Thanks and congratulations to all those brave souls – beginners and world-class experts – who showed up to our mental math and memory championships on November 26 and 27!
Congratulations to Hua Wei Chan for his second Canadian mental math champion title!
Congratulations to Braden Adams for his third Canadian memory champion title!
And congratulations to Emanuele Regnani from Italy for managing to get the best overall scores!
The 2023 Honorary Memory Challenge and the 2023 Honorary Mental Math Challenge will be starting soon!
Unofficial online events for anyone anywhere who might want to try something difficult. No need to travel. Just download the challenges, try them out and report your results.
- Location: Anywhere in this Universe
- Date: Anytime you want from December 15 2022 until February 28, 2023.
- Cost: Nothing
- Rewards: Nothing (except eternal admiration by all current and future generations)
- Skills requirement: You need to be the legitimate owner of a human brain.
As always, our events aren’t just meant for highly trained individuals, they’re designed to be welcoming to people of all skill levels, including complete beginners hoping to develop their abilities. That’s why we have a Regular section as well as an Advanced section.
For mental math, the ability to do some simple enough additions, multiplications and divisions on paper is all you need.
For memory, even if you think your memory is terrible, you might be surprised by how well you can perform with some focus combined with a very basic understanding of memory techniques. This page in English or this page in French can very quickly teach you everything you need to know to achieve some good enough results.
It will never be “easy” to memorize and/or solve problems as quickly as you can. However, although the challenges that participants in the Regular section will face are all difficult, they are conceptually simple enough so that almost anyone can try and enjoy them.
And as always, you can choose to participate anonymously if you prefer.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the 2022 Honorary Mental Math Challenge and the 2022 Honorary Memory Challenge!
No, the photo above of this huge exterior class has absolutely nothing to do with our honorary challenges.
But yes, we did indeed have 364 participants!
The vast majority of those are young people in India working with the Genius Kid organization and competing in mental math. We also saw participants from France, Italy, Japan, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, United States, Spain, Russia, Germany, Bulgaria, Belgium, and of course Canada.
Update: The deadline to participate in those honorary challenges is now passed. However, if you missed the deadline, or if you want to attempt to do better than you previously did, it will always be possible for you to go through some of those challenges again. The latest editions of our Honorary Memory Challenge and our Honorary Mental Math Challenge will always remain accessible online. You can use those documents. Or you can use 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 the honorary mental math or honorary memory results pages, as a post in this Facebook group or anywhere else you prefer.
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Other pages that aren’t affiliated to the CMSA that you might want to join or follow:
- The “International Association of Memory” Facebook page.
- The “World Memory Championship” Facebook group.
- The “Canadian Cubing” Facebook page.
- The “World Cube Association” Facebook page.
Full results of the 2021 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 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.
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 Beland 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.
Click here and scroll down for the full results, for more “fun facts” about the participants and for a link to a video of young Kaloyan showing off his skills on tv.
The plague might (for now) prevent us from holding any in-person event, but it won’t stop from spreading the gospel of memory techniques in all kinds of ways!
New article on CBC.ca: “A memory expert shares tips for improving your recall abilities”. (Click here instead for a much more complete version of the article) The advice mentioned here are meant to be useful to anyone, including people who aren’t interested in using techniques based on stories or images.
Want to learn how to memorize with more ease, speed and fun? How to solve a Rubik’s cube? How to do extremely fast and impressive mental calculations? How to relatively quickly develop more or less any new skill? Then check out the “Learn and Train section” in the upper part of this page.
Canadian Memory Champion Braden Adams has been busy forming the next generation of terrifying memory athletes!
They are students from Landmark Group in Vancouver. They got great results at the 2019 National Memory Championship and at our Honorary Memory Challenge. And they just keep on improving…
Are you scared yet? You should be…
SCARY UPDATE: In December of 2020, one of those young students from Vancouver took part in the WMSC World Memory Championship and managed to get first place among Junior competitors at 2 different events. One of those is called Spoken Numbers. You have to memorize digits being read aloud one per second, there’s no opportunity to review and points stop being counted after the very first mistake. Mandy Wang managed to perfectly memorize and recall no less than 164 digits! Even more impressive, she also managed to break a Junior world record with random words. 287 words memorized in 15 minutes with near-perfect recall!
Here’s a picture of 13-years-old Mandy Wang attempting to use her new titles to intimidate all her future opponents.
Here are the full results of the 2019 National Memory Championship and of the 2019 National Mental Math Championship!
Congratulations to Braden Adams for his second Canadian Memory Champion title and for his 4 new national memory records!
Click here for the full results of the 2019 National Memory Championship. We suggest that you pay attention not just to the very best results but also to what the participants in the Regular section managed to achieve. Some of those participants knew next to nothing of memory techniques a few weeks before the event. Even without any kind of obvious natural talent, it’s quite amazing how far one can go with some new techniques and just a few hours of practice.
Congratulations to Hua Wei Chan for becoming the new Canadian Mental Math champion and for his 2 new national mental math records!
Thanks to everyone who participated in one way or another! It was an honor. We can’t wait for next year even more ambitious events.
Here’s an awfully done photo montage showing some of the competitors and some of the people involved in our last national events.
- The Vancouver Sun and The Province newspapers just published this great article and video interview about Braden Adams victory.
- The Université de Montréal newspaper Le Forum published this other great article in French about physic teacher Patrick Dufour second place performance, about the art of memory and about a conference that Francis Blondin presented shortly before the championship.
- A few weeks before the championship, Anthony Metivier interviewed Braden Adams for an episode of the Magnetic Memory Podcast.
The 2019 IAM World Memory Championship in Zhuhai, China
Our friends at the International Association of Memory (IAM) held the World Memory Championship in Zhuhai, China. Zhuhai (珠海市: “Pearl Sea City”) is a marvelous coastal city in the South of China, close to Hongkong and Macao. 20 years old Andrea Muzii from Italy is the new World Memory Champion! Full results here.
[Just to be clear, we at the CMSA are big fans and supporters of IAM, but we aren’t an officially affiliated organization. We operate independently using different rules and events.]
Just made this semi-improvised new logo. Not sure if it’s awesome or a little weird or both. What do you think?
Full credits for the images used: upper-right is Florian Dellé of the awesome memory-sports.com website; upper-middle ; upper-right; middle-left; lower-left ; lower-middle. Middle-right and lower-right are too widely used to point to any particular source.
If memory techniques are new to you, check out this completely free and very short 5-day, 20 minutes a day training program that we believe will help you spectacularly improve your ability to remember difficult information.
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.
Les résultats du Championnat québécois de la mémoire 2019 / Official results of the 2019 Quebec Memory Championship
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!
Some fun websites to train the art of memory
In addition to making the effort to turn the names of the people you meet and the difficult words you hear into images, one of the easiest ways to integrate the practice of memory techniques into your life is to go to a training website like Memory League for a short five minutes from time to time instead of going on Facebook. It’s like a video game.
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
- Memory champion Braden Adams on Global News
- On CityNews
- On CTV News
- 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
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.