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The Brasília Open 2009 will take place on July 18/19, 2009 in Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil. Check out the Brasília Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Shristi Open 2009 will take place on April 7/8, 2009 in Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Check out the Shristi Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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Adam Polkowski won the Polish Nationals 2009 with an average of 13.09 seconds. Piotr Kózka finished second (13.52) and Michal Halczuk finished third (14.00).
World records: Michal Halczuk 6x6x6 2:33.55 (single) 2:39.25 (average), 7x7x7 3:56.06 (single) 4:01.99 (average).
European records: Grzegorz Luczyna Pyraminx 4.50 (average), Grzegorz Prusak Square-1 19.11 (average).

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Jacob Powell won the Austin Spring 2009 with an average of 18.70 seconds. Anthony Searle finished second (18.94) and Casey Pernsteiner finished third (19.28).

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Erik Akkersdijk won the Benelux Open 2009 with an average of 12.63 seconds. Mats Valk finished second (13.53) and Rama Temmink finished third (13.90).
World records: Erik Akkersdijk Rubik's Cube 11.11 (average).
European records: Erik Akkersdijk 6x6x6 3:14.18 (single) 3:30.07 (average), 7x7x7 4:50.96 (single) 5:01.98 (average).

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Timothy Sun won the Beijing Spring Open 2009 with an average of 14.07 seconds. Shenjia Zhang finished second (14.37) and Yunqi Ouyang finished third (16.14).
North American records: Timothy Sun Magic 1.12 (average), 3x3 with feet 1:19.84 (single) 1:34.94 (average).

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The Berkeley Spring competition 2009 will take place on April 25, 2009 in Berkeley, California, USA. Check out the Berkeley Spring competition 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Motor City Open 2009 will take place on April 25, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Check out the Motor City Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The US Nationals 2009 will take place on August 14-16, 2009 in Stanford, California, USA. Check out the US Nationals 2009 website for more information and registration.

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Bernett Orlando won the Indian Open 2009 with an average of 16.25 seconds. Karthik Puthraya finished second (19.28) and Pulkit Bansal finished third (22.20).

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The UPenn Spring 2009 will take place on March 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Check out the UPenn Spring 2009 website for more information and registration.

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Leyan Lo won the EPGY Stanford Winter 2009 with an average of 13.63 seconds. Chris Dzoan finished second (14.23) and Dan Dzoan finished third (14.79).
World records: Michael Gottlieb 7x7 4:16.47 (single) 4:31.26 (average).
North American records: David Shi Magic 1.12 (average).
Australian records: Dene Beardsley 4x4 1:05.47 (single) 1:07.98 (average), 5x5 1:39.43 (single), 7x7 5:05.58 (single) 5:29.82 (average).

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Edouard Chambon won the Montpellier Open 2009 with an average of 13.12 seconds. Alejandro Riveiro finished second (14.80) and Clément Gallet finished third (17.16).

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Hong-Tan Lam won the Norwegian Open 2009 with an average of 13.39 seconds. Henrik Buus Aagaard finished second (16.09) and Kristoffer Absalonsen finished third (18.61).

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Breandan Vallance won the Italian Open 2009 with an average of 13.85 seconds. Bertalan Bodor finished second (14.91) and Norbert Héjja finished third (15.04).

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The Discovery Science Center 2009 will take place on May 16, 2009 in Santa Ana, California, USA. Check out the Discovery Science Center 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Shijiazhuang Open 2009 will take place on March 15, 2009 in Shijiazhuang, China. Check out the Shijiazhuang Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Chattahoochee Spring 2009 will take place on March 21, 2009 in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA. Check out the Chattahoochee Spring 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Drexel Winter 2009 will take place on March 14, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Check out the Drexel Winter 2009 website for more information and registration.

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Gunnar Krig won the Norrköping Open 2009 with an average of 15.68 seconds. Simon Westlund finished second (16.49) and Mattias Claesson finished third (17.06).

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Han-Cyun Chen won the Taiwan Winter Open 2009 with an average of 12.38 seconds. Hsuan Chang finished second (12.63) and Che-Ting Chu finished third (13.46).
World records: Hsuan Chang 5x5 1:13.28 (single) 1:20.91 (average), 7x7 4:49.13 (single) 4:52.57 (average).
Asian records: Han-Cyun Chen 4x4 40.21 (single) 48.74 (average), Tse-Kan Lin 3x3 blindfolded 52.96.

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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).