Honorary Memory and Math Challenges – The Results

By scrolling down on this page, you will find the results for (in that order):

  • Round 2 of the Honorary Memory Challenge
  • The 2021 Honorary Mental Math Challenge
  • Round 1 of the Honorary Memory Challenge
  • The honorary results we received after the 2019 National Memory Championship
  • The honorary results we received after the 2019 Quebec Memory Championship

In 2019 we started putting all our competition documents online and we encouraged people who are unwilling or unable to take part in our regular in-person events to try to simulate “competing” at home in a completely self-regulated and honorary way. In 2020 and 2021, for reasons that you can probably guess, those “honorary challenges” temporarily started to replace our official in-person events. Below we’re posting the results and comments of all those brave souls who have chosen to participate so far.

Some important notes: 

  • Just to be clear, although we suppose that everyone honestly reported everything, this is all done for fun and practice and none of the results below are official. Only in-person championship results are considered official.
  • So far the majority of those who participated in an honorary way happens to have a lot of previous experience with memory sports or/and mental math. Most of the scores listed below are way, way above average. Some are among the very best in the world. So if some of your personal scores seem poor in comparison, that’s completely normal and it certainly doesn’t mean that they are “bad”. In the future, we’re hoping to convince many more beginners and people of all levels to participate in memory and/or mental math competitions, including people who happen to struggle with mental math and/or with their memory. Whoever you are, if you have the guts to submit yourself to those challenges, you’re already way ahead of 99% of the rest of the population.
  • Every honorary challenge comes with a deadline for sending us your results and for being included in the scoreboard. You’re of course encouraged to send us your results during those periods. However, if you miss the deadline, or if you want to attempt to do better than you previously did, it will always be possible for you to download the latest challenges and test yourself. The latest editions of our Honorary Memory Challenge and our Honorary Mental Math Challenge will always remain accessible online, and so will our memory and mental math training tools and sample disciplines. So if at some point in the future you want to try something and post your results, you’re very welcome to do so as a comment at the bottom of this page, as a post in this Facebook group or anywhere else you prefer. I’m (Francis Blondin) hoping to do this myself at some point again in 2021, for both memory and mental math.


 

Full results of Round 2 of the Honorary Memory Challenge

  • Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations for what you managed to achieve!
  • Congratulations to Braden Adams for once again managing to get the best results overall along with some new unofficial national records.
  • Congratulations to Silvio Di Fabio in Italy for his close second place overall.
  • Congratulations to 13 years old Joshua Olayanju in New Jersey for his third-place overall, beating all participants of all ages except Braden and Silvio.
  • Congratulations to Don Michael Vickers for his second place among Canadians.
  • Congratulations to Jim Gerwing for his third place among Canadians and first place among seniors
  • Congratulations to Jefferson Song for his first place in the Regular section.
  • Thanks to Landmark Group in Vancouver and congratulations to all their students.

Here are some nice pictures of all participants in the Regular section. They are all students of Landmark Group in Vancouver. The mysterious ninja-looking man below the tv happens to be Braden Adams. 

 

  • Use the zoom-in function on your computer (usually Ctrl  +/-) for better clarity. Reading on your cellphone will probably be more difficult.
  • Explanations about this scoreboard are added below.

About those scoreboards:

  • We don’t usually make a scoreboard for honorary results, but we’re making an exception until we can start having in-person events again. Once again this is an “honorary” challenge and there is no official “ranking” here. But just to satisfy our curiosity, we calculated an overall number of “championship points” for every participant to see who did best. You can click here if you would like to see a more detailed version of this scoreboard that includes the specific number of championship points and bonus points earned for each event.
  • The first number in each box shows the raw official result. The second number after a slash sometimes shows the attempted score. The attempted score has no effect on the final ranking and we only note this to satisfy our curiosity. In the Advanced section, penalties for errors can sometimes be severe, especially for numbers and words. Therefore, do not assume that a score of 200/300 necessarily means that the participant made 100 mistakes.
  • The final column indicates the total number of championship points (CP) and bonus points that have been earned by a particular participant. For each event, a mathematical formula is used to convert the raw result into a number of championship points. In the advanced section, at the end only the 5 best results out of 6 are taken into consideration. Bonus points can be earned either by obtaining a top 3 result among your peers in a particular discipline or by memorizing at least 60, 100 or 150 digits; 20, 40 or 52 cards.
  • The participants are listed in first name alphabetical order.
  • Click here if you’re curious about all the details concerning Championship Points (CP) and bonus points calculation.
  • Click here to read all the rules for all the different events.

