Memorising Playing Cards: Event 5 at Indian National Memory Championship 2017


Indian National Memory Championship 2017 is happening at Jal Vihar, Necklace Road, Tank Bund, Hyderabad (India) on 15th October 2017. We have 4 different groups – Kids, Junior, Adults and Senior Categories. You may compete in any category depending upon your age.

Besides winning “The Indian National Memory Champion 2017” title, lots of cash prizes (Rs 1,00,000, Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,0000), Trophies and Medals are there to be won. It is a great opportunity for the youngsters, adults alike to learn and practice Memory as a hobby for a better and healthy living. Intense training sessions are already in progress every day in the morning, evening and on weekends in Hyderabad. If you are interested to compete,  you may register for the Championship and also attend the special memory training sessions by visiting or or by contacting Squadron Leader Jayasimha on 9866018989 or 8498005454.

Here, Squadron Leader Jayasimha, Memory Maestro, President World Memory Sports Council for India & Multiple Guinness World Record Holder explains as to how to memorise a deck of cards.

Out of all the Memory disciplines, memorising playing cards is most interesting, exciting and challenging as well.

A deck of playing cards will have 52 cards after we remove the jokers.

We have – Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and Clubs – 4 different categories.

In each category there are 13 cards. Like A, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K…making it total of 52 cards.

A Playing card will have a symbol (Diamond, Club, Spade or Hearts), a number and also we have to remember its sequence (location – position in the deck of cards)

There are many methods to memorise.

Different Memory athletes use different methods.

Basically what I teach my students is to imagine A – for Hearts, B – for Spades, C – for Clubs and D – for Diamonds.

For Numbers, we use the peg words (Phonetic method) which was explained earlier in memorising NUMBERS section.

There after we take one person from our Memory file and associate 6 cards together making a visualisation story.

My students are able to do that perfectly. Some of them have mastered it so well that they are able to do 2 deck of Cards as well.

I haveNiyudh, Avinaash, Rahul, Nitya, Meghana&PraharshitaGayatri, All these youngsters are using the above method and doing it effectively.


However, the method that I personally follow is Person, Object and Action Method (POA).

I assume different images for different symbols.

All the Hearts as my family members- one number for one person.

Spades as film actors – most of them couple or in pairs – Hero and Heroine

Diamonds – are vehicles

Clubs are Fruits and vegetables.

I take a set of 3 cards and make an association, then use LOCI method or Memory Palace Method. I have 17 locations in my house (17 x 3 = 51 and 1 extra card, making it a total of 52 cards). In each location, I memorise the set of three cards association (POA) in sequential order. I am able to do it perfectly. This is what most of the memory athletes across the world use it.

You have to see and explore as to which method you are comfortable with and there after practice till it becomes easy.

So in the competition, a deck of 52 cards are shuffled and given. The contestants have to memorise them in order. Thereafter they will be given an answer sheet where 4 columns withsymbols are given. The contestants have to mark the number of the card in that symbol within the time.

The Arbiters will cross verify the cards, if you get them all correct, then you will be the winner.

I am sure, some of you might have got these methods and many of you might be still be confused. If you are still not sure, call Squadron Leader Jayasimha on 9866018989 and attend the intensive specialised training program.

The rules, and the scoring pattern of this playing cards is given below. Kindly go through the same and practice.

Looking forward to meeting you on 15th October 2017 in Hyderabad.


Event 5 Random Cards
Aim To commit to memory and recall the sequence of 52 playing cards of one deck.
Time to Memorise 10 Minutes
Time to Recall 30 Minutes
Question Paper
  1. A list of images  shuffled pack (deck) of 52 playing cards on a paper will be given.


  1. Contestants must not begin recalling their pack until either the adjudicator has announced that the 10 minute period is complete or all of the contestants have finished memorising within the 10 minute limit.
  2. The cards images can be looked at repeatedly and more than one card can be looked at simultaneously.
  3. After the memorising phase each contestant gets a an answer sheet with serial numbers. The contestant has to write the number and image of the card as per the serial order. (For example – Spades 5, Clubs 2 etc.,
  4. Contestants should submit the memorised answer sheet to the adjudicator after the allocation of time. .
Answer Paper
  1. After the recall phase, the question and answer papers will be put beside each other on the table, then the answers are compared.
  2. The arbiter will compare each card from the memorised paper with each answer of the recall pack. At the first discrepancy between the two sheets, only the cards up to this point will be counted.
  3. The contestant, who memorises all 52 cards in the correct sequence, wins the event.

If you want further clarity, explanation or training, please contact Squadron Leader Jayasimha on 9866018989 or 8498005454 or mail us to