Rules & Regulations

National Memory Championship- Rules & Regulations

The rules are a subset of the World Memory Championships General Rules, and are carried out under the auspices of the World Memory Sports Council.

Conduct of each event:

Specific rules for each event and the scoring system are as follows:
General rules:
Contestants must be present to check-in with the registration numbers provided by organisers at least 1 day before the official competition day, and to attend the opening ceremony. Registration time is from 9am – 9pm. Opening ceremony starts at 7pm.
On the main competition day, contestants must be present at competiton location before 7:#0 am to attend an orientation session, and also to get used to the location, and competition rules.
Memorising papers for the competition are prepared, printed and saved at a safe place by the  Head arbiter. If memorising papers are prepared by the organisers, these papers must be submitted to the Head arbiter for approval of standards before the competition.
Memorising papers can be A3 and A4 in black and white. Paper standards must weigh at least 100gsm and be printed by high quality laser printer.
Good quality laser printer for A4 and A3 is the minimal requirement, for example for “Abstract images” discipline, photocopy is not allowed.
All memorising papers must be printed on white paper. Answer sheets are printed on light blue papers, except “Abstract images” and “Name and Face” disciplines then answer sheets must be printed on good quality white papers. This is to ensure all papers are handed out and collected correctly.
There must be enough time for all discipline questions to be printed and checked before the competition.
A big screen displays the count-down clock in front of competition room and is visible to all contestants.
Contestants with the best capabilities can be exempted to sit at the front row, called the “hot spots”. When the first discipline is ready to start, head arbiter will request studentss who could break the record to volunteer to sit in the hot spots.
Total silence is obligatory for both Memorising and Recall sessions. Volunteers or arbiters are not allowed to move in and out of the competition room during this time. The room must be completely sound-proof.
Deck of cards: 
All players must submit their decks of cards on check-in day to receive registration number (including 2 packs, 1 for 4 decks for Speed cards, and 2 for register for Random cards) one day before the competition day for organisers to have time to shuffle them up for the main game. The shuffling of cards must be completed the night before the competition.
Each deck must be clearly labelled with full name of players, registration number, seat number. For Speed cards, a lable of “shuffled” must be stuck on both decks, and “unshuffled” stuck on the remaining two deccks.
Players have the responsibility to ensure each deck has 52 cards, and eliminate the Joker.
All decks (exccept the two for Speed cards) must be shuffled carefully under the survellience of responsible arbiter. It is crucial to ensure that no card gets stuck together, which requires many volunteers for this job. Each deck must be checked by vounteers to ensure it is shuffled properly and has all 52 cards.
Decks of cards must be shuffled again if there are more than three continuous cards in any deck.
Ensuring each deck is shuffled once at a time. Error happened when two arbiters work close to each other and accidentally mixed up two decks together, and as a result, one deck has 54 cards, the other has 50.
Random checks will be carried out by an experienced arbiter to ensure volunteers are on the right track.
Decks of card will be returned to contestants at the end of the competition. Once they are returned, contestants could no longer file a complaint for the card disciplines.
Memorisation round: 
Contestants must be seated at the table with assigned name from organiser.
Contestants must be ready to start at least 15 minutes before the beginning of each game. You are not allowed to enter the competition room 5 minutes after the game starts.
Contestants’ locations will be arranged by arbiter and contestants are not allowed to switch seat as they wish.
Contestants must understand competition rules and regulations of all disciplines before the competition because we will not delay to explain or discuss how the competition is taken place. 
Contestants are given questions facing down on the table before each game.
Head arbiter will announce the start of the competition and ensure that all contestants have their questions available on their tables. Arbiter committee will provide all question papers for contestants.
Once the Head arbiter receive information that all contestants have their own question papers, he/shi will give them 1 minute to prepare for the official competing time. The count-down clock will start once arbiter announce: “Neuron on the ready – Go”.
Contestants can bring their own clock to track their own timing in each competition. The beeping sounds must be off during the competition.
Mobile phone must also be switched off.
Contestants are asked to bring their own pens/pencils, erasers, sharpeners, water bottles and rulers if needed.
For complete silence during the competition can not be guaranteed, contestants can bring their own earbuds, earphones and any other sound proof equipment.
Contestants can leave their desk to go to restroom anytime during the recall time. They must ensure their leaving and entering are quiet and won’t disturb other contestants.
Each contestant must ensure silence during each event.
In the Binary number disciplines, contestants can use carton paper with sketched line to help with remembering the numbers. If players use these papers, they need to be presented to arbiter and collected before Recall time.
To start the competition, contestants are presented with memorization papers placed face down on the their table. The adjudicator will announce about the commencement of event and will check that each contestant has a memorisation paper. The organisers of the competition will provide all memorisation papers. Once the adjudicator is happy that everyone has a memorisation paper, he will give a one minute and 10 second before starting signal. The official timer will start once the adjudicator says ” Neurons at the ready …..Go! “.
When the time allotted for memorization is over, the adjudicator will announce ” Stop memorising, turn your papers over “. At that point all contestants must stop memorising and turn all memorization papers, together with any paper used to make notes during the event, face down on the table in front of them. The adjudicator will then clear the desk of all papers and will provide blank recall sheets.
During the competition, contestants must follow all rules and regulations: NO loud talking; NO moving furniture; NO tap on tables; or any behaviour that might cause disruption to others. If contestants have any question, they can indicate an arbiter by raising their hands for a conversation in minimal volume.
Recall round:
An announcement at various time points will be made as follows:ound:


1 hour and 30 minute event

  15 minutes left

5 minutes left

1 minute left


20; 15; 10 minute event

 5 minutes left

1 minute left

5 minute event


1 minute left

Spoken numer event

No announcement is made during the running of the Spoken Number Event

Spoken numer event
No announcement is made during the running of the Spoken Number Event
There will be a short break between Memorisation and Recall sessions to ensure arbiters have enough time to collect and deliver answer sheets.
Once the adjudicator provides the recall sheets to the contestant, they must ensure that their names/ Registration Numbers are clearly marked on every recall sheet.
Once the adjudicator is happy that everyone has a recall paper, he will start the recall period by saying ” You may begin recall“. At that point, the official timer will be started.
All contestants must stay for at least 5 minutes in the competition room for all events to avoid disruption to others; after 5 minutes, contestants can hand in their recall paper to adjudicator in charge and leave their desks and the room in silent.
Once contestants leave their table during the recall round, they are not permitted to return to continue and if they have not already done so, must submit their papers to the adjudicator.
It is the responsibility of each contestant to ensure that their recall papers are clear and that potential misunderstandings are clarified by writing notes to explain the meaning of an answer or by pointing it out to the adjudicator when the paper is collected.
No other changes to the recall paper will be allowed once it has been handed to the adjudicator.
The adjudicator’s decision is final; however, if there is any doubt about the meaning of a contestant’s answer, the contestant will be asked to do the following:




Number Events (Spoken and Binary Numbers)

State the number on which the clarification is required, having been given the row number that it appeared on (Eg, row 22) and the position of the digit in the row (Eg, 28th digit). If it is the spoken number event, the contestant will be asked to clarify the number by being given its position in the sequence of numbers.

Random Words

Rewrite the word having been given its number from the memorization sheet (Eg, Word 37).

Names and Faces

Shown the picture of the face and asked to write down the part of the name that needs clarifying.


Rewrite the card number of the required deck of cards (Eg, the 11th card of the 3rd deck).

In case any contestant is dissatisfied with the result, they must fill in the results check form, hand it to the arbiter assistant to review and wait for a response from the arbitration team.
Contestants against the rules will be disqualified and the competing results will be canceled and banned from participating in any future contest.
Complaint form:
In the event of a complaint about the score, contestants must complete the paper form and submit it to the Head of the Arbitration Department.
The chief arbiter will re-investigate the complaint and review the contestant's paper. The score will be triple checked and the result will be immediately responded to the contestant.
Candidates will not be allowed to keep their Recall paper during the review period of the arbiters. All Recall papers will be canceled after the competition and not returned to the contestants.
The responsibility of the arbiters is to decide the test results and ensure fairness for the contestants, supporting the organizers in the organization of the tournament to be successful.
The arbiters must strictly abide by the rules and regulations of the tournament. Individuals who violate will be subject to all penalties of the organizers. If the arbiter makes a mistake during the evaluation of the contestants, he / she will have to submit the matter to the chief arbiter and explain the incident. The chief arbiter will consider whether to allow an arbiter for a foul to continue working in the tournament or to suspend the task.
The number of referees with contestants is 1: 2.