Some additional commentaries:

(As always you can just contact me if you want any of your comments to be added here.)

From James Ward from the United Kingdom:

James wrote the following on the Art of Memory forum:
“I recently took part in Round 2 of the Honorary Memory Challenge (having also taken part in Round 1 last year). It was hard work – especially for my 66-year-old brain – but great fun! It was almost as physically demanding as mentally challenging, and took me almost 4 hours – with breaks – to complete. I rarely commit large chunks of time to memory practice (one of the reasons, I’m sure, why my progress is limited), so this was like a massive workout for me. I’m hoping it will have some delayed effect on my current ML times. But even if it doesn’t, it was still a very enjoyable experience.”

In an e-mail, he also mentioned that he was surprised by his card and images score, considering that in practice he can sometimes manage to memorize a full deck of cards in two minutes and 30 images in 47 seconds.

From Francis Blondin from Montreal, Canada:

So here’s the very long and very boring story (you’ve been warned!) of my own training and my own performances ( : Feel free to skip of course! 

While I’ve never stopped thinking and reading and writing about memory, training for “memory sports” hasn’t been a priority for me since 2018. I got back into it for a few weeks in 2019 and got some very good “honorary” results that are mentioned at the very bottom of this page. But since then all the time that I might have used for training have instead gone into designing and perfecting and learning a 3-digit and 2-card system. I knew this task would take long, but I never thought it would take me THAT long. It’s been a nearly endless process of building the system, thinking about potential images, moving them around, “improving” them, learning everything, practicing for a few days, stopping a long while, forgetting, making some new “improvements”, relearning everything, re-forgetting and so on… Those very large systems are awesome, but I don’t recommend them for 99%+ of the people out there.

Finally, 19 days ago on March 21 (I noted the date), I officially declared the system to be “ready” and – in addition to all the system drills – I started making a few daily short and quick memorization attempts with it. I also relearned and reorganized all my “memory sports” palaces because I felt that their previous configuration might be suboptimal in the long run. So I spent about one hour, sometimes two or more, on most days for more than 2 weeks preparing for the challenge. Most of that time was spent simply drilling that newly modified large number system or modifying my memory palaces.

Friday April 2nd, I thought I was more or less ready and started my “official” attempts. Results were ok, but they weren’t what I was hoping for, especially for numbers. So I gave up and decided I would wait until Sunday. On Sunday I tried names, and once again I felt like I was not alert enough and underperforming. Monday was the last day before the deadline, but unfortunately I had accidentally woken up at 3 am the night before without managing to fall back asleep. So I again waited until Tuesday April 6, and only then did I start feeling “good enough” and getting decent results by my standards. By then the deadline had passed, so that’s why I didn’t include those results in the scoreboard.

Anyway if anyone is curious, here they are:

[Note that as an organizer, I’m supposed to skip the exam and only use memorization material from standard-memory.com or the IAM training software for my scores to be considered valid.]

  • Got 62% at the exam. It could easily have been 80 or even 90+% if I hadn’t correctly remembered the words but misplaced so many countries and train parts. Anyway as a matter of principle it wouldn’t have been considered valid because I wrote the damn thing in the first place. That’s an advantage for sure, but not as much as one would think because the writing was done months ago and the process I use to come up with those made-up words is partly random and out of my control.
  • Did one more attempt at images and got 146 images out of 170, so not much better than what I “officially” did a few days before.
  • Did one names attempt with standard-memory.com and one more with the CMSA document that you used. Got 39 names correct both times. Not great, but good enough.
  • I was happy with my 95/100 words scores with Standard-memory.com. A few days before, I had only managed 61 out of 100 (85 correct).
  • My number attempt wasn’t nearly as good as I hoped, but it still felt much better than the one I had done the previous Friday. Score of 199 digits out of 255 (with 248 correct)
  • Memorizing cards using my old PAO system felt good ( : 1 min. and 42 sec. on the first attempt and 1 min. and 14.6 sec. on the second. Not my best, but I was still quite proud! Now looking forward to start using my 2-card system instead relatively soon.

