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World Memory Championship 2020

Global Finals

The 29th World Memory Championships - Global Finals has ended on 20th December 2020 with great victory by IHMD Team. Winning the global finals and taking home the title of World Memory Champion is Emma Alam, a young girl from Pakistan who has won the World Memory Championship with highest accumulated points. 16 countries/regions and more than 300 competitors had participated in the competition via sub-venues, competed over 10 disciplines in 3-days competition. Participating countries were Pakistan, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Algeria, the United States, Hong Kong (China), Macau (China), Taiwan (China), Libya, Qatar, and Iraq.


World Memory Championships was founded in 1991 by world renowned Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene with the aim to shine global spotlight on the incredible power of human memory. The late Tony Buzan was world’s top 5 speakers reported by Forbes Magazine. He was the one who popularized the idea of mental literacy as well as being the author/co-author of more than 80 books. Raymond Keene is Grandmaster of Chess, and an appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by her majesty Queen Elizabeth.

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With the efforts of World Memory Sports Council, Asia Pacific Memory Sports Council, National Memory Sports Council of Pakistan and the Global Chief Arbiter Mr. Lester He, the World Memory Championships 2020 had adopted online and synchronous mode, where the global memory athlete community competed synchronously in 16 countries and regions.

The candidates with the best, fastest and sharpest memory skills competed to demonstrate their intellectual power and to set new heights of what the human memory can truly achieve. Fabulous performance by the competitors with many World Records broken and new ones set in place. The 2020 World Memory Championships was a massive success and heartfelt congratulations to all who competed.


The results for the 29th World Memory Championships Global Finals were announced today.


Emma Alam, the winning champion stated “I am thrilled to have won. I had aimed to give my best in WMC 2020, backed by a lot of daily practice for the past two years with my coach and the institute. It still astonishes me how powerful the mechanism of human memory is and the brain’s infinite information storage system. I plan on competing again next year with even better performance. I congratulate all those amazing competitors who competed from across the globe.”


Emma Alam is a dedicated young girl from Pakistan and has competed in various memory championships including the 3rd Asia Pacific Memory Championship in Malaysia, and the 28th World Memory Championship in China, having won countless medals and trophies through her splendid performance. She is currently completing her studies through homeschooling.


Abeerah Ather, who is another member of IHMD Team, achieved 7th position in the 2020 global rankings.


Emma Alam and Team IHMD was trained under the Institute of Human Memory Development International (IHMD).

World Memory Sports Council (WMSC) is the governing body for the Mind Sport of Memory worldwide. World Memory Championships is an esteemed tournament of mind sports, where skills of intellectual ability are measured as opposed to physical sports. Mind Sports are a unique form of games compared to Olympic Games. Where one celebrates excellence in athletic performance and the other celebrates the fittest brains on earth. Mind Sports are some of the most elite and prestigious sports being practiced around the world today. 

In addition to winning the overall champion title, IHMD Team also won 13 medals and broke 4 world records, in the following:


Emma Alam - World Memory Champion 2020

  • Gold Medal - Names & Faces (Broke World Record)

  • Gold Medal - Random Words (Broke World Record)

  • Silver Medal - Historic & Future Dates (Broke World Record)

  • Silver Medal - Binary Digits

  • Silver Medal - Speed Number

  • Bronze Medal - Abstract Images

  • Bronze Medal - Spoken Number


Abeerah Ather - 7th in 2020’s Global Ranking

  • Gold Medal - Speed Number

  • Silver Medal - Names & Faces

  • Silver Medal - Random Words

  • Bronze Medal - Historic & Future Dates


Syeda Kisa Zehra - 33rd in 2020’s Global Ranking

  • Gold - Historic & Future Dates (Broke World Record)

  • Bronze - Names & Faces

Syed Nabeel Hasan - 41st in 2020’s Global Ranking

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Only WMSC organized championships are recognized and accepted by the Guinness World Records. Emma Alam and Syeda Kisa Zehra from Team IHMD also broke multiple World Records in this year’s championship.


Last year’s 28th World Memory Championship took place in China and the overall champion was Ryu Song, the young girl from the incredible team of DPR Korea.


None of the top competitors would claim to be born with a great memory. All of them have learnt all the necessary techniques to develop their skills and have practiced to a high level to get them to the top of the sport. It goes to show, anyone can have a trained memory!


For more details, please visit the websites at 

Emma Alam

Breaks 3 World Records

  • 218 names memorized in 15 minutes​

  • 195 dates (fictional) memorized in 5 minutes

  • 410 random words memorized in order in 15 minutes

Syeda Kisa Zehra
Breaks World Record

  • 241 dates (fictional) memorized in 5 minutes

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