Francis Blondin wins the 2017 Quebec Memory Championship
July 22, 2017 Montreal- One minute and 21 second is all it took Francis to memorize a fully shuffled deck of cards, congratulations!
Ezekiel Julian, a very promising young man managed to memorize a deck even faster but failed to recall the deck within the time allowed.
This was Quebec’s first Championships on their own. They had 4 memory disciplines. 4 contestants disputed the title.
The Canadian Champion at Names and Faces, Valérie Grenon easily won Names and Faces.
Congratulations to all the participants!
The 2017 Ontario Memory Championship
Toronto– June 25/2017 Metro Hall- Congratulations to Eric Yucong Li for winning the event and the title of 2017 Ontario Memory Champion. With the favorites unable to make it to the competition, Eric showed that perseverance does pay off. His time of 2 minutes 19 seconds is more than twice as fast as his former best competitive score achieved in the 2015 CMC. His victory was not as easy as the scores may suggest, with Jeremy managing a faster time on the first attempt but he was unable to reconstruct the deck perfectly. Howsikan Kugathasan finished in second place with 24 cards at each of his attempts after starting training with memory techniques less than 2 months ago! Congratulations to all participants.
2017 Ontario Kid’s Section
Mississauga- Six kids competed on Thursday June 8 for the title of 2017 Ontario Kid Memory Champion at Tomken Road Middle School, 3200 Tomken Rd, (Library).
According to Jeremy Valenciuk, the awesome teacher who made this competition possible, all went really well. The students had worked really hard all year and were extremely enthusiastic for the event.
Ryan Shrestha successfully memorized 15 cards at his second attempt to win the title and set the new memory record for the Kid’s Section in Ontario. Congratulations to all the students for their courage in participating in this demanding challenge!
Also a big thank to the many volunteers: Nicole D’Alessandro, John Lam, Katherine Arbuthnot and especially Jeremy Valenciuk who made this event possible.
Congratulations to David Russell for winning the first ever Manitoba Memory Championship!
Winnipeg– May 30/2017. As of today, we have our first ever memory champion for Manitoba, David Russell. He established the first memory record of Manitoba by memorizing 21 Cards correctly in 5 minutes! David brings much enthusiasm to our sport and worked hard on his PAO system to succeed in setting this first memory record for Manitoba! He hopes that his participation will encourage others in Manitoba to participate. Congratulation David!
David’s team of volunteer Arbiters. Thank you!
Congratulations to Jim Gerwing for winning the 2017 Alberta Memory Championship!
Darren Michalczuk, the silver medal winner at the 2016 Canadian Memory Championships, was in hospital the day of his planned attempt. He didn’t let the fact that his official arbiters couldn’t be present to go ahead with his attempt in front of his wife and daughter. His results? Two perfect decks, 1:46 min. and the second in 1:14 min. Too bad his official arbiters weren’t there. His two attempts cannot be recognized officially by the Canadian Memory Championships. The good news is that his health is getting better.
Congratulations to Braden Adams for Winning the 2017 BC Memory Championship!
Vancouver- Braden Adams successfully defended his title for the second year in a row against a couple of challengers with a new British Columbia Provincial record at Speed Cards recalling perfectly a shuffled deck of cards memorized in just 1 minute and 58 seconds. Awesome! One of the best time ever in the history of the Provincial Memory Championships. Congratulations to all the participants!
Les Resultats du Championnat provincial du Québec 2016
Merci a Francis Blondin Gravel pour ce rapport du Championnat de mémoire du Québec 2016:
Le samedi 16 Juillet 2016- Montréal – Les résultats de la compétition
– Monsieur Frédéric Leclair a clairement le potentiel de tous nous battre, mais égaler ses records personnels sous pression n’est pas chose facile et il a dû se contenter d’une 4e place.
– Monsieur Micaël Boulet a fait une solide 3e place avec 80 mots en 15 minutes (3 erreurs plus 3 fautes ramènent le score à 47), 80 décimales en 5 minutes (score de 70 à cause d’une erreur) et un jeu de cartes en 3 minutes et 43,77 secondes.
– Monsieur Reuben Hosler a fait 60 mots, 130 décimales et un jeu de cartes en 1 minute et 25,44 secondes. Aucune erreur. Il aurait gagné si on comptait les points de la même façon qu’au “World Memory Championships”.
– Je me suis sauvé in extremis avec la victoire avec 76 mots (116 mots mémorisés avec plusieurs erreurs), 140 décimales et un jeu de cartes en 2 minutes 38.10 secondes.
Thanks to Francis for the above report: Here is a summary:
The winner and the new 2016 Quebec Memory Champion is Francis Blondin Gravel with a Speed Card time of 2 min and 38 seconds. Congratulations. A big thank to Olga Plakhova and Guillaume Boutin for volunteering as arbiters.
New 2016 Ontario Memory Champion!
