Announced by Baiqiang Dong (董百强) on

Max Park won the WCA Asian Championship 2018 with an average of 6.58 seconds. Seung Hyuk Nahm (남승혁) finished second (6.65) and Bill Wang finished third (6.98).

World records: Max Park‎ 5x5x5 Cube 42.36 (average), 6x6x6 Cube 1:13.82 (single), 6x6x6 Cube 1:17.10 (average).

Asian records: Makoto Takaoka (高岡誠)‎ Square-1 7.90 (average), Seung Hyuk Nahm (남승혁)‎ 5x5x5 Cube 41.12 (single), 5x5x5 Cube 45.77 (average), Wong Kin Lok (黃健樂)‎ 6x6x6 Cube 1:37.92 (average), Yi-Fan Wu (吳亦凡)‎ 6x6x6 Cube 1:28.72 (single).

Oceanian records: Feliks Zemdegs‎ 7x7x7 Cube 1:54.54 (single), 7x7x7 Cube 2:02.31 (average), Jack Cai‎ 3x3x3 Blindfolded 19.20 (single), Tomoya Firman‎ 3x3x3 Multi-Blind 25/27 54:50 (single).

Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Walker Welch will become the new Leader of the WCA Ethics Committee (WEC). Walker was already working as a member of the WEC.

Walker was selected by the WCA Board and approved in a voting among the current Committee/Team Leaders and Senior Delegates, following Section 4 of our Motion 10.2017.0 about WCA Committees and Teams.

We wish Walker the best of luck in fulfilling his new duties!

The new Leader will be promoted immediately. Walker Welch was one among five applicants for the position and all candidacy documents can be found here for anyone interested in viewing them.

List of the other candidates who applied:
- Joseph Blas
- Abhijeet Ghodgaonkar
- Callum Goodyear
- Chris Krueger

Announced by Sébastien Auroux on

Mats Valk won the WCA European Championship 2018 with an average of 7.24 seconds. Sebastian Weyer finished second (7.36) and Philipp Weyer finished third (7.37).

World records: Daniel Rose-Levine‎ 3x3x3 With Feet 22.22 (average), Juan Pablo Huanqui‎ Megaminx 29.49 (single).

European records: Amos Nordman‎ Megaminx 36.09 (average), Ciarán Beahan‎ 6x6x6 Cube 1:32.71 (average), Ádám Barta‎ 3x3x3 Blindfolded 24.06 (average).

South American records: Juan Pablo Huanqui‎ Megaminx 34.25 (average), Megaminx 33.55 (average), Pedro Alejandro Condo Tellez‎ 4x4x4 Cube 28.81 (average), 4x4x4 Cube 28.69 (average), 5x5x5 Cube 44.81 (single), 5x5x5 Cube 42.40 (single), 6x6x6 Cube 1:32.36 (single), 6x6x6 Cube 1:40.81 (average).

Announced by Thaynara Santana de Oliveira on

The application period for WCA World Championship 2019 has ended. Thank you to everyone who submitted their application documents! Here are the list of the cities that applied:

Beijing or Guangzhou, China
Brest, Belarus
Melbourne, Australia

The selection team will be the Board members: Olivér Perge (process leader), Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol, and Bob Burton.

The selection process will consist of individual evaluations of the applications, interviews with the applicants, and finally a vote by the selection team. The goal is to come to an agreement about the winning applicant, so that we can proceed with confidence that the competition will be successful and a positive experience for all who attend.

Once the selection is finalized, another announcement will be made before the end of August.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The successful passing of the recent amendments to the Motions has established the WCA Marketing Team that is in need of a leader. The WCA Marketing Team (WMT) is an Advisory Committee of the WCA which is responsible for developing and managing the WCA Brand, seeking sponsorships, supporting the distribution of WCA Competition Gear, and marketing WCA Merchandise.

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Announced by Lucas Garron on

When TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 was released last week, we announced that TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 would briefly remain an officially permitted version. Since a week has passed, TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 is now officially retired, leaving TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 as the only official scramble program.

Please see last week's TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 announcement for details.

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Lucas Garron on

TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 is now available from https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/
The following changes have been made since TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3:

  • Multiple Blindfolded rounds are no longer generated with a default number of puzzles. The person generating scrambles for a competition will have to pick a sufficiently high number based on expected competitors.
  • TNoodle no longer generates extra scrambles for Fewest Moves in the JSON data for the scrambles.
  • The Fewest Moves sheet translation for Korean has been updated.
  • Event names on the legacy scramble UI now match the Regulations.
  • A "scramble group" is now called a "scramble set", to avoid confusion with competitor groups.
  • A broken favicon link in the new UI has been fixed.

Upcoming competitions should use TNoodle-WCA-0.13.4 to generate new scrambles, when possible.
However, since there are no changes that directly affect competitors since the previous version, TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 will briefly remain an officially permitted version. (Competition scrambles for the coming week that have already been generated using TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 can still be used.)

