Results of the 2023 National Memory Championship

The 2023 National Memory Championship happened on Sunday November 19, simultaneously in Montreal and Vancouver. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Congratulations to Braden Adams from Chilliwack, British Columbia, for winning his fourth title of Canadian memory champion! Braden established two new Canadian memory records by memorizing 512 digits in 10 minutes and 326 images in 5 minutes!

Congratulations to 16-year-old Mandy Wang in Vancouver for her outstanding performance and her second place overall! Mandy won the card event with a full deck of cards in just 48 seconds! She’s also the second Canadian to ever manage to memorize more than 400 digits in 10 minutes!

Congratulations to Kevin Matthews from Vancouver, British Columbia, for his great performance and his third place overall!

Congratulations to Kevin Che for his best results in the Regular section and best results among kids!

Thanks a lot to Joaquim Ayala and Rosaly Perreault for their help. And thanks to Serena Wang and the Landmark Memory Sports Training Centre in Vancouver.

Full results

(Explanations about this scoreboard are added below.)

About this scoreboard:

  • The images and names events are the same for everyone. For everything else, the scoring rules and/or conditions are harsher for competitors in the Advanced section.
  • The best score for each event is highlighted in bold.
  • The first number in each box shows the raw official result. The second number after a slash sometimes shows the attempted score. With words, for example, a result of 62/64 means that 64 words were written down and 62 of those were correct. 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. In the regular section, the numbers and cards challenges are completely optional and only the 4 best results are taken into account. When you see +25 or more next to a final score, it means that the participants were awarded some bonus points. That can be done either by obtaining a top 3 result among your peers in a particular discipline; by memorizing at least 60, 100 or 150 digits; 20, 40 or 52 cards; or by breaking a national record.
  • 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.

Here are some of the few pictures that were taken last Sunday:

Braden Adams won the numbers event by correctly memorizing no less than 522 digits in 10 minutes. Everything you see below was recalled perfectly, saved for the first 2 digits of row 14.

And here’s Braden Adams back in 2021, when he was preparing to memorize 70 decks of cards in a single day to raise funds for the British Columbia Alzheimer Society.

And here’s Mandy Wang, back in 2020, after earning first place among Junior participants at a WMSC World Memory Championship event.

The CMSA National Memory Championship will be back next year! We’re hoping to reach a much larger number of participants. Let us know if you’d like to help us or collaborate with us in any way to reach that goal!