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Vietnam to launch maiden Memory Championships in April

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 13:50 GMT+7
Vietnam to launch maiden Memory Championships in April
Huynh Lam Tinh (second right) and Huynh Lam Minh Thanh (second left) are awarded the Vietnam Records of Memory in Ho Chi Minh City on January 23, 2019. Photo: Trong Nhan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam will hold a competition to find a representative to participate in the 2019 World Memory Championships, event organizers announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Vietnam Record Holders Association (Vietkings) held a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City to introduce the Vietnam Memory Championships, a six-month event to be held from April to October.

This is the first time such a memory competition is going to be organized in Vietnam.

The contest will include four age divisions – under 12 years old, 13-17 years old, 13-59 years old, and 60+ years old.

Competitors will be able to compete in one of ten 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 round will be held from April to September, and the final round will take place on October 19-20, 2019.

The winner of the competition will be awarded VND300 million (US$12,900) and represent Vietnam at the 2019 World Memory Championships hosted in China this December.

Vietkings also used Wednesday’s event to announce two new memory records set by Vietnamese students.

Huynh Lam Tinh, 15, was honored for setting the Vietnam record for “memorizing 100 random numbers after one listening turn in the shortest time,” and Huynh Lam Minh Thanh, 12, set the Vietnam record for “memorizing 50 words in the shortest time.”

The World Memory Championships has taken place annually since 1991, with the exception of 1992, celebrating competitors who can memorize specific information in a given period of time.

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