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The title Grandmaster of Memory was first awarded in 1995 at a grand banquet organized by The Brain Trust which took place in the Poole Hall of Hanbury Manor near Cambridge. The Awards were a conscious homage to the very first Chess Grandmaster titles which were awarded by Czar Nicholas 11 in 1914 to the greats of the world’s most widespread Mind Sport.

The Grandmaster of Memory awards on this occasion was presented by HSH Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein and was based on the international memory rankings developed by Tony Buzan.

The first people to attain the title of Grandmaster of Memory were Dominic O’Brien, Jonathan Hancock, Mark Channon, Andi Bell, Kevin Horsley, Patrick Colgan, Philip Bond and Creighton Carvello.

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