Yu Nakajima won the Osaka Open 2008 with an average of 11.33 seconds. Mitsuki Gunji finished second (11.88) and Takumi Yoshida finished third (12.70).
World records: Yu Nakajima Rubik's Cube 11.33 (average), Takayuki Ookusa 5x5 1:27.43 (single) 1:35.04 (average).
Asian records: Syuhei Omura 2x2 2.09 (single) 4.07 (average), Yohei Oka Pyraminx 4.61 (single) 6.01 (average), Takayuki Ookusa Master Magic 3.31 (single) 3.56 (average).
Harris Chan won the Princeton Open 2008 with an average of 13.18 seconds. Sy-Dar Liou finished second (13.60) and Mitchell Stern finished third (13.87).
World records: Alexander Yu Rubik's Cube Blindfolded 1:00.62 (single).
North American records: Sam Boyles Master Magic 2.22 (single).
Asian records: Takao Hashimoto Master Magic 4.14 (single) 5.07 (average), Square-1 26.58 (average).
African records: Anthony Orji Pyraminx 19.40 (average).
Thibaut Jacquinot won the French Open 2008 with an average of 13.16 seconds. Edouard Chambon finished second (13.35) and Benjamin Sintes finished third (16.17).
Harris Chan won the Toronto Open Winter 2008 with an average of 13.75 seconds. Derrick Eide finished second (13.80) and Rowe Hessler finished third (15.52).
North American records: Harris Chan Rubik's Cube 12.27 (average), Rowe Hessler 3x3 one-handed 16.21 (single), Derrick Eide 2x2 5.46 (average).
African records: Emile Compion 5x5 2:08.38 (single) 2:15.84 (average), 2x2 7.61 (average), 3x3 one-handed 31.15 (average).
Gunnar Krig won the Västervik Cube Meeting 2008 with an average of 17.12 seconds. Mattias Claesson finished second (21.14) and Erik Johansson finished third (21.45).
WCA made an important announcement about blindfolded solving on the WCA forum.
Tomasz Zolnowski won the Gdansk Open 2008 with an average of 13.56 seconds. Grzegorz Luczyna finished second (14.95) and Adam Polkowski finished third (15.09).
World records: Tomasz Kiedrowicz Pyraminx 2.83 (single).
Edouard Chambon won the Murcia Open 2008 with an average of 11.48 seconds. David Calvo Vivas finished second (16.78) and Manuel López Sheriff finished third (18.13).
World records: Edouard Chambon Rubik`s Cube 9.18 (single) 11.48 (average), Javier París 2x2 1.63 (single).
picture by Alexandre Toledo Guillén