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At Indian National Memory Championship in Hyderabad

on the brain: National Memory Champion John Louis with contestants from Tiruchi at the Indian National Memory Championship in Hyderabad.
on the brain: National Memory Champion John Louis with contestants from Tiruchi at the Indian National Memory Championship in Hyderabad.

India's first grandmaster of memory and international memory trainer, John Louis defended his title as national champion at the Indian National Memory Championship in Hyderabad recently.

Besides John Louis, four contestants from the city took part in the championship. Annapoorni (13) and Arthy (12), both from St. Joseph's Anglo Indian Girls H.S.S secured the 13th and 60th place respectively while Vishnu Priyan and Angelin Jennifer, twelve-year olds from R.S.K School clinched the 16th and 18th spots.

The second edition of the national event was conducted by the Indian National Memory Sports Council affiliated to World Memory Sports Council, London. Philip Chamber, chief arbiter of the world council judged the championship.

Around 110 participants from across India competed in the championship comprising of ten events- memorising random words, binary digits, names and faces, speed numbers, random numbers, spoken numbers, speed cards, multiple pack of cards, dates and abstract images. Mr. Louis with a whopping 2844 points outran runner-up Likith from Hyderabad by 200 points. Saswat Satapathy from Bihar finished third.

Ranked 86 in the world, Mr. Louis has qualified for the world memory championship 2010 to be held from December 1-6 at Guangzhou, China, but would not be participating due to lack of sponsorships.

Mr. Louis has not participated in the last two world championships due to paucity of funds.

Mr. Louis commended the feat of the children who managed to get good rankings in face of stiff competition, despite it being their first time. They were trained by the grandmaster himself.

“It is gratifying to share the scientifically proven memory techniques with kids. Besides eliminating forgetfulness, these techniques enhance the quality of life. It can come in useful in academics whether its memorising multiplication tables or chemistry formulae,” says the trainer who believes the kids are potential grandmasters in the making.

According to the official website of World Memory Sports Council, the sport has competitors from 30 countries.

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