An annual calculation event of a Minds Sports Olympiad competition with 29 participants from 13 different countries is much more important than a duel match which happens every other week.
By the way. How many views did your duel match have?
Our competition almost got 2000 views in youtube.
About ‘the fastest human calculator’ , of course this question is too abstract. And we lovers of numbers, fancy much more quantitative definitions and analytical thinking.
The facts are :
Fastest human calculator in division, anzan and addition: Jeongee Lee
Fastest human calculator in multiplication : Marc Jornet Sanz
Fastest human calculators in calendars: Yusnier Viera and Jay Jain
Fastest human calculators in square roots : Granth, Rhea and Shashank
These are facts according to the combined Memoriad rankings and the http://www.recordholders.org/en/list/mental-calculation-rankings.html
Bhanu is the fastest in MSO2020 and he is the fastest in 2-digit oral addition, so he deserves some credit for that. I agree that he makes some over-the-top claims for marketing reasons, but trust me. He is legit and fast. And the night before the contest, I was discussing with him the inexact cube root algorithm.
In the same way you doubt Bhanu, you could also say that Scott Flansburg is not the human calculator, because he does not compete anymore. But this is not the case. You have to understand that these titles ‘fastest’ etc. are usually made for marketing reasons.
I told you the areas where I think Bhanu is the best. Because in 2016, I had seen him add 2 digit numbers orally, as fast as Scott Flansburg. In MCWC 2014 and 2016, he was 14 yo and 16 yo respectively, so since he did not quit training, it is expected that he has now become much faster than those contests.
Could he still have won MCWC 2020 if it had happened ? Probably not, since I have not seen him improve in calendars which give extra 10%. To top, that also the Japanese always bring the best talent. But probably Bhanu could still get a Top3 or Top5 place now in MCWC , since he was already 12th when he was 14 or 16 yo, with less training.
But due to my experience in the world cups, the Japanese tend to beat the Indians by a reasonable margin. The score is Japan 3 - India 1 , in the last 4 MCWC competitions. And even in 2014 where Japan lost, the Japanese competitor Mrs Chie was still 3rd.
Then, if you add in the mix, the Korean Miss Lee, which in my opinion is the absolute fastest on Earth, then it is getting harder and harder for the top-Indians. And I dare not to think what would happen if the Chinese brought their best talent in calculation, as it happens in memory contests. Probably everyone of us would slip at least 10 positions in the rankings, if the Chinese were included.
MSO 2020 participant
5 times MCWC participant
2 times International Memoriad participant