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Breandan Vallance won the UK Open 2008 with an average of 13.97 seconds. Ron van Bruchem finished second (14.67) and Joey Gouly finished third (15.62).
World records: Martin Berger Rubik's Cube oldest solver 79 years 364 days.

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Phil Thomas won the Lexington Fall Open 2008 with an average of 13.67 seconds. Jim Mertens finished second (15.25) and Dylan Howell finished third (21.69).
North American records: Phil Thomas 2x2 3.79 (average).

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Rowe Hessler won the Newark Open 2008 with an average of 13.34 seconds. Patrick Jameson finished second (14.25) and Jason Baum finished third (14.59).
North American records: Rowe Hessler 3x3 8.91 (single), Patrick Jameson Magic 0.96 (single), Siraj Ali Pyraminx 4.59 (single).

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The Carnegie Mellon Fall 2008 will take place on December 7, 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Check out the Carnegie Mellon Fall 2008 website for more information and registration.

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Timothy Sun won the Beijing Fall Open 2008 with an average of 14.30 seconds. Shenjia Zhang finished second (14.49) and Fubo Wang finished third (15.67).
Asian records: Fubo Wang Master Magic 3.13 (average).

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The Portugal Open 2008 will take place on November 29, 2008 in Lisbon, Portugal. Check out the Portugal Open 2008 website for more information and registration.

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Harris Chan won the Toronto Open Fall 2008 with an average of 11.92 seconds. Eric Limeback finished second (14.27) and Doowon Joo finished third (14.75).
African records: Emile Compion 3x3 17.77 (average), 5x5 1:49.68 (single) 1:53.22 (average), 2x2 6.19 (average), 3x3 One-handed 24.80 (single).

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Danny Han won the Austin Open 2008 with an average of 17.77 seconds. Radly Peralta finished second (19.99) and Anthony Searle finished third (20.19).

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The San Francisco Open 2009 will take place on January 18, 2009 in San Francisco, California, USA. Check out the San Francisco Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The Amagasaki Open 2009 will take place on January 12, 2009 in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan. Check out the Amagasaki Open 2009 website for more information and registration.

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The The Hague Open 2008 will take place on November 29, 2008 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Check out the The Hague Open 2008 website for more information and registration.

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Milán Baticz won the Hungarian Open 2008 with an average of 13.20 seconds. János Márton Daróczi finished second (14.74) and Dániel Fodor finished third (15.78).

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Tomasz Zolnowski won the Poznan Open 2008 with an average of 12.24 seconds. Michal Robaczyk finished second (13.93) and Adam Polkowski finished third (14.21).
World records: Grzegorz Prusak Square-1 13.55 (single).
European records: Tomasz Zolnowski Rubik's Cube 11.32 (average).

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Anssi Vanhala won the Tampere Open 2008 with an average of 13.23 seconds. Ville Seppänen finished second (17.61) and Konsta Jukka finished third (19.45).
World records: Ville Seppänen 3x3 Blindfolded 54.06, Anssi Vanhala 3x3 with feet 47.21 (average).

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Erik Akkersdijk won the German Nationals 2008 with an average of 11.79 seconds. Rama Temmink finished second (14.44) and Michal Halczuk finished third (14.80).
European records: Rama Temmink 3x3 One-handed 19.77 (average).

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The Mexican Open 2008 will take place on December 20, 2008 in Toluca, Mexico. Check out the Mexican Open 2008 website for more information and registration.

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The Spanish Championship 2008 will take place on December 19/20, 2008 in La Coruña, Spain. Check out the Spanish Championship 2008 website for more information and registration.

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The Nanjing Open 2008 will take place on December 14, 2008 in Nanjing, China. Check out the Nanjing Open 2008 website for more information and registration.

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Erik Akkersdijk won the Dutch Open 2008 with an average of 13.26 seconds. Rama Temmink finished second (13.63) and Joël van Noort finished third (14.17).

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Andrew Kang won the Decatur Open 2008 with an average of 13.79 seconds. Chris Hardwick finished second (14.35) and Chris Foster finished third (17.13).

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The Swedish Cube Day 2008 will take place on December 6, 2008 in Kungsängen, Sweden. Check out the Swedish Cube Day 2008 website for more information and registration.

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Gilles Roux of France has decided to retire as a member of the WCA Board, starting November 1, 2008.

We thank Gilles for his contributions to WCA and our community.
Gilles started as a WCA Board member in October 2004. He was involved in organising and being WCA delegate in several WCA competitions. He also made great contributions to the WCA regulations and helped WCA grow all around the world.
Gilles will stay available to assist as a technical adviser of WCA.

WCA Board is working on plans for the upcoming years. These plans will include the following subjects:
- finalising the establishment of the WCA organisation, including statutes
- restructuring and extending the WCA Board
- defining the longterm goals
- extending the WCA organisation with dedicated teams to achieve our goals
- defining membership of WCA and a possible annual fee

Once the proposal for the plan is ready, we will inform you via the WCA website.
Until then the WCA Board will keep on working with the remaining three members, supported by the WCA website team (Clément Gallet, Stefan Pochmann and Bob Burton).

Happy cubing,

WCA Board
Tyson Mao, Masayuki Akimoto, Ron van Bruchem

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The Drexel Fall 2008 will take place on November 15, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Check out the Drexel Fall 2008 website for more information and registration.

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Erik Akkersdijk won the Danish Cube Day competition 2008 with an average of 12.94 seconds. Gunnar Krig finished second (14.70) and Henrik Buus Aagaard finished third (16.63).
World records: Erik Akkersdijk 5x5 1:16.21 (single).

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Bernett Orlando won the Shaastra Open 2008 with an average of 15.74 seconds. Karthik Puthraya finished second (20.52) and Pradeep Dhananjay finished third (28.00).