[all statistics quoted here are subject to change if it turns out I’ve remembered something wrong]
We have a new World Memory Champion!
Jonas von Essen led from start to finish, nearly (Boris beat him by one name in the names & faces) and produced an awesome all-round performance to become Sweden’s first WMChampion!
Johannes Mallow was unwell on the first day, but recovered to set the only new world record of the championship (501 in speed numbers!) and finished off with a 27.5-second speed cards to force Jonas to work extra-hard for his victory!
Christian Schäfer completed the very-young-people’s domination of the podium (he’s 21, Jonas is 22 - I didn’t even start competing until I was 23…) with third place and some amazing results, most notably 2351 in hour numbers!
Ola Kåre Risa was fourth (or possibly third; I think Christian got an okay time in speed cards, but I might be wrong…), finishing in style with a 29-second pack of cards that was still only good enough for the bronze medal in that discipline (I did 28.08) - that must surely be the first time three people have gone under 30 seconds in the same competition!
Namuuntuul Bat-Erdene (17-year-old girl from Mongolia!) was either fifth or at worst sixth, with very nearly 3000 binary digits and a lot more than 2000 in hour numbers!
Boris Konrad was whatever place is remaining in the top six - let’s say he was sixth, so we can marvel at the four different nations making up the top five! And no British people in the top six!
I moved up to seventh with my speed cards time, which is about as good as I could have hoped for. Behind me came the much-improved Marwin Wallonius, Nelson Dellis and Mark Anthony Castaneda, not necessarily in that order.
James Paterson deserves a mention for getting the highest score in random words, too!
All the arbiting and organising team deserve huge congratulations, too! We had at least four former competitors among them - Dominic, Idriz, Gaby and Florian - and they helped the whole thing flow smoothly. Greatest innovation of the 2013 WMC was the big-screen display showing how much time was remaining, and when competitors were allowed to leave the room!