World Memory Sports Council

The mind sport of Memory was founded in 1991 by the inventor of Mind Maps and expert on mental literacy, Tony Buzan, and chess grand master, Raymond Keene OBE. The 10 disciplines which formed the basis of the first competition are largely unchanged today and have been adopted worldwide as the basis for competitive memory competitions. There are now competitors from 30 countries participating in the sport, all competing to become the next victor at the World Memory Championships. The sport is administered by the World Memory Sports Council, which is the governing body for the sport. It compiles the world rankings, is the custodian of the 10 disciplines and ensures fair play worldwide through its ethics committee chaired by eight-time World Memory Champion Dominic O’Brien.

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Most playing cards memorized in 30 minutes

The most playing cards memorized in 30 minutes is 1,100, and was achieved by Wei Qinru (China) at the 2019 Asia Pacific Junior Memory Championships, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, held on 26–28 Aug 2019.