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Braden Adams set new national records at the 2019 British Columbia Memory Championship

Chilliwack resident Braden Adams absolutely DESTROYED the competition* at the July 13 2019 British Columbia Memory Championship and set several new national records. In a series of short 5-minute intervals, he memorized no less than 47 names and faces, 263 images, 43 fictitious historical dates and 86 random words. His images score is equal to his previous competition record while his dates and words scores are now the new national records. He also memorized a full deck of cards in just 47 SECONDS, beating by a long shot the previous national records set by Ezequiel Valenzuela (56 seconds) and Francis Blondin (66 seconds). Thanks to Joaquim Ayala for his help organizing this competition. To everyone reading this, no matter how good or how bad your memory currently is**, we hope to see you at our next National Memory Championship that will happen in mid-November simultaneously in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

* Just to be clear, the first sentence of this post is partly tongue in cheek. Unfortunately everyone else who was originally planning to compete yesterday weren’t able to for different reasons. That doesn’t in any way diminish the fact that he managed to set some particularly impressive new national records. This was the very first CMSA British Columbia Memory Championship, but it won’t be the last. The number of B.C. residents with enough knowledge and experience with memory techniques is currently very low, but we fully intend to change this : )

** If you’d like to be able to perform similar memory feats, you can. On this website we offer a free 5-day training program with links to plenty of other free resources. And you can contact us at cmsa@canadianmindsports.com if you have any further questions about this subject. You’re not gonna be able to memorize a deck of cards in 47 seconds by next week, but you will still be amazed by what you will manage to accomplish with a little bit of training.

All the events and rules were for the B.C. championship were described on this page. Our upcoming National Championship in November will most likely follow a format similar to what is described here.

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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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Other upcoming events

In addition to our still secret plans for a 2019 National Memory Championship, a 2019 National Mental Math Championship and 2019 Friendly Cubing Championship, we’re interested in organizing a 2019 Ontario Memory Championship.

Please get in touch with us at cmsa@canadianmindsports.com or through the “Apprendre à apprendre – Memory training and other fun and useful subjects“ Facebook group if you might be interested in competing or if you want to be involved in the organization.

If you’d like to organize a provincial memory competition elsewhere than in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, please read this page and get in contact with us!

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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.

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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.