I often tell people that they should see their participation in any memory competition or challenge as a game and as a learning opportunity and not worry too much about their scores. But clearly, it seems like I have a hard time maintaining that attitude myself!

One last thought before I stop rambling: I’m quite happy with the way this “challenge” has forced me to start practicing again. I think memory training is similar in parts to physical training. It’s very easy to procrastinate or “forget” about it in favor of easier or more urgent activities, but it does feel great once you manage to make it into a habit. I’m now hoping to maintain this newly re-acquired awesome habit for as long as possible, even if only for a few minutes of daily-ish attempts. 

 


Full results of the 2021 Honorary Mental Math Challenge

Thanks and congratulations to everyone who participated! Congratulations to Hua Wei Chan in Alberta, Canada, for managing the best results overall. Congratulations to Jean Béland in Granby, Canada, for his second place. Congratulations to 10 years old Kaloyan Danielov Geshev for his third place and for his amazing demonstration a few days ago at Bulgaria’s Got Talent. Scroll down for more “fun facts” about the participants and for a link to a video of young Kaloyan showing his skills on tv.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you want some comments of yours to be published or if there’s some mistake that you would like to see corrected.

Also thanks to Marc Larocque and Daniel Timms for their help promoting the event!

Use the zoom-in function on your computer (usually Ctrl  +/-) for better clarity. Reading on your cellphone will probably be more difficult.

(Note that no real “beginners” have tried the honorary challenge so far. The three participants above tried the “Beginner section” for fun and as some sort of warm-up, but they also took part in the Regular or Advanced section.)

Some additional fun facts:

  • All the Canadians listed above have previously also participated in our official in-person championships. Hua Wei Chan also won the last edition in 2019, while Jean Beland got second place in 2019 and first place during our first championship in 2018. If you’re curious, you can click on the links to check how their current results compare with their past official results.

  • Aditya Kumar is a cadet at the T. S. CHANAKYA Indian Maritime University in Mumbai, India. He holds national records for mental calculations and he also participated in the 2020 MSO Mental Calculations Online.

  • Daniel Timms from the UK runs the very helpful worldmentalcalculation.com instructional website. He managed some of the best results at the squaring, square roots and calendar calculations optional challenges.

  • Jean Beland, James Ward, Silvio Di Fabio and Francis Blondin will (probably) also take part in the upcoming Honorary Memory Challenge.

  • 10-years-old Kaloyan Danielov Geshev didn’t just get the third-best results here. He also got fifth place at the 2019 Junior Mental Calculation World Cup in Germany and 7th place at the 2020 MSO Mental Calculations Online. His amazing Bulgaria’s Got Talent audition was uploaded on Youtube just a few days ago! More than 160,000 views so far. You can click on the picture below if you want to watch it.

Some additional commentaries:

From James Ward from the United Kingdom:

James left some much-appreciated posts on the Art of Memory forum about this event and his participation. You can click here to read them. Румяна Гешева also left some friendly comments in Bulgarian in the same thread about Kaloyan’s performance. 

From Daniel Timms from the United Kingdom:

“Overall I’m pretty pleased with how I did given that I haven’t done much competition-focused training for ages, just some for experiments or to prepare for workshops!

Good job on setting a suitable variety and difficulty of questions. The squaring event is new, and actually more interesting than straightforward multiplication as there are shortcuts, although the 2-digit ones were entirely from memory. Calendar dates for 5 minutes is super tiring! I could probably have beaten my score but preferred a third round of square numbers.

Looking forward to seeing the results next week!”

[Daniel also made some much-appreciated posts about the event on his World Mental Calculation website and Facebook page.]

From Evan Barbin from France:

“Merci pour ce super défi cérébral! J’attends avec impatience les prochaines éditions.”

From Francis Blondin from Montreal, Canada:

“Overall I’m quite happy about this event and about the level of participation ( : I’m also relatively happy with my own scores. I did everything on the computer. Most calculations were done mentally, but I did note down my sub-results for additions and multiplications, hence me being in the “Regular” instead of the “Advanced” section. Although recently nearly all of my “training time” has been taken up by other activities, I did try a few very short mental math drills during the days before my attempts. Not much, but still enough to greatly reduce my average number of mistakes. I also relearned how to do calendar calculations and was very pleasantly surprised with my 79 out of 80 scores in 5 minutes. I honestly first thought that I had made some mistake while setting up the timer and that I had kept going for too long. But then I tried again unofficially and got about the same results.