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Ethics Committee Leader, as Hippolyte Moreau recently stepped down as the Leader of the WCA Ethics Committee. We thank Hippolyte for his work getting the WEC established in the past months.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We hereby announce that as of June 30, 2018, the WCA Board of Directors is reduced to three members. Luis J. Iáñez’s term has officially ended, and Pedro Santos Guimarães and Ron van Bruchem stepped down from their positions as Board members.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that we have a new Committee Leader. Chris Wright will replace Chris Hardwick as the Leader of the WCA Financial Committee (WFC), and thus as the WCA Treasurer. Chris Wright was already working as a member of the WFC, and will step down as a member of the WCA Ethics Committee.

Chris Wright was selected by the WCA Board and approved in a voting among the current Committee/Team Leaders and Senior Delegates, following Section 4 of our Motion 10.2017.0 about WCA Committees and Teams.

We thank Chris Hardwick for the great work he has done for the WCA, and wish Chris Wright the best of luck in fulfilling his new duties.

The new Leader will be promoted immediately. Chris Wright was the only applicant, and his candidacy document can be found here if you are interested in viewing it.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCT is seeking a new member to help with graphics design for social media posts and other projects!

The application is open to all WCA members. You do not have to hold a current position to be considered. This position is directed to those with graphic design experience and duties once on the team will mainly focus on that type of work.

What does the WCT do?
- Answers daily inquires to the WCA through emails and the contact page on the WCA website.
- Manages official WCA social media platforms through frequent & engaging posts
- Works with other WCA leaders to improve the WCA website and communications to the community
- The rights and duties of WCT from our By-laws can be found here.

Workflow Outline
- Social media posts are planned at least 1 week in advance and are posted when members are available.
- Internal emails regarding other WCT projects are answered within 48 hours and other work may come from those projects that take various amounts of time.
- Time commitment per week is between 4-10 hours.
- Must be familiar with Adobe Illustrator, GIMP, or equivalent programs

Characteristics we are looking for
- Creativity: We always need ideas of new social media series or unique ways to expand to other platforms. You will be required to think about this and suggest ideas when you can. With your graphic design experience, you will help us with designing visually compelling posts.
- Social media knowledge: You should be familiar with many social media platforms and their basic functions. While you may not have used them personally, you will have to post to them as the WCA and should know what type of content goes on each.
- Fluent English: Our posts on most social media platforms are in English and we answer most emails in English. We do welcome those that are fluent in other languages alongside English.
- Communication skills: You will be responsible for designing social media posts that are appropriate and convey the mission of the WCA.
- Patience: You should keep friendly communications within our email and social media interactions.

To apply, please include:
- A brief personal introduction
- Your involvement with the WCA
- Your motivation for applying to the WCT
- 2-3 designs that you have created to highlight your design style
- An example design for a WCA posting about the first competition in a new country

Please send the application in PDF format to lmclement55@gmail.com from now until June 3, 2018, 23:59 UTC to be considered.

There may be an additional interview requested of candidates with the leader following application submission. The week after the application period, the team will make a selection and the new member(s) will be announced once candidates have accepted the positions.

Thank you for your candidacies and support!

Announced by Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol on

The WCA South American Championship 2018 will take place on December 15 - 16, 2018 in Poá, SP, Brazil. Check out the WCA South American Championship 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The WCA Board of Directors are accepting applications for WCA World Championship 2019.

Please discuss with the Delegates in your country whether this is something you are willing and able to pursue. Bear in mind that organizing a competition of this size takes a significant amount of time and effort before and during the competition.

If you are interested, send your application documents privately to albertopdrf.wca@gmail.com before 23:59 UTC of July 15th, 2018. Documents must be sent in PDF format in two versions: one full version with all the details for the application, and another version with sensitive details - if any - removed to make public.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

There will be an appointment of a new WCA Committee Leader. Chris Hardwick is stepping down as the Leader of the WCA Financial Committee, and thus as the WCA Treasurer.

Chris has done a great work as the Leader of the WFC and as the Treasurer of the WCA, and we thank him for all his hard work and dedication all this time, as well as wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

Candidates are expected to fulfill their terms (24 months) and to spend at least 6 hours per week on average to work for the Committee.
The qualities expected of candidates are:
- Basic knowledge of the structure and workflow inside the WCA.
- Experience on financial matters, especially bookkeeping and tax filing.
- Proficiency in English.
- A reasonable daily availability to deploy the duties.
- Team management capabilities.

The application period is opened for candidates to submit their candidacy documents until May 8th, 2018, 23:59 UTC privately to the WCA Board (board@worldcubeassociation.org)

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Announced by Sébastien Auroux on

Martin Fronescu won the U.R.A. Spring of Colors 2018 with an average of 8.68 seconds. Sorin Turculeț finished second (10.53) and János Bereczki finished third (10.78).

Announced by Bob Burton on

The WCA Asian Championship 2018 will take place on August 17 - 19, 2018 in Taipei, Taiwan. Check out the WCA Asian Championship 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Lauren Clement on

We are happy to announce that South American Championship will be held in the city of Poá-São Paulo, Brazil on December 15-16!

