Some of you may know this, some of you may not, but I run and organize a memory competition called The Extreme Memory Tournament. It's digital, it's cool, it's sleek, it's got a lot of prize money, it's really competitive and made up of individual one-on-one's the future of memory sports. Every year we have the "big dance" in San Diego - this year it will be on June 24th-26th. But, to qualify for this event, you need to qualify. We have 24 slots (expect this number to increase next year) and 8 of those are reserved for the top 8 from last year's XMT. The remaining 16 can be earned by participating in the Online Qualifiers. 

Those XMT Qualifiers begin January 11th, 2016 -> NEXT MONDAY!

Are you ready?


If you're thinking about competing in the 2016 XMTs this summer, remember that to be a part of the competition, you MUST qualify first. To take part in the qualifiers, head on over to the XMT training site and follow the instructions:

It works like this: every week, starting Monday, will be a test of each discipline (Cards, Images, Names, Numbers, and Words). You get one full week to attempt your best score in that week's discipline (you have 5 tries). You must submit your best score of the 5 attempts along with a video (more on that below). Both must be submitted by the Sunday midnight UTC deadline of that same week. Here is the schedule:

  • Cards: Monday January 11th, 2016 - Sunday January 17th, 2016
  • Images: Monday January 18th, 2016 - Sunday January 24th, 2016
  • Names: Monday January 25th, 2016 - Sunday January 31st, 2016
  • Numbers: Monday February 1st, 2016 - Sunday February 7th, 2016
  • Words: Monday February 8th, 2016 - Sunday February 14th, 2016

Video submissions must be a public video URL (it can be from youtube, vimeo, youku, whatever, as long as anyone can click on it and view it) and must follow the following guidelines:

  • It must be one continuous take. No cuts.
  • It must show from start to finish, the WHOLE pre-memorization, memorization, and recall.
  • You must announce your score out-loud to the camera after recall.
  • Throughout the whole video, your head, hands, and computer monitor must be visible in the shot.
  • The desk/surface must be clear of loose items such as pens, paper, recording devices, phones, etc.
  • No noise (or as close to no noise) must be in the background.
  • If you are using headphones or glasses, please show them to the camera as thorough as needed to show that they are not rigged with anything that might be considered cheating.

That's all! For another version of all that, watch the video below!