. Universeum in Gothenburg, the biggest science center in Scandinavia, was a nice place for a competition: quiet, open to spectators and with possibility to compete next to tropical plants and exotic animals. Idriz has done a good job with the organization of the first Swedish championships. Now many people in Sweden do know something about memory sports and memory athletes from all over Europe have met the beauty of Sweden. During the competition Idriz was a bit under the weather this time but I am sure that he will increase his scores next time. Phil Chambers, by the way a world mind mapping champion, worked extremely hard (21 hours on the competition day alone!) to make everything perfect and answered every question in a friendly way, even at 2:30 ante meridiem.

With more than hundred abstract images I upgraded my old record and reached bronze medal position in that discipline. It was good to know that I was the second best German this time (seven Germans participated) and that I am on the same level as the Swedish champion Mattias Ribbing.

I liked that I could practice my Swedish and English demonstration and moderation skills at the Gothenburg book fair. I have realized that Florian Dellé is a born entertainer. All the presenters and demonstrators learned that the way memory athletes are presented in has a great impact on how many people get interested in memory sports.

It was really inspirational to meet all memory athletes. Meeting the athletes I already know feels like meeting good friends. With some people one can feel connected the first time one meets. Some of us had much fun visiting all the exhibitions at Universeum. We made some photo shootings and competed in several physical games. I am looking forward to have such a great experience again at the world memory championships in London.

Simone Nicklas

Simone Nicklas

Simone Nicklas

It’s been a superb chamionship. The Universeum has been a great location for this event. There should be fruit for every championship from now on. The appearance at the book fair has been an excellent idea to advertise the competition. But the best of all has been seeing all the familiar faces again and to meet new people. The memory family is growing.

Thanks to Idriz for everything especially for his great hospitality.

Florian Dellé

Florian Dellé with Idriz girlfriend Grizelda

Last but not least I will also write a few lines about this cool piece of memory history.

I am fascinated by the amount of time and energy organizer Idriz Zogaj put into this championship. He managed to hold this competition right next to the Gothenburg book fair in a marvelous location. Also he managed to jump on the first page of the local newspaper with a full report about the competition even BEFORE the championship. If that wouldn’t be enough he offered many of us a sleeping in his own flat for free. I felt like beeing on a school trip. It was so funny to annoy Simone and Corinna the night before the competition. And I laughed with Ferdinand and Johannes for about 30 minutes before falling asleep. rofl

This was all pretty contraproductive for our results on the actual event. Looking at the results of Simon, Corinna, Johannes, Ferdinand and myself makes clear that all of us stayed behind our standards. Nevertheless this was worth it.

Idriz you are my hero.

So what can we do now? This was the last event before the ultimative challenge of this season – the World Memory Championship. Let’s all prepare like hell for this and make the WMSC 2009 the coolest championship of its kind. I’m looking forward to it. See you all in London – and of course on Memory-Sports.com!

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