Applications were received from Poá-SP and for an idea to hold the championship across multiple cities in South America. Both described the details for hosting the competition in their own unique ways and had a lot of thought put into them. In the end, Poá-São Paulo was chosen as the host city.

Both applications can be found here.

Thank you to those who put together both applications for their time and effort in planning for this competition! It is exciting to see enthusiasm for our larger competitions from those who take the time to apply to host them and their planning is appreciated.

We look forward to another South American Championship in December and hope you can join us!

Announced by Philippe Virouleau on

TNoodle-WCA-0.13.3 is now available from https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/
The following changes have been made since TNoodle 0.12.0:

This new release fixes a serious bug occurring in specific browsers with TNoodle 0.13.1, where the generated zip file would miss its extension.
It fixes another serious bug in TNoodle 0.13.2 and TNoodle 0.13.1 where the rounds ids were wrongly generated in the scrambles json file, making it impossible to use in the Workbook Assistant.

Appologies for any inconvenience these multiple TNoodle releases may have caused.

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Philippe Virouleau on

TNoodle-WCA-0.13.2 is now available from https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/
The following changes have been made since TNoodle 0.12.0:

This new release fixes a bug occurring in specific browsers with TNoodle 0.13.1, where the generated zip file would miss its extension.
Both TNoodle 0.13.2 and TNoodle 0.13.1 are current versions of the scramble program, and either can be used to generate scrambles for a competition.

Please remember that official competitions must use a current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Philippe Virouleau on

TNoodle-WCA-0.13.1 is now available from https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/
The following changes have been made since TNoodle 0.12.0:

Please remember that official competitions must use the current version of the official scramble program. This is always available from:
https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/scrambles/

Announced by Lauren Clement on

The application deadline has been extended for the following committees/teams:
WCA Disciplinary Committee (WDC)
WCA Communication Team (WCT)
WCA Ethics Committee (WEC)
WCA Financial Committee (WFC)

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

Dear WCA Community,

With 2017 coming to a close, we wanted to use this opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the New Year! We have experienced great developments in 2017 that we would like to share with you.

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Announced by Lauren Clement on

The following WCA teams/committees are seeking new members to help them with their missions!
WCA Disciplinary Committee (WDC)
WCA Communication Team (WCT)
WCA Ethics Committee (WEC)
WCA Quality Assurance Committee (WQAC)
WCA Software Team (WST)
WCA Financial Committee (WFC)

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Announced by Laura Ohrndorf on

Dear WCA Community,

The WRC would like to inform you about the new version of the regulations, which is going into effect January 1, 2018.

You can review all changes in this comparison on GitHub. If you do not want to open all the individual changes, you can click on “Files changed” to see the complete files of the regulation and guidelines. All changes and additions are marked green and removals are red.

Most important changes for competitors:

  • Puzzles with logos are not allowed to be used in blindfolded events (commit | no public discussion)
  • The format of “3x3x3 With Feet” is changed to “Average of 5”. The WRC and WCA Board will review how the format change influences the popularity of the event and decide about the future of the event after an internally determined period of time. (commit | discussion)
  • The result recording procedure has been revised: Judges must sign right after recording the result. Competitors have to check the result and sign after the judge has recorded the result and signed. The competitor is ultimately responsible for ensuring that they and the judge have signed an attempt. (commit | discussion)
  • Electronic headphones and earbuds must not be used during an attempt, even if they are switched off or disconnected (commit | no public discussion)
  • Competitors are now allowed to use their hands during inspection in 3x3x3 With Feet (commit | discussion)
  • Attempts done with illegal puzzles will be disqualified (DNF). Exception: If a puzzle is found to be not permitted during a round, earlier results may be replaced with an extra attempt, at the discretion of the WCA Delegate (commit | no public discussion)

Other important changes:

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Announced by Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol on

Dear Community,

We are happy to announce that we have four new Committee/Team Leaders.

Hippolyte Moreau will lead the new WCA Ethics Committee (WEC) and Gregor Billing will lead the new WCA Quality Assurance Committee (WQAC).

Lauren Clement will replace Linus Frész as the leader of WCA Communication Team (WCT) and Lorenzo Vigani Poli will replace Daniel Sheppard as the leader of the WCA Disciplinary Committee (WDC). Both Lauren and Lorenzo were already working as a member of their respective committees.

In total we received 17 applications for the 4 positions. We appreciated the high turnout and the quality of the applications.

All new leaders were selected by the Board and approved in a voting among the current Committee Leaders and Senior Delegates, following our Motion about WCA Committees and Teams.

We thank Linus and Daniel for the great work they have done for the WCA, and wish the new leaders best of luck in fulfilling their new duties.

The new Leaders will be promoted immediately. The candidacy documents of those applicants willing to make them public can be found here if you are interested in viewing them.

Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol,
on behalf of the WCA Board of Directors

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