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Shotaro Makisumi won the Newark Winter 2009 with an average of 12.98 seconds. Dan Cohen finished second (13.02) and Rowe Hessler finished third (13.53).
World records: Dan Cohen 6x6 2:56.34 (single) 3:01.40 (average).
North American records: Dan Cohen 4x4 52.65 (average), 5x5 1:18.33 (single) 1:25.77 (average), David Woner clock 9.00 (single).

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The WCA Regulations 2009 are now final.

See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations for the new version.
See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/regulations_history2009.html for all changes.
See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/regulations2009new.html for the 2009 version with all changes marked.
See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/WCARegulations2009v1.pdf for the 2009 version in PDF.

All competitions starting today (February 6, 2009) must use this new version of the regulations.

Most important changes are:
= Added 6x6x6 Cube and 7x7x7 Cube as official events.
= Preferred format for Rubik's Clock and Square-1 to 'Average of 5'.
= Maximum Time limit for Multiple Blindfolded to 1 hour.

Other changes for competitors:
= Surface may be used for one-handed solving.
= Restriction of specific combinations of events is possible.

Other changes for competition organisers:
= A main judge may compete in an event if the WCA delegate is also the main judge.
= Random positions for 2x2x2 required, based on new scramble program.
= Random positions for Pyraminx required, based on new scramble program.
= Reduced options for closed competitions.
= More remaining time announcements for Fewest Moves event.

Thank you all for your feedback and contributions.
We did our best to cover all your feedback, but it is never possible to make everyone happy.
Feedback is always welcome in the WCA Forum.

Happy cubing,

Ron van Bruchem
World Cube Association

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The Helsinki Open 2009 will take place on March 7, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. Check out the Helsinki Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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Bertalan Bodor won the Galanta Open 2009 with an average of 15.20 seconds. Michal Halczuk finished second (15.28) and János Márton Daróczi finished third (15.40).
World records: Michal Halczuk 5x5 1:21.05 (average).

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Edouard Chambon won the Swiss Open 2009 with an average of 12.99 seconds. Stefan Huber finished second (13.21) and Milán Baticz finished third (14.39).

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The Toronto Open Winter 2009 will take place on March 7, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Check out the Toronto Open Winter 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Fort Lee Winter 2009 will take place on March 7, 2009 in Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA. Check out the Fort Lee Winter 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Moscow Open 2009 will take place on March 8, 2009 in Moscow, Russia. Check out the Moscow Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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Andy Tsao won the San Francisco Open 2009 with an average of 13.41 seconds. Chris Dzoan finished second (13.93) and Dan Dzoan finished third (13.96).
North American records: Arthur Adams Pyraminx 8.36 (average).
Australian records: Dene Beardsley 5x5 1:42.93 (single) 1:51.17 (average), Pyraminx 30.77 (single) 48.04 (average), Minh Duong Magic 1.47 (single) 1.66 (average).

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Kim Jun-Beom won the Korea Cube Championship 2009 with an average of 12.81 seconds. Jo Han-Hyuk finished second (13.01) and Son Seul-Gi finished third (13.56).
Asian records: Lee Seung-Woo 5x5 1:21.28 (single), Nam Yun-Su 2x2 3.64 (average).

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Pedro Santos Guimarães won the São Paulo Open 2009 with an average of 15.89 seconds. Willian Fidêncio finished second (17.48) and Carlos Alberto de Alcântara Jr finished third (18.54).
South American records: Pedro Santos Guimarães Rubik's Cube 11.66 (single) 13.63 (average), 3x3 One-handed 24.33 (average), Megaminx 1:32.84 (single) 1:36.89 (average), Pyraminx 5.84 (single) 8.94 (average), Square-1 20.33 (single) 31.76 (average), 3x3 multiple blindfolded 3/4, Willian Fidêncio 4x4 1:20.34 (single) 1:24.80 (average), Rafael Werneck Cinoto 2x2 7.40 (average), 3x3 with feet 55.05 (single) 1:04.02 (average), Carlos Alberto de Alcântara Jr 3x3 fewest moves 36 (single).

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Mattias Claesson won the Sandö Open 2009 with an average of 16.36 seconds. Grzegorz Luczyna finished second (16.84) and Magnus Claesson finished third (22.97).

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The Västerås Open 2009 will take place on April 25, 2009 in Västerås, Sweden. Check out the Västerås Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Murcia Open 2009 will take place on February 28, 2009 in Puente Tocinos, Spain. Check out the Murcia Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Beijing Spring Open 2009 will take place on February 21, 2009 in Beijing, China. Check out the Beijing Spring Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The EPGY Stanford Winter competition 2009 will take place on February 14, 2009 in Stanford, California, USA. Check out the EPGY Stanford Winter 2009 website for more information and registration.

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Yohei Oka won the Amagasaki Open 2009 with an average of 12.38 seconds. Sinpei Araki finished second (14.00) and Daiki Matsumoto finished third (15.78).
World records: Takumi Yoshida Megaminx 59.33 (single).
Asian records: Takumi Yoshida Megaminx 1:12.31 (average), Ryosuke Mondo Multiple Blindfolded 33 out of 50.

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Piti Pichedpan won the NSM Thailand competition 2009 with an average of 12.43 seconds. Kampanart Yamsual finished second (13.49) and Kittikorn Tangsucharitthum finished third (14.15).

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Erik Akkersdijk won the Aachen Open 2009 with an average of 11.98 seconds. Jimmy Coll finished second (14.07) and Mats Valk finished third (14.17).
World records: Erik Akkersdijk: 4x4 40.05 (single) 47.94 (average).

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The Ohio Open 2009 will take place on March 28/29, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Check out the Ohio Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Indian Open 2009 will take place on February 13/14, 2009 in Kanpur, India. Check out the Indian Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Taiwan Winter Open 2009 will take place on February 8, 2009 in Taipei, Taiwan. Check out the Taiwan Winter Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Galanta Open 2009 will take place on January 31/February 1, 2009 in Galanta, Slovakia. Check out the Galanta Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Norwegian Open 2009 will take place on February 14, 2009 in Trondheim, Norway. Check out the Norwegian Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Korea Cube Championship 2009 will take place on January 18, 2009 in Anyang, Korea. Check out the Korea 2009 website for more information and registration.