Toronto– At Metro Hall on Saturday, June 11th Mike Rodin took the title of 2016 Ontario Memory Champion by memorizing perfectly a deck of cards in 2:08 seconds edging the 2015 Canadian Memory Champion Greg Sutherland who had a perfect deck also in 2:37 seconds. Both these results are among the top 5 ever achieved in the the Provincial Memory Championships, nation wide. Alex Chan and Dilyan Maleshkov also participated in this event. Congratulations to all the contestants.
The results for the 2016 Alberta Provincial Memory Championships are now in!
West Lock, Alberta– In the Kid Section, Elijah Jersh and Victoria Brett tied with 21 cards each and so they will share this year’s title of Kid Memory Champion of Alberta. To earn this title they have equaled the Adult Speed Cards Record for Alberta set out last year by Damien Michaud.
With 17 contestants, this competition was the largest memory competition on record for the Canadian Memory Championships. A big thank goes to teacher Darren Michalczuk for showing this new sport to his students and for introducing them to the memory techniques.
“It was a great experience…” said Darren, who added, “All of the kids tried hard, and I am super proud of how they [his students] progressed.” The venue, a noisy library, along with an announcement made during the memorization period, ensured that the kids performed somewhat below their current skill level.
Sherwood Park, Alberta– In the Adult Section, Jim Gerwing not only equaled the Alberta Provincial Record at Speed Cards, he smashed it not once but twice, setting the new Speed Cards Record higher for Alberta at 34 Cards. His claim to the title of 2016 Alberta Provincial Memory Champion is not only well deserved but also unchallenged. Jim made his new Provincial Memory Record at the Strathcona Public Library. Congratulations!
Results- 2016 British Columbia Memory Championships
The closest results ever in the Provincial Memory Championships. Two contestants now share the new BC Speed Cards Record.
Braden Adams of Chilliwack, BC, surpassed Erik McNeill-Buettner of Vancouver, BC, by one card with his other memorization attempt to take the 2016 British Columbia Memory Champion title.
Both Erik and Braden now share the Speed Cards record for British Columbia with a time of 4 min 50 seconds. Congratulations to all participants, in this biggest BC memory competition on record, involving two cities.
Le défi du Championnat de mémoire du Québec produit des résultats impressionnants/
The Quebec Memory Championship battle produces impressive results
Montréal– Le 18 Juillet 2015 – Reuben Hosler a gagné le titre de Champion Mémoire du Québec avec un temps de 3 min. 13 sec., suivi par Micael Boulet, avec 4 min. 34 sec., et Francis Blondin avec 16 cartes. Tous ces exploits de mémoire seront ajoutés aux 10 meilleurs scores des Championnats provinciaux de la mémoire. Félicitations!
Avec 3 athlètes de mémoire et 2 arbitres, ce fut notre 2ème plus gros Championnat provincial de mémoire à ce jour. Un gros merci a tous les participants et en particulier a Micael Boulet pour son initiative à organiser cette rencontre.
Montreal– July 18/2015 – Reuben Hosler earned the Quebec Memory Champion title with a time of 3 min. 13 sec., followed by Micael Boulet, with 4 min. 34 sec., and Francis Blondin with 16 Cards. All these feats of memory will be added to the top 10 Provincial Memory Championships scores. Congratulations!
With 3 memory athletes competing and 2 arbiters, this was our 2nd largest ever Provincial Memory Championships to date.
A big thank to all the participants and especially to Micael Boulet for his initiative in organizing this event.
New Provincial Memory Record at Speed Cards: Matthew Kazakov raises the bar with a time of 1:18 seconds
Toronto– June 27 Matthew Kazakov, who finished 3rd earlier this month at the Canadian Memory Championships, memorized flawlessly two decks or cards, one in 1:35 seconds and the next one in 1:18 seconds. Eric Li was the runner up with 44 cards memorized. Congratulations! With 4 memory athletes competing and 2 arbiters, this was our largest Provincial Memory Championships so far.
Damien Michaud memorized 21 cards to gain the Alberta Memory Championship Title March 14, 2015
Cold Lake– Damien Michaud, who finished 2nd last year at the Canadian Memory Championships, easily earned the title of 2015 Alberta Memory Champion. He set a new memory record at Speed Cards for Alberta. Damien achieved this at the Cold Lake Library before two qualified arbiters. Congratulations!
British Columbia 2015,
Drewe MacIver keeps his title of British Columbia Memory Champion
February 28, 2015
Vancouver- For a second year in a row, Drewe MacIver earned the title of Provincial Memory Champion of British Columbia. The competition was fierce as both the challenger and the reigning champion smashed last year BC Record of 3 memorized cards! The new BC Record at Speed Cards now stands at 23 cards.