At some points during the next few months, I’m hoping to take some time to do some more mental math reading and practicing, and then try everything again in the “Advanced” category and try all the optional challenges. When that will be done, I’ll post my new results as a comment at the bottom of this page. I think I can manage some not great but very decent or at least ok results at squaring and everything else. Would also be cool to manage just 1 of those “insane multiplications” completely mentally, even if very slowly. If you combine some ok mental math skills with a well-practiced system for memorizing numbers, it should be possible right?”

 


Honorary Memory Challenge – Round 1 Results

  • Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations for what you managed to achieve!
  • Thanks to Landmark Group in Vancouver and in China and congratulations to all their students. I’m quite jealous of many of the results you managed to achieve, particularly those of Mandy Wang, Zixuan Xian and Ziling Wu.
  • Braden Adams performances were of course just as impressive as always and he got the best results overall. His continuous improvements over the last few years remain amazing to witness.
  • Congrats to 11 years old Théodore Beaumont in Montréal for his amazing performance.
  • Congrats to our 2 participants in their 60s who both did very well. James Ward from North Yorkshire the UK did better than I did at the Exam. Jim Gerwing from Sherwood Park in Alberta memorized more than 200 digits in 10 minutes. That’s also better than I did. I don’t know this for a fact, but it seems likely that Jim is currently the only Canadian citizen aged 60 years or more who’s capable of such a feat.

Here are two nice pictures of Shuhan Cao, Kingston Stone, Winston Stone and Mandy Wang while taking part in our challenge. They are all students of Landmark Group in Vancouver.

  • Use the zoom-in function on your computer (usually Ctrl  +/-) for better clarity. Reading on your cellphone will probably be more difficult.
  • Explanations about this scoreboard are added below.

About this scoreboard:

  • We don’t usually make a scoreboard for honorary results, but we’re making an exception until we can start having in-person events again. Again this is an “honorary” challenge and there is no official “ranking” here. But just to satisfy our curiosity, we calculated an overall number of “championship points” for every participant to see who did best. The “Open section” is for everyone who isn’t a citizen. Organizer Francis Blondin is also taking part in that section to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. In the last column on the right, we point out who did best among Canadians and who did best in the Open section. We also point out who did best overall, no matter the section. Click here if you would like to see a more detailed version of this scoreboard that includes the specific number of championship points and bonus points earned for each event.
  • Most participants in our in-person championships usually choose to compete in the Regular section, with less strict scoring rules and with numbers and cards being optional. Here it turns out that everyone chose to take part in the Advanced section.
  • The first number in each box shows the raw official result. The second number after a slash sometimes shows the attempted score. The attempted score has no effect on the final ranking and we only note this to satisfy our curiosity. In the Advanced section, penalties for errors can sometimes be severe, especially for numbers and words. Therefore, do not assume that a score of 200/300 necessarily means that the participant made 100 mistakes.
  • The final column indicates the total number of championship points (CP) and bonus points that have been earned by a particular participant. For each event, a mathematical formula is used to convert the raw result into a number of championship points. In the advanced section, at the end only the 5 best results out of 6 are taken into consideration. Bonus points can be earned either by obtaining a top 3 result among your peers in a particular discipline or by memorizing at least 60, 100 or 150 digits; 20, 40 or 52 cards.
  • The participants are listed in first name alphabetical order.
  • Click here if you’re curious about all the details concerning Championship Points (CP) and bonus points calculation.
  • Click here to read all the rules for all the different events.

Some additional commentaries:

From James Ward from the United Kingdom:

James left this much-appreciated post on the Art of Memory forum about this event and his participation. You can click here to read it.

From Francis Blondin from Montreal, Canada:

First please note that any participant who wants to add his or her own commentaries here is welcome to do so! Just contact me and I will gladly add them. Second let me apologize again for taking so long to compile and post the results. Been dealing with some issues that made it difficult for me to work and focus. The process also ended up taking much longer than I thought it would.

