Yes, you most definitely are “good enough” to compete in a CMSA championship.

Can any random guy or girl with no previous experience and no particular “talent” compete at one (or all) of our competitions without ending up suffering from severe brain trauma or worse, from public ridicule and embarrassment? Can he or she even have fun and leave with pride and good memories? Of course they can! This isn’t a boxing match and this isn’t the Olympics either. My experience from competitions so far is that everybody is friendly and eager to meet others and exchange their tricks. Whether or not you happen to perform well is of no real consequence. It’s even possible to compete anonymously if you prefer.

A few of us prepare for those competitions as if something really important was at stake, but in the end of course this is all (mostly) just a game. You can train seriously and try to outperform everyone else, you can compete mostly against yourself, or you can just enjoy the situation without worrying too much about your performance. The last attitude is the one that I (Francis Blondin) plan to adopt in the mental math and cubing championships. I’m decent with some forms of cubing but I have zero hope of winning any event. And I’m ok with basic mental math, but the amount of time I plan to invest in preparing for the championship can be rounded down to approximately 0 hours. I would have trained a little more for the memory championship, but I can’t compete this year because I happen to be the one designing the challenges.

So everyone forget your “I’m not good enough” or “I’m out of practice” excuses and put your silly worries under control  Would you say to your friends “sorry I would like to play this game of [insert here whatever type of game you enjoy playing] with all of you but unfortunately I haven’t been practicing enough recently and there’s this other person who’s better at it than I am so I won’t win and therefore I won’t play”? Well I happen to hear different versions of that excuse almost all the time and I don’t quite understand why. It’s not that I can’t think of any good reason for not competing. You’re not interested. You live too far. There’s something else you’d rather be doing that day. You’d rather use the 15 bucks to buy a few beers. You recently lost your two eyes and your two hands in a tragic lawn mower accident. There’s a long list of other possible good reasons, but I’m sorry to report that “I’m not good enough” or “I’m out of practice” aren’t on it 

If you enjoy the game, go play it. It’s that simple.

By clicking here you can read our short guide explaining everything you need to know before competing in one of our beginner’s sections. See you on September 15 or 16.