Introduction to Memory Sports

Memory and sports in a sentence can sound a bit contradictory, Our brains are deeply rooted to perceive memory as an inborn mental ability and sports as strictly a physical activity but Memory sports have been a thing for a while now and they are slowly gaining their due popularity. Memory sports are redefining our understanding of the brain and its capabilities by pushing the boundaries of our memory and creativity.

Memory sports or the mind sport of memory are competitions in which participants attempt to memorize and then recall different forms of information, under certain guidelines in the given time. Participants of such competitions are referred to as Memory Athletes or Brain Athletes. Every championship has ten different events (Numbers, Names, Cards, etc.) and the timing of each event depends on the type of standard the championship follows.

  • National Standard Championships are One-day competitions with shorter events. ( 5 minutes, 10 minutes and 15 Minutes)
  • International Standard Championships are spread into two days with longer Memorization times. ( 5 minutes, 15 minutes and 30 Minutes)
  • World Memory Championships are spread into three days with Marathon events. ( 5 minutes, 30 minutes and 60 Minutes)

Memory Athletes must compete in each of the ten events and the athlete with the highest overall score wins the Championship Title for that year.

The Athlete with the highest score in each event wins the Gold Medal for that Individual event.

The Athlete with the highest raw score (i.e. Number of Digits/Images/Dates/Names/Words) or the fastest timing of all time breaks the National or World Records and sets a New Record.

Every athlete taking part in an official championship is added to the World Rankings List maintained by the affiliated world councils such as the WMSC (World Memory Sports Council), IAM ( International Association of Memory), or the GAMA ( The Global Alliance of Memory Athletics).

National Championships are strictly for the citizens while National Open Championships allow competitors from other countries to compete for the title. Each country has a National Championship every year and the best athletes get to represent their nation at The World Memory Championships!

I will be sharing more information about each of the disciplines in detail in the coming posts!

Happy Neurons!! 

3 thoughts on “Introduction to Memory Sports

  1. A great initiative to take up. So many people are awaiting to know the techniques. Everyone is amazed, when we remember anything as it is. This type of programmes/courses (How ever we call them as) helps to spread sport. I ‘m expecting much from you. Kudos to you…. keep rocking…..

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