Today is September 18 and we are now officially announcing the 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.
If you’d like to share your ideas concerning the direction we should take, you’re welcome to do so either by contacting email@example.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.
In the planning phase now and not yet confirmed: The Quebec Memory Championship at Université Laval in January 2019.
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
- Memory champion Braden Adams on Global News
- On CityNews
- On CTV News
- 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
For a little while the rest of this website will stay as it currently is while we take a well-deserved break. Many pages will need to be edited, so don’t assume that what you can read now is up to date. Below is the front page as it was a few days ago before the championships.
September 15 and 16, simultaneously in Montreal, Toronto* and Vancouver, the newly formed and uber-awesome Canadian Mind Sports Association (CMSA) will be holding not one, but three different competitions: the National Memory Championship, the National Mental Math Championship and the Friendly Cubing Championship. Yes, that’s less than a week from now. We’re hoping to attract as many experts, casual hobbyists and complete beginners as possible. For memory and mental math, the CMSA championships will be the best place to be in Canada to have a chance at becoming the national champion or just to have fun, to challenge yourself and to meet people who share your interests. The fact that over $600 in prizes will be given away is just 1% of the reason why.
Join us, it’s going to be freaking awesome.
- Click here and hurry up to register! It doesn’t matter whether you’re an expert or a complete beginner or somewhere in between. This is also the page you need to check for information about the cost, the venues and the schedules.
- Click here and here if you want to know who we are and what we stand for.
- You’re a complete beginner but you would still like to compete? That’s awesome and we wish there were more people like you around. Click here for a quick guide. Beyond just competitions, if you’re interested in learning more about any of those disciplines, all the resources you may need are listed right here.
- Everything you need to know about the three different competitions is explained in the memory, mental math and cubing sub-menus.
- Click here if you want to help in one way or another.
- For any question you can leave a comment or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re also welcome to “like” our newly created Facebook page and to join the “Apprendre à apprendre – Memory training and other fun and useful subjects” Facebook group.
*Unlike the two other competitions, the cubing championship will be happening in Montreal and Vancouver but unfortunately not in Toronto.