Other than that, I already thanked and congratulated everyone, so now I’ll talk a little bit about my own performances. Feel free to skip, because it will be quite boring! I think what I managed was quite good, but not nearly as good as what I’ve done in the past. That shouldn’t be a surprise since it’s been so long since I’ve last been practicing regularly. I was hoping to prepare semi-seriously for this, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. I was busy with some other concerns and all my preparation time was absorbed by me making some last-minute changes to my new system for numbers and cards. Been working on that ridiculous (and awesome) system for an absurdly long time. So far instead of really using and practicing it, I seem to just keep finding new time-consuming ways to make it 0.01% “better” or more fun. Hopefully it will pay off in the long run!

Because I’m an organizer, I’m only allowed to sign up for the open section and to use the somewhat more difficult words and names from the IAM training website and standardmemory.com. Ended up writing down a lot of synonyms for words. A lot of small typos for names. A lot of correct names associated with the wrong faces. ARRRGH! I did the exam just to see how it would go, but my result can’t possibly be considered valid because, well, I wrote it all down in the first place about a month ago. Didn’t do that great despite that advantage. Did all right with cards thanks to the fact that I used my old PAO. None of this really matters of course! I still enjoyed this challenge and hopefully I’ll be better prepared for Round 2.


Some honorary results we received after the 2019 National Memory Championship

Results of Guillaume Petit-Jean from Courbevoie, France

Guillaume told me he enjoyed the format but he hasn’t been training a lot recently and he isn’t too satisfied with his scores. I happen to think that those results are amazing, but I guess we all have different standards ( :

  • 296 images
  • 65 names
  • 105% at the advanced exam (yep, that’s possible)
  • 100 words
  • 252 digits out of 300
  • 1 min and 46 seconds for cards

Results of Jean Béland from Granby, Canada.

Jean did some challenges in person at the competition, but he was sick and unable to focus so he decided to leave. He later sent me those honorary results for those 2 disciplines he had missed:

  • 80.5% for the advanced exam.
  • 2 minutes and 30 seconds for cards.

Results of Francis Blondin from Montreal, Canada.

This is the second time that I’m organizing a competition and then later “competing” in it in an honorary way. First time was 8 months ago after the 2019 Quebec Memory Championship. I’m in more or less the same situation now than I was then, not on top of my game but still doing my best. Most of I wrote then (see my other entry down below) is still valid today. This time I was quite out of practice and I was tempted to skip this one, but I’m glad that I didn’t. Although I didn’t prepare as much and I didn’t do quite as well as last time, I’m still happy with my results and I still enjoyed the experience.

  • Got 133 images. All right score but less than some of the beginner and intermediate level competitors in the Regular section.
  • Happy with 86% result at the exam. Most of my mistakes were due to misremembering the correct locations of many elements. I once again had the huge advantage of knowing exactly what to expect with the format. Without that advantage, I’m hoping I would still have managed maybe 75% or a little more. I’m extremely biased but I think this is a very cool event and although I wouldn’t want it to be included at the next IAM World Memory Championship, I think that many more people should attempt it.
  • Names is the other discipline where I had some advantage because although many names had been changed, I had seen all the faces before. I was still pleasantly surprised by my score of 55 names. For a more fair challenge, I then made another 5 minutes attempt on standard-memory.com and got 39. Would have been 40 if it wasn’t for a small bug with the software, and nearly 50 if it wasn’t for all those names that I misspelled. 
  • 110 words out of 110.
  • 258 out of 294 for numbers.
  • Quite happy with my 1:02 cards score on my first try. Second try I did 53 seconds but I made a bunch of mistakes during recall.

Official in-person results for 2019 National Memory Championship are posted on this page.


Some honorary results we received after the 2019 Quebec Memory Championship

Sent by Konstantin Skudler, a German citizen living in Sweden

I managed to go through all the disciplines according to the timetable and here are my results and a few comments on them:

