Here are the results and comments of those who “competed” at the Quebec Memory Championship in a self-regulated and honorary way. Many people declared an interest in competing this way, but in the end only 3 actually did everything and sent us the results. The deadline is now passed, but if you want you can still download all the challenges here (ou ici en français) and post your results on this page in the comments below. Just to be clear, although we’re sure that everyone honestly reported everything, this was all done for fun and practice and none of the great results below are official. The official results remain those posted on this page. Thanks to Konstantin Skudler and Braden Adams for their participation and amazing performances! As for me (Francis), I was quite happy for this opportunity to be both an organizer and a competitor. This pretend championship really motivated me to keep improving.
Note: The three persons who have sent us their results so far happen to be extremely motivated people with years of experience practicing memory sports. Those scores, while not quite among the best in the world, are still way, way above average. So please don’t feel bad if your own personal scores seem poor in comparison. Your scores may be lower than those, but it certainly doesn’t mean that they are “bad”. In the future I’m hoping to convince many more beginners and people of all levels to participate in memory competitions. If you’re a beginner or someone who struggle with his or her memory and you have the guts to submit yourself to those challenges, I sincerely find this to be admirable.
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
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!
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 Livan 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. For me this is the perfect farewell to PAO. I’m now ready to say hello to my almost done 3-digits and 2-cards system! I’m hoping to be done choosing all those images before the end of the month.