An account of the competition by the Challenger Joaquin,
“I learned more that day regarding memorizing than in the months
previous in terms of preparation. Unfortunately I had never
practiced this with anyone, much less three people, staring at me, as
it didn’t occur to me that it would make much of a difference. For
whatever reason, lack of sleep, nerves, or being weirded out by the
onlookers, I couldn’t get into “the zone”, what psychologists call
“flow”, the same feeling musicians get sometimes when things are going
well and the instrument disappears. I decided I should play it safe
and just do half a deck. So with my heart racing I plugged away till
26, but I had more images in my head than cards. When it came time
to reorganize the reference deck I felt a bit better, but still
shaken. On checking I made a mistake at the 8th card, 5 of diamonds
instead of 5 of hearts. Idiot! Drewe managed 24 cards before missing
a face card for a 7. I took a break and walked around, trying to calm
down, but my mind was racing; a bad sign, going fast is all about
slowing down and flow. I decided I was going to do the full 52 cards
for the second run and to hell with it. I stomped back into the room
and we started again. I raced through the cards and at the 4 minute
mark only had 4 cards to do. I started at the beginning again to
recheck everything slowly and went through the mind palace to
discover, to my horror, that I had encoded the 10th card wrong. It
was supposed to be a 6 of spades and there looking at me was a 6 of
clubs. Impossible! I must have transposed it, and swapped the 10th
card with the 28th. Or then again perhaps I missed a card entirely,
in which case everything was off by one. Time! No time to change
it. On checking it, it appears my first impression was correct, I
transposed a card when memorizing it. Drewe was curious this time to
see how many more I got after the error. Academic and irrelevant, but
yes, I accurately memorized 50 cards of the 52 and got a score of 9.
What is interesting is that I keep making the same type of error: I
invariable get the number correct, and even the colour (red or black)
but mess up on the shape. I suspect if I can get my emotions in check
I probably won’t have this problem with shape dyslexia: it appears I
am accurately memorizing the wrong card. I need to learn to first see
it accurately while under stress. Like I said, a very valuable
learning experience, and I will now be recruiting my friends and
family to start watching me do practice runs, and start practicing in
bars and near highways to maximize adverse conditions. One thing is
memorizing cards in my office, wearing comfy slippers and sipping tea.
Another is actually doing it in competition.
In terms of publishing the results, I could care less. I would think
it probably best if you keep to your usual practice, as the only
slightly embarrassing detail to this whole enterprise is that there
are only two people turning up for this event in BC. I have talked to
some of my friends and they have a mild curiosity, but not sure if
they will take up the challenge and start training. I suspect they
still see it as a carnival freak show activity and don’t realize the
health benefits associated with it.”
Montreal Resident becomes the first Quebec Memory Champion
July 22, 2014
Dorval- Quebecer Kevin Kwateng earned the title of 2014 Quebec Memory Champion this month. After registering for this event and after being informed that no one else in Quebec wanted to compete for this title, Kevin decided to just accept his new title of Quebec Memory Champion while wondering if he would have to work harder to keep his title next year.
Toronto Resident becomes the first Provincial Memory Champion of Ontario
June 23, 2014
Toronto- Melanie Niu, the current Open Canadian Memory Champion, became the first Provincial Memory Champion of Ontario on June 21 2014 by achieving the top score at Speed Cards of all registered memory competitors in Ontario. Inside a quiet library meeting room and in front of an experienced arbiter and others, Melanie memorized her first pack of cards in 3 minutes and 42 seconds. Congratulations!
2014 Canadian Memory Championships
Calgary Resident becomes the first Provincial Memory Champion of Alberta
April 1, 2014
Calgary- Neil Whaley became the first Provincial Memory Champion of Alberta on March 31 by achieving the top score at Speed Cards of all registered memory competitors in Alberta. Neil competed in front of three qualified arbiters in an indoor park in Calgary. Congratulations!
Vancouver Resident becomes the first Provincial Memory Champion of British Columbia
February 25, 2014
Vancouver- Drewe MacIver became the first Provincial Memory Champion of British Columbia last Sunday by achieving the top score at Speed Cards of all memory competitors of British Columbia. Drewe achieved his score while competing in front of three qualified arbiters in the lobby of his apartment building. Congratulations!
November 27, 2013
Provincial Memory Championships 2014: The Canadian Memory Championships expands across Canada
Toronto— Participate in your own province’s provincial memory Championships! The Canadian Memory Championships has begun organizing Provincial Memory Championships to allow everyone across Canada to participate in a recognized memory competition. The memory competitions will apply uniformed qualifying standards and with contestants able to host nationally recognized championships in their respected Provinces or Territories.
The Provincial Memory Championships consist of one memory test: Speed Cards.
The first Provincial Memory Championship of 2014 will take place this January. Registration for this monthly competition will begin December 1, 2013. In January, this competition is for residents of the Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
In order to participate in the Provincial Memory Contest, a contestant needs to qualify 3 persons to act as the contestant’s judges and to hold the event in any publicly accessible venue.
The second Provincial Memory Championship of 2014 will be held in February in British Columbia. This competition is for residents of British Columbia. Registration for this event begins January 1, 2014.
Kids and junior levels are also welcome to participate in any of these competitions!
For more information please consult the arbiter’s guidelines which will be provided upon request. Guidelines will also be posted shortly on the CMC website. [Edit January 20/2014, The Arbiter’s Check List will serve as guidelines for this competition and is now available for downloading in the resource page.]
For further details email: [email protected]