Announced by Lucas Garron on

Starting with the May 21 update, all significant updates to the WCA Regulations and/or Guidelines will be announced by the WRC in a post at www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/announcements
Such posts will also be made “sticky” on the main WCA homepage for a while, so that they are always at the top of the page.

The WRC will try to make sure such changes are only announced and put into effect at the beginning of the week (Monday-Wednesday), so that Delegates and competitors have time to learn of the changes (and respond with any urgent feedback).

Nevertheless, delegates and competitors are always encouraged to check the date listed on the current English Regulations before using a saved/printed version as reference for a competition.

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Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Dear community,

On January 29, 2013 our fellow WCA member Raj Gala from India passed away due to Dengue fever. He was 18 years old.

Raj competed in 3 WCA competitions and was ranked #5 in India for Megaminx (single and average).

On the WCA Forum WCA delegate Gaurav Taneja and Raj's friends Yogesh and Bhargav write about Raj as a helpful and kind member of the Indian community.

Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Raj's family and friends.

Ron van Bruchem
WCA Board

Announced by Sébastien Auroux on

Hello all,

The World Cube Association has released a new set of documents, effective January 1, 2013. All documents can be accessed via https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/.

The WCA Regulations go into effect immediately, and govern all official competitions sanctioned by the World Cube Association. The WCA Regulations are also supplemented by the WCA Guidelines. The Regulations should be considered a complete document, but the Guidelines contain additional clarifications and explanations.

The WCA has also added another scramble program to be used for official competitions; TNoodle can also be found at the link above.

Special thanks to:
- The WCA Board (Tyson Mao, Ron van Bruchem, Tim Reynolds, and Sébastien Auroux), Independent Advisory Committee (Anders Larsson), the WCA Delegates (too many to list) and members of the community for constructive feedback and review;
- Jeremy Fleischman, the point man and lead architect of the TNoodle Official WCA Scrambler project; and lastly,
- The entire WRC committee (Clément Gallet, Lucas Garron, Sébastien Auroux, Shelley Chang, and myself) for their their tireless efforts. Each of the members of the WRC spent an inordinate amount of time collecting data, reviewing Delegate and community feedback, and debating the merits of the WCA Regulations.

Happy New Year!

Announced by Lars Vandenbergh on

Ernesto Gutiérrez Cuba won the Campeonato Sudamericano 2013 with an average of 13.58 seconds. José Garrido finished second (14.08) and Marvin Castañeda Cruzado finished third (14.78).

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Sergey Ryabko won the European Rubik's Cube Championship 2012 with an average of 8.89 seconds. Mats Valk finished second (9.21) and Michał Pleskowicz finished third (9.24).

World records: Marcell Endrey 3x3 blindfolded 26.36 (single).

European records: Michał Pleskowicz 2x2 Cube 2.22 (average), Bence Barát 7x7 Cube 3:08.43 (single) 3:18.54 (average), Henrik Buus Aagaard 3x3 with feet 39.02 (average), Simon Crawford Square-1 11.76 (average).

Announced by Lars Vandenbergh on

Richard Jay S. Apagar won the Asian Championship 2012 with an average of 9.45 seconds. Nipat Charoenpholphant (นิพัฒน์ เจริญพลพันธุ์) finished second (9.47) and Weixing Zhang (张炜星) finished third (10.21).

Asian records: Weixing Zhang (张炜星) 4x4 Cube 28.10 (single).

Announced by Tyson Mao (毛台勝) on

The Campeonato Sudamericano 2013 will take place on January 5-6, 2013 in Arequipa, Peru. Check out the Campeonato Sudamericano 2013 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Dear members of our community,

The WCA Board has appointed Tim Reynolds and Sébastien Auroux as members of the WCA Board.

Tim Reynolds, from Boston (USA) has been a member of WCA since 2005 and is an active competition organiser and WCA delegate. Tim made important
contributions to WCA as a member of the Results team.
Sébastien Auroux, from Aachen (Germany) has been a member of WCA since 2008 and is an active competition organiser and WCA delegate. Sébastien
contributed to WCA as part of the WCA Regulations Committee and by developing WCA in Germany.

In the WCA Board Tim will be responsible for the daily operations of the website and the Results team.
Sébastien will be responsible for the WCA Regulations and the follow-up on alleged violations of the regulations.

