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Vietnam to organize first memory championships
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Vietnam to organize first memory championships

The Saigon Times Daily

Logo of the Vietnam Memory Championships 2019 - PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE ORGANIZER

HCMC - The Vietnam Records Institute (Vietmaster) and the Vietnam Record Holders Association (Vietkings) will jointly organize the first Vietnam Memory Championships 2019 from April to October.

The competition follows the rules of the World Memory Championships, featuring four age groups including under 12 years old, 13-17 years old, 18-59 years old, and 60+ years old, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

The competitors will compete in 10 memorizing events such as having one hour to memorize random numbers, 30 minutes to memorize binary numbers, five minutes to memorize vocabulary from multiple languages, and five minutes to memorize abstract images.

The qualifying rounds are scheduled to take place from April to September and the final round will be held on October 19 and 20.

The champion will pocket VND300 million and represent Vietnam at the World Memory Championships 2019 in Wuhan, China this December. The first and second runners-up will be awarded VND200 million and VND100 million, respectively.

Le Tran Truong An, chairman of Vietkings, said: “To encourage the players at this year's competition, in addition to the main awards, the players who break the current world record for 10 disciplines such as listening and memorizing random numbers in one second, quick numbers memorization in five minutes, and memorizing random numbers in 30 minutes among others in each age group will be nominated by the Vietnam Record Organization to the World Record Alliance to establish a world record. Besides, the Vietnam Record Organization has decided to reward VND100 million for each discipline, and the total prize is up to VND1 billion.”

The competition will be supported and coordinated by 10 international arbitrators and experts such as Tony Buzan, chairman of the World Memory Sports Council; Dominic O’Brien from the World Memory Arbitration Council, the eight-time World Memory champion; world chief arbitrator Phil Chambers; and Asian chief arbitrator Lester.

In particular, American Memory champion 2018 John Graham has officially accepted the invitation to become the deputy head coach of the Vietnam Memory team at the World Memory Championships 2019.

The World Memory Championships was first organized by the World Memory Sports Council in 1991 to honor contestants with superior memory through brain training methods.

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