New Championship Points system

We’re trying out a new championship points system! Why? Because we have one completely new and two partly new events (Exam, 10 min words and 10 min numbers). Because we want to incentivize the breaking of national records. And also because of a few other reasons that would take a while to explain*. For each challenge, your raw score will be converted into what we call Championship Points (CP). Most of the time the number of CP will be calculated with a formula where your score is compared to the “national standard”. What is the national standard? It’s a partly arbitrary number based on the average of the top 3 scores ever obtained in a Canadian competition by local competitors. If you can get close to that, it means you rock. A score superior to the current national standard will be worth more than 1000 CP. If your raw score is half the current national standard, you will receive 500 CP (still a very impressive and honourable result) for this challenge. The national standard will evolve year after year as results keep getting better.

Here’s a chart explaining what the current national standard is for each challenge, how it was chosen and what the formula for CP calculations will be.

* At the last (and first) memory competition that we organized in September 2018, we used the IAM score calculator to convert competitors raw results into championship points (CP). That worked well enough. The IAM score calculator is a fine well-designed system overall and it’s an almost perfect tool for the 10 events International competitions in which it is used. However, here at our last competition, with the different events, the different rules and the different average skill level, it sometimes produced results that seemed unbalanced. For example, there was a kid called Mika Glaude who was on site just because his brother was competing. One organizer approached him and asked if he’d like to compete in a few challenges just for fun. The first challenge was images. The organizer spent just a few seconds explaining basic strategies. Mika, who as far as we know had never practiced this event before, scored a very respectable raw score of 49. That’s great of course, but what was surprising was that the score calculator gave about the same amount of championship points (CP) to Mika for his score with images as it gave to two other competitors who, at the cards event, had managed to correctly memorize a full deck in about 4 minutes. 49 images in 5 minutes is a decent score, but it’s not as impressive as a full deck of cards in less than 5 minutes. We could give other similar examples, but you get the point. Our new championship points system isn’t “better” than the IAM score calculator, we just hope it will be a more appropriate tool for our current situation.

** The scores that we used to calculate what the “national standards” should be were all obtained either at the 2018 National Memory Championship, the 2017 IAM Canadian Open, the 2017 or 2018 Canadian Memory Championships. As we said the national standard will evolve year after year as results keep getting better.

One last note, we may decide to change the formula for Speed Cards CP calculations if we figure out something better in the next few weeks.