Announced by Luis J. Iáñez on

The Iloilo Speedcubing Open 2017 will take place on December 30, 2017 in Iloilo City, Philippines. Check out the Iloilo Speedcubing Open 2017 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Pedro Santos Guimarães on

Martin Fronescu won the Craiova Rubik Open 2017 with an average of 9.51 seconds. Mihnea Andrei Panţu finished second (11.06) and Haluk Ulkusal finished third (11.58).

Announced by Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol on

The Kyrgyzstan Open 2017 will take place on December 26, 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Check out the Kyrgyzstan Open 2017 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Jorge Leonardo Sánchez Salazar won the Return Open 2017 with an average of 8.48 seconds. Maximiliano Rojas Zaputovich finished second (9.37) and Alexis Rodrigo Cazu Mendoza finished third (10.34).

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Agustin do Campo won the Pando Spring 2017 with an average of 10.15 seconds. Marcos Masini finished second (11.18) and Agustín Diano finished third (11.67).

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Leo Borromeo won the Bacolod Big Cubes Open 2017 with an average of 7.61 seconds. Jay Benedict Alfaras finished second (8.55) and Ace Djun T. Aguirre Jr. finished third (10.45).

Announced by Luis J. Iáñez on

The I Mineirim Open 2018 will take place on March 10 - 11, 2018 in Itajubá - MG, Brazil. Check out the I Mineirim Open 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Bob Burton on

The AZCubing Hamilton Winter 2018 will take place on January 13, 2018 in Chandler, Arizona, United States. Check out the AZCubing Hamilton Winter 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Luis J. Iáñez on

The Kharkiv Winter 2017 will take place on December 23 - 24, 2017 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Check out the Kharkiv Winter 2017 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Luis J. Iáñez on

The Cube Weekend St. Michielsgestel 2018 will take place on March 23 - 25, 2018 in St. Michielsgestel, Netherlands. Check out the Cube Weekend St. Michielsgestel 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol on

The Bangladesh Cubing Fiesta 2017 will take place on December 23, 2017 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Check out the Bangladesh Cubing Fiesta 2017 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Alberto Pérez de Rada Fiol on

The Sydney Championship 2017 will take place on December 16 - 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Check out the Sydney Championship 2017 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Luis J. Iáñez on

The Singapore Cube Championship 2018 will take place on February 24 - 25, 2018 in Singapore, Singapore. Check out the Singapore Cube Championship 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Bob Burton on

The Bogor Open 2018 will take place on January 13 - 14, 2018 in Bogor, Jawa Barat, Indonesia. Check out the Bogor Open 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Bob Burton on

The Lower Moreland Spring 2018 will take place on May 12, 2018 in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, United States. Check out the Lower Moreland Spring 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Bob Burton on

The Utah Winter Open 2018 will take place on January 27, 2018 in Herriman, Utah, United States. Check out the Utah Winter Open 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Jeff Park won the Longhorn Cube Day 2017 with an average of 8.74 seconds. Shonathon Collins finished second (9.31) and Riley Woo finished third (9.37).

World records: Angelo Zhang 3x3x3 Blindfolded 22.36 (average).

North American records: Max Hilliard 3x3x3 Blindfolded 18.73 (single), Neel Gore 4x4x4 Blindfolded 2:07.61 (single).

Announced by Pedro Santos Guimarães on

The Peterborough Open 2018 will take place on June 30 - July 1, 2018 in Peterborough, United Kingdom. Check out the Peterborough Open 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Pedro Santos Guimarães on

The Durgesha Open 1.0 2017 will take place on December 23, 2017 in Goa, India. Check out the Durgesha Open 1.0 2017 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Francisco Hamlin won the Bahrain Open 2017 with an average of 10.50 seconds. Fawaz Taha finished second (14.46) and Omar Rayyan finished third (16.39).

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Oleg Martynov won the Ural Autumn 2017 with an average of 11.31 seconds. Semyon Terskov finished second (11.36) and Chingizkhan Mukhametdinov finished third (13.42).

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Bo Wang (王擘) won the Jinan Open 2017 with an average of 8.80 seconds. Zihan Zhang (张子涵) finished second (9.59) and Xiaobin Rui (芮晓彬) finished third (9.61).

Announced by Jacob Ambrose on

Max Park won the Berkeley Fall 2017 with an average of 6.41 seconds. Christopher Yen finished second (8.47) and Will Newhoff finished third (8.52).

Announced by Luis J. Iáñez on

The Thanks Four The Invite 2018 will take place on January 13, 2018 in San Diego, California, United States. Check out the Thanks Four The Invite 2018 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Laura Ohrndorf on

Dear WCA Community,

At Longhorn Cube Day 2017 a competitor [under 18 years old] used an invalid puzzle with an overlay sticker during the third round of 3x3x3 Blindfolded. This incident has generated special attention as it affects a single result of 17.35 seconds, which would be the new 3x3x3 Blindfolded World Record.

The WCA Regulations require that puzzles must be approved by a WCA Delegate. Unfortunately, this was not done before the round, so the delegates of the competition decided to grant the competitor provisional extra attempts for this round. The WRC has now decided that the provisional extra attempts should replace the original attempts. The results will be changed from DNF, DNF, 17.35 to 29.40, 21.78, DNF.

We are very sorry for the competitor. However, we would like to remind that the WCA Regulations require every competitor to be familiar with the Regulations and to only provide puzzles that comply with all Regulations. As the Regulations were broken in the original attempts and there are valid replacement attempts, we believe this is the correct decision. This decision is also consistent with several precedents at other competitions and it would be unfair to treat this incident differently only because it involves a potential record-breaking result.

Kind regards,
Laura Ohrndorf, on behalf of the WCA Regulations Committee (WRC)