  • Images: I tried 240 but did 5 mistakes, all in rows where I was unsure, but I decided to try to guess them and they turned out to be wrong. So 210 as final result.
  • Exam: I think my score of 94 is quite good. I am a bit unhappy though because I lost 2 points with writing 2003 to the wrong event of Dracula and I didn’t know that there will be several events beginning with the same words. Furthermore, I remembered the anatomy names with the shapes of the locations which then were replaced by numbers, so I failed to assign the correct number to Tayos and Samso. Additionally: only 2 spelling errors with Tiblir and Pirori instead of Tribis and Piroro and the equation correct. So:
  • Dates: 18/20, vocabulary: 20/20, geography: 18/20, astronomy: 18/20, anatomy: 16/20, Bonus: 4
  • Names: 49/51
  • Words: 150, all correct. I struggled a lot with the foreign language, i.e. I was much slower than I could have gone with german words, but that’s part of the challenge.
  • Numbers: I tried 572, again slower than I wanted due to distraction during memorisation since many loud cars drove outside my window. But, I did only 7 mistakes, so 488.
  • Cards: First trial memo time 1:12:22 minutes, recall easily in 1:45, all 52 cards correct. Second trial memo time 48:28 seconds, but 46th and 47th card swapped, so 50 score.

I haven’t taken a look on the results, so I’ll be surprised when you publish all of the honorary competitors’ ones!

Best regards,
Konstantin

Sent by Braden Adams from Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Images – 232/250
  • Exam – 60%
  • Words – 115/115
  • Digits – 300/348
  • Names – 49
  • Cards – 58.42 secs

Sent by Francis Blondin from Montreal, Canada.

I’m of course completely biased but I really enjoyed “competing” with those disciplines and this format. Although I’ve never stopped completely practising memorization (mostly long-term memorizations and reviews), it’s been a year since I last did my best to be as fast as I could. But I did do a lot during the last few weeks to prepare for this “honorary championship” and I think it paid off. Full disclosure: I was the main organizer of this competition and I had previous exposure to all the disciplines. It’s been 3 weeks since I last looked at them and I did my best to avoid memorizing anything earlier on. I asked some friends to change some names and some parts of “the exam”, but I still undoubtedly had an important advantage at least with the exam and, to a lesser extent, with names. I don’t think I had any kind of advantage with all the rest, but who knows maybe I’m wrong. All that being said, here’s how it went for me.

I took all this ridiculously seriously and during the preceding 48 hours I did everything I could to be well-rested and to be in the best physical and mental shape possible. Did some fun and relaxing things. Reviewed my PAO as fast as I could about 7 or 8 times. Prepared and reviewed my journeys. Did just the right amount of physical exercise. Ate just the right amount of food. Did some meditation. Had just enough coffee and yerba mate tea (and also a little bit of some weird “nootropic powder” that I bought at the supplement store and that taste like candy) to be fully awake and sharp without being jittery. Made a schedule that I followed strictly and started memorizing.

  • Images were going really well during the first 3.5 minutes. Then I looked at the timer and realized I had accidentally entered 10 minutes instead of 5. Damn it, now I have to periodically keep looking at the timer to make sure I don’t go overtime. Made me lose most of my focus. The last 3 lines I remember thinking something along the lines of “I don’t think I’ll remember this”. So I reviewed those last 3 lines twice and I still got them all wrong! Amazing how your state of mind when you’re memorizing makes all the difference in the world. I’m still happy with my 161 out of 215 images result.
  • I enjoyed the exam. One mistake was due to a weird brain failure where I memorized something correctly but wrote down an incorrect answer for some weird reason. I didn’t get to the last 2 bonus questions and I managed to forget the “+” sign in the equation. Other than that most of my mistakes were due to misremembering the correct locations of many elements. Happy with my 84% result. While L. G. didn’t realize that he had to remember the spelling of those made-up words and Braden was also surprised by a few things, I had the huge advantage of knowing exactly what to expect with the format. Without that advantage, I’m hoping I would still have managed maybe 70%, about as the same as Jean Béland.
  • Names is the other discipline where I had some advantage because although many names had been changed, I had seen all the faces before. Score of 47 names. Would have been more than 50 if not for 2 names I accidentally wrote twice and some typos. I’m hoping I would have managed about 40 or a little more without the initial advantage.
  • Of course I wish I had avoided those 3 blanks, that one misremembered word and that one swapping mistake, but I’m still very happy with my 103 out of 135 words score.
  • Very, very happy with my 312 out 324 numbers score. I was only mistaken with one of the last 6 digits that I grabbed at the end.
  • Also very happy with my 1:03 cards score on my first try. Second try I went all in and did 49 seconds, which is almost my pb. Only 2 cards were swapped during that second try, which is better than I expected considering how blurry everything felt during recall. So I did much better than I expected overall.

Official in-person results for the 2019 Quebec Memory Championship are posted on this page.