My current record is 82 correct calendar dates per minute:
(did that several times). But I am stuck now, so I won’t practice that category a lot, this year, due to lack of competitions. I can’t really get much closer to Yusnier’s 93, current WR. It will take lot of practice if I wanna reach 90 next year for Memoriad’16 and MCWC2016.
In MCWC2014, I did 52 per minute, and lost the medal for just 1 date. My Bulgarian friend Georgi, did 53 finishing 3rd. I’ve done 70 on paper once, but I guess I wasn’t my day on Dresden, maybe next time. Marc from Spain, did 64 to win. In computer it’s much easier to press buttons(1 to 7) than to write the respective numbers. That’s why in Memoriad the Gold medal required 85 dates per minute, but in the World Cup, 64 dates per minute.
I don’t use month codes, but a variation of Conway’s algorithm, with lots of shortcuts, in order to reach 80D1M. Like in mnemonics, people have different methods for doing the same thing. It all comes down to what works for you.
If you see this as a mere party trick it’s still good, but I need more motivation than learning this just for parties. My major motivation for mastering this skill, was practical: I wanted to be efficient in scheduling things ahead without any need for calendar agendas, like smartphones or other gadgets or calendar books. The Gregorian calendar is already complicated, so such tricks are actually very helpful to simplify life, in case that knowing the ‘day of the week’ matter to you somehow, like knowing any future weekends or days off.
In any case, you can always visit
to double check your calendar estimations.