Get ready for the 2019 National Memory Championship and for the 2019 National Mental Math Championship!

The 2019 National Memory Championship will be held on Sunday November 24, simultaneously in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. 

The National Mental Math championship will be held the day before, Saturday November 23, solely in Montreal*.

Click here to learn more about the 2019 National Memory Championship

Click here to sign up for the 2019 National Memory Championship

Click here to learn more about the 2019 National Mental Math Championship

Click here to sign up for the 2019 National Mental Math Championship

Both events are open to people of all ages and all skill levels. Will Braden Adams keep his Canadian Memory Champion title? Will Jean Béland keep his Canadian Mental Math Champion title? More interesting still, will YOU use this opportunity to start improving your skills? Although it takes a lot of work and practice to become an expert in one or those disciplines, becoming a lot better than you currently are can be done much faster than you imagine. The formats of both championships are designed to be challenging for everyone, even experts, while at the same time being very accessible to beginners and newcomers. Visit the Learn and train section of this website and start discovering how you can spectacularly improve with some new techniques and a few efforts.

* If you’re a teacher or an organizer in Canada and you’d like your class or your group to be able to compete from afar, get in contact with us! We can’t garantee it, but it’s possible that we’ll be able to arrange something.

* Des traductions en français de toutes les pages les plus importantes seront faites au cours des prochains jours.

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Important notice: Our regular email, cmsa@canadianmindsports.com, hasn’t been working properly during the past few weeks, possibly due to us having changed our web hosting service. It took us a while to notice and we don’t know how many unseen emails we may have received in the meantime. The problem is now fixed. If you recently wrote to us and we didn’t write back, please just send your email again or contact our Facebook page instead.

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The IAM World Memory Championship 2019 in Zhuhai, China, November 29 to December 1

Just a few days after the CMSA National Memory Championship in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, our friends at the International Association of Memory (IAM) will be holding the World Memory Championship in Zhuhai, China. Zhuhai (珠海市: “Pearl Sea City”) is a marvelous coastal city in the South of China, close to Hongkong and Macao. This is going to be huge! If travelling to China, visiting a beautiful city and meeting the best memorizers in the world while pushing your own skills to the limit sounds appealing to you, visit the IAM website.

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Just made this semi-improvised new logo. Not sure if it’s awesome or a little weird or both. What do you think?

Full credits for the images used: upper-right is Florian Dellé of the awesome memory-sports.com website; upper-middle ; upper-right; middle-left; lower-left ; lower-middle. Middle-right and lower-right are too widely used to point to any particular source.

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If memory techniques are new to you, check out this completely free and very short 5-day, 20 minutes a day training program that we believe will help you spectacularly improve your ability to remember difficult information.

Click here to access your free training program

Cliquez ici pour accéder à votre programme d’entrainement gratuit

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New blog post: a compilation of some of the most fascinating and instructive articles and news reports about the art of memory.

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Chilliwack resident Braden Adams set several new national memory records at the July 13 2019 British Columbia Memory Championship.

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Cubing Competition in Montreal

Saturday April 6, CMSA Board member Valérie Grenon along with Canadian Cubing and others organized a huge cubing competition in Montreal. Over 120 competitors showed up and the event was a great success.

The Journal de Montréal wrote this great article about it.

Join the Cubing Montreal Facebook group if you want to see some images and videos of the event.

Follow the Canadian Cubing website and Facebook page if you want to be informed of all the upcoming cubing competitions in Canada.

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Les résultats du Championnat québécois de la mémoire 2019

La Canadian Mind Sports Association (CMSA) en collaboration avec l’Association des participants à la maîtrise en administration de l’Université Laval (APMAL) tiennent à remercier tous ceux et celles qui ont participé au Championnat québécois de la mémoire du 23 mars 2019 à l’Université Laval.

Les résultats officiels du championnat sont en ligne sur cette page!

The official results of the 2019 Quebec Memory Championship are now online on this page!

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Conférence sur l’art de la mémoire le 18 février

Francis Blondin, champion canadien de la mémoire 2016 et 2017, a été invité par l’Association des participants à la maîtrise en administration de l’Université Laval (APMAL) à enseigné de quelles façons les techniques de mémorisation peuvent être utilisées pour les études ou pour un peu n’importe quoi. Ces techniques ne sont pas une solution magique pour tout apprendre et tout retenir sans effort, mais elles sont certainement des outils extraordinaires qui méritent amplement d’être connus.

Merci aux quelques 100 personnes qui se sont déplacés pour l’occasion!

Pour ceux et celles qui n’étaient pas présents, voici quelques liens qui pourraient vous intéresser:

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Sites Internet d’entrainement à l’art de la mémoire

Outre de faire l’effort de transformer en images les noms des gens que vous rencontrez et les mots difficiles que vous entendez, l’une des façons les plus simples d’intégrer la pratique des techniques de mémorisation dans son mode de vie consiste à aller sur un site d’entrainement comme Memory League un petit cinq minutes de temps en temps au lieu d’aller sur Facebook. C’est comme un jeu vidéo.

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We’re all over the place!

Our first national competitions had quite an impact and our memory and math champions are now all over the place! We hope that this exposure will convince at least a few people to start learning some new skills. “See what you can do, you’d be surprised” is one of the messages they intend to repeat as often as possible

  • On CBC radio
  • On The Star Vancouver
  • On 1310 News Ottawa (Sept 21 show, hour 1, from 9:12 to 18:20)
  • On Kiss Radio
  • (In French) An interview with mental math champion Jean Béland published in Le Soleil of Quebec city, Le Droit of Gatineau, Le Nouvelliste of Trois-Rivières, La Tribune of Sherbrooke, Le Quotidien of Saguenay and La Voix de l’Est of Granby. He made the front page in at least one case.
  • (In French again) Another interview with Jean Béland on radio 107.7 Estrie (you need to look for the September 20 program to find the link)
  • An interview and a demonstration with competitor Ezequiel Valenzuela and organizer Francis Blondin on Global News Montreal
  • Francis Blondin on CBC radio
  • (In French) On Radio-Canada Première

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Here’s what you’ve missed during the first National CMSA Championships

Here are the official results of the 3 championships that were held this weekend simultaneously in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. There’s a lot to tell, but the bottom line is that we had a ton of fun, we were amazed by the performance we witnessed and very happy to meet some enthusiastic beginners. In Vancouver, Braden Adams became the new National Memory Champion, breaking no less than three Canadian records. Also in Vancouver, 14-year-old Kenny Zhong solved a Rubik’s cube in just 6.63 seconds. In Montreal, mister Jean Béland managed to defeat his strongest rivals and claim the title of National Mental Math Champion. We want to sincerely thank everyone who participated in one way or another! With your help, we’ll be back next year bigger and stronger.

Results of the 2018 Friendly Cubing Championship

Results of the 2018 National Mental Math Championship

Results of the 2018 National Memory Championship

Click here or join this Facebook group if you want to see more photos from the three championships.

If you’d like to share your ideas concerning the direction we should take, you’re welcome to do so either by contacting cmsa@canadianmindsports.com or by writing something in the previously mentioned Facebook group. We probably won’t be adding that board game championship you might like to see, but we’re still curious to hear everyone’s thoughts.