Castaneda also sets nat’l record in speed cards
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Grandmaster of Memory (GMM) Mark Anthony Castaneda used his mastery of the Speed Cards event to topple fellow GMM and compatriot Erwin Balines in the inaugural AVESCO Philippine International Open Memory Championship held over the weekend at Eurotel Hotel North EDSA in Quezon City.
Balines, the 2013 national memory sport champion, paced the World Memory Sports Council-sanctioned tournament in the first nine events, but Castaneda set a new national record in Speed Cards in the final event.
Castaneda was able to memorize the exact order of a shuffled deck of playing cards in just 37.21 seconds, breaking his old mark of one minute and 10 seconds set in 2011. The world Speed Cards record, however, is 20 seconds held by Simon Reinhard of Germany.
Balines, on the other hand, memorized the deck in 1:15.65 in his first try and faltered in his second attempt, thus, surrendering the crown to Castaneda.
Castaneda got an equivalent score of 742 points in Speed Cards to finish with 5,519 total points. Balines only scored 436 in the final event and finished at second place with 5,249 points.
Placing third place overall was Tsogbadrakh Saikhanbayar of Mongolia with 4,780 and at close fourth was GMM Yudi Lesmana of Indonesia with 4,735 points.
Saikhanbayar, however, set a new world record in 30 Minutes Numbers after memorizing 1,408 digits in 30 minutes. The old mark of 1,400 digits was held by Reinhard.
At fifth place overall was 13-year-old Jamyla Lambunao of Marikina City who netted 3,609.
Lambunao, who holds three world records in the Kids division, also topped the juniors division of the tournament organized by the Philippine Mind Sports Association, Inc. and supported by AVESCO, Eurotel, Center For Global Best Practices, Hotel Sogo, and JECMAT Realty.
Placing second and third respectively in the Juniors division were Mongolians Enkhmunkh Erdenebatkhaan (3,498) and Enkhjin Tumur (2,871).
The kids division, meanwhile, was dominated by Indonesians as Muhammad Dzakiendra bagged and Aisha Nadine Sharikha respectively bagged the gold and silver medals. Settling for the bronze was Richard Stephen Sarcos of the Philippines.
The tournament also featured the eight other WMSC disciplines such as Binary Numbers, Names and Faces, Abstract Images, Historic and Future Dates, Playing Cards, Speed Numbers, Random Words and Spoken Numbers.