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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
Ron van Bruchem
World Cube Association