|1st National Open on Memory Sport|
(Philippine Friendly Memory Sports 2013)
As I mentioned in my last post, I am going to write a review of what transpired during the First National Open on Memory Sports or also known as The Philippine Friendly Memory Sports 2013. And here it is. As you all know, the event happened last May 25, 2013, being that I lacked the foresight of writing a review of the said event, I didn't have any notes during the day of the competition. That is why I’ll be going through this from what I can recall from my memory of the event, something that may or may not be entirely accurate. So, without further ado, here is my not so precise account of what transpired in the First National Open on Memory Sports (Or as the Official Stat Site would have it, The Philippine Friendly Memory Sports.)
To join or not to join?
It was quite a surprise to me when they announced this event with almost less than a month ahead of the said date. Being that I like to fancy myself preparing a bit longer than a month before heading into any tournament and that I've also been focusing my attention to my memory workshops leading into the event, I had initially brushed off the idea of participating in it. I was even doubtful that it will push through given the time frame and what not. So I went along doing my thing until I came across an old colleague at the Gateway Mall in Cubao, who was apparently on his way to do an ocular inspection at venue hall. He confirmed to me that indeed, there will be a local memory tournament, and that it will be televised. He also said that there’ll be cash prizes and a possible trip to the First Hong Kong Open Memory Championship for the top three winners! That last bit caught my attention but I had to curb my enthusiasm at that moment. Knowing him, he has the proclivity to hype things up a bit.
But several sources told me about the same thing. That it will be an opportunity to determine the country’s best Memory Athletes and will determine which athlete will receive possible support in coming international events. Hoping that it will be more than just empty promises, I end up joining.
Start of a long day.
|Opening ceremonies. Photo by: CGJr.|
|Events for the day... Hour cards, Hour Number, |
and 30 Minute Binary. Yay! Photo by: CGJr.
|Mr. Axelyancy Tabernilla enjoying some DVD collection.|
Photo by: CGJr
|Anytime anyone asks why I messed up memorizing, |
I'd say "I got distracted!" Photo by: CGJr
And so it begins…
The National Open Memory Sports followed the national standards events by the WMSC, it is just too bad that they weren't able to get an official arbiter to oversee the whole thing. It would have been nice if the results were reflected at the World Rankings, and as you’ll see later, a couple of titles were lost because of this. Anyways...
|Your one minute of mental preparation, starts now! |
Photo by: CGJr.
|Ms. AB Bonita doing a live demo of her |
names and faces prowess for Matanglawin.
The next event is the 15 minute numbers, which was won by Mark with 540 digits. It was his personal best and it landed him at 13th in the world at this event. Like with many of my competition, I manage to mess things up by attempting to memorize more than I could even handle in practice, which ultimately costs me some valuable points. I think I tried for 600 in this one and my recall was good enough for only 370 digits that landed me on to third place, behind Erwin.
|The Abstract Kid. Photo by: CGJr.|
Finishing the first half of the competition is the Historic Dates. Here is another event that I thought I should do well but my effort wasn't enough as Erwin did way more than Mark and me. At this point, if I'm not mistaken, it was around 4 pm already. And the whole program was scheduled to end at 5:30 pm.
To be continued..
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