Are international intruders accepted?
My best at a competition is still 40,59s from the World Championships 2006 (omg… 2006? …).
Last year I had to realize that “close” is just not good enough when I had stopped after just 28s and had recalled 50 cards correctly.
In very few runs in training I got under 25 seconds. I am not even sure, but I think my personal best was 24.23 seconds.
My system is very simple. 52 images. 52 loci.
My images are a mixture of persons and objects. Its based on the system of Steffen Bütow.
Each of the four colors represents a theme:
Diamonds - Circus
Hearts - Human/Health
Spades - Nature
Clubs - Violence/Law
And then the images are found via visual associations (2 of spades is a swan, 3 of spades a flying bird, 8 of spades a snowman) and for the characters: J always equals a young male character (Clown, baby, …), Q a female character (dancer, mother…), K an older male (ringmaster, gardener, …).
I am using this system since 2002. This year I learned a Ben-System with 2704 images (52*52) which I will use for the marathon card events at the upcoming competitions. For Speed Cards I stick to this simple one.
Mabye this can help to motivate people just to start using a 52 images on 52 loci system, because in my opinion far too many people worry about having at least a PVO or even a ben system before they even start.