7th Mental Calculation World Cup 2016
7th Mental Calculation World Cup 2016
Hi all. I was asked to post this information in this forum (Art of memory). This 2016 competition's general information is taken from a recent official post in Yahoo's Mental Calculation Group 3 days ago from the competition's organizer: Dr. Ralf Laue.
- Please help to circulate this call for registrations -
Mental calculators from all over the world are invited to the 7th Mental
Calculation World Cup 2016!
Venue: Bielefeld, Germany
Date: 23-25 September 2016
Calculators will have to solve tasks in different categories (addition,
multiplication, extracting roots, day-of-the-week calculations) and
various surprise tasks.
Only strict mental calculation (no tools, no writing down of
intermediate results) is allowed.
There will be several titles and trophies for the best participants.
In particular, the MEMORIAD Association will sponsor free flights to the
MEMORIAD 2016 competition (planned to be held in Las Vegas, USA)
(http://www.memoriad.com) for the winners in the categories addition,
multiplication, square roots and calendar calculation as well for the
winner of the combination.
(does not apply for participants who are not allowed to enter MEMORIAD
contests according to decisions of the MEMORIAD Association and for
calculators who have already won a free trip to Memoriad 2016 at MCWC 2014).
The registration form can be found on the MCWC web site
Calculators who already took part at a previous MCWC event are welcome
to send the application form by e-mail to [email protected]
First-time participants please download the entry form on the MCWC web
site. Please send it by airmail together with the documentation that is
necessary for qualification to the address given in the form.
Please note that we have a tough qualification (in 2014, 40 calculators
out of 74 who have registered were qualified). Calculators who took part
in one of the previous years may want to send additional documentation
about their recent results in the same way as the first-timers (by
airmail with all the paperwork) in order to have better chances in the
Deadline for Registrations: 1 June 2016
You can help us with the organization if you register soon.
The number of participants is limited to 40. If more people register for
the event, the organizer will select the participants who qualify. For
this purpose, information about previous results at mental calculation
events (achieved in the past ten years), other mental sports contests
and verified achievements with the Memoriad software
(http://memoriad.com/memoriadsoftware.asp) are taken into consideration.
The results achieved should be documented (category, number of correct
answers, time) and sent together with the application form. These
results must be confirmed by a witness with some background in mental
calculation (for example a maths teacher or a university researcher who
works in a field close to mathematics).
Participants have to pay their travel expenses and their room at the
youth hostel. We have a reserved a number of rooms until 29 July. Use
the keyword "WM 2016" when booking!
If necessary, we will try to support those who need a travel grant by
looking for sponsorship. Please contact us as soon as possible if you
are in need of such a sponsorship. And of course, it would also be very
welcome if you or your company would offer sponsorship!
Please contact us soon enough if you need a formal invitation letter for
visa purposes. Keep in mind that in some countries visa formalities can
take a long time!
More information can be found on the web site:
If you have any questions on the MCWC, please contact me at
I am looking forward to meet the world's best calculators in Bielefeld!
I'd also like to add some social network links. For anyone with a FB page, a fanpage of the competition can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/mentalcalculationworldcup
Its wiki here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mental_Calculation_World_Cup
An intro article on this competition, in UK's Guardians here:
And some videos with highlights of the 6 previous competitions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzgaRkBjWMQ (MCWC 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pJXfQCe6yM ('14 closing ceremony)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yhyw_bsDjg (MCWC 2012)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPTKZ4PLkMc ('12 champ doing Anzan)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq_6b6Yo0d4 (MCWC 2010 champion)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz9--bTcGGo (MCWC 2008)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o25DtVKj63U (MCWC 2006)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfCy43eDYyI (MCWC 2004)