WCA Board is also evaluating candidates from Asia for a position in the board.

We wish Tim and Sébastien good luck in their new positions to represent our community and further develop WCA.

Cube regards,

Tyson Mao and Ron van Bruchem
Co-chairmen of WCA

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

The European Rubik's Cube Championship 2012 will take place on October 12-14, 2012 in Wroclaw, Poland. Check out the Euro 2012 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Tyson Mao (毛台勝) on

The Asian Championship 2012 will take place on October 5-7, 2012 in Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Check out the Asian Championship 2012 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Baiqiang Dong (董百强) on

Michał Pleskowicz won the World Rubik's Cube Championship 2011 with an average of 8.65 seconds. Rowe Hessler finished second (9.56) and Feliks Zemdegs finished third (9.58).

World records: Feliks Zemdegs 4x4 Cube 35.22 (average), 5x5 Cube 56.22 (single) 59.94 (average), Javier Tirado Ortiz Rubik's Clock 5.83 (single), Marcell Endrey 3x3 multi blind 19/19 in 53:48, Michał Pleskowicz 3x3 one-handed 13.57 (average).

Asian records: Mitsuki Gunji (郡司光貴) 4x4 Cube 30.34 (single), Yu Nakajima (中島 悠) 5x5 Cube 58.53 (single) 1:08.17 (average), Gomain Ngernseng (โกเมน เงินเส็ง) Megaminx 54.58 (single) 1:00.11 (average), Tong Boonrod (ต๋อง บุญรอด) 3x3 with feet 44.59 (average).

European records: Giovanni Contardi 4x4 Cube 31.21 (single) 35.51 (average), Daniel Sheppard Rubik's Clock 7.51 (average).

North American records: Dan Cohen 4x4 Cube 32.47 (single), 5x5 Cube 57.44 (single) 1:08.12 (average).

Oceanian records: Feliks Zemdegs 6x6 Cube 2:13.86 (average), 7x7 Cube 3:54.41 (average), Pyraminx 3.00 (single), Zane Carney Rubik's Cube blindfolded 31.41 (single), Rubik's Cube multi blind 19/21 in 49:56.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

The World Rubik's Cube Championship 2011 will take place on October 14-16, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. Check out the World Rubik's Cube Championship 2011 website for more information and registration.

Live video streaming from Friday to Sunday.

semi live results.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Feliks Zemdegs won the Asian Championship 2010 with an average of 9.43 seconds. Yumu Tabuchi finished second (10.98) and Arifumi Fushimi finished third (11.19).

World records: Feliks Zemdegs 4x4 Cube 34.41 (single), 2x2 Cube 2.35 (average).

Asian records: Yumu Tabuchi Rubik's Cube 9.82 (average), Arifumi Fushimi 3x3 with feet 49.33 (average).

Oceanic records: Feliks Zemdegs 4x4 Cube 41.71 (average), 2x2 Cube 1.13 (single), 3x3 one-handed 12.46 (single), 3x3 fewest moves 32 (single), Megaminx 56.90 (single) 1:13.74 (average), Rubik's Clock 10.02 (single), 7x7 Cube 3:57.53 (single) 4:05.35 (average).

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Sergey Ryabko won the European Rubik's Cube Championship 2010 with an average of 10.31 seconds. Erik Akkersdijk finished second (10.38) and Cornelius Dieckmann finished third (10.78).

World records: Bálint Bodor Megaminx 47.53 (single) 51.45 (average), Brúnó Bereczki Pyraminx 2.65 (single).

European records: Maarten Smit Rubik's Clock 6.63 (single) 7.88 (average), Michal Halczuk 5x5 Cube 1:15.28 (average), Rafal Guzewicz 3x3 multi blind 11/11 in 55:10.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

The Asian Championship 2010 will take place on October 9-10, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Check out the Asian Championship 2010 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

The European Rubik's Cube Championship 2010 will take place on October 1-3, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary. Check out the European Rubik's Cube Championship 2010 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

The WCA Regulations 2010 are now final.

See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations for the new version.
See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/regulations\_history2010.html for all changes.
See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/regulations2010new.html for the 2010 version with all changes marked.
See https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/WCARegulations2010.pdf for the 2010 version in PDF.

All competitions starting today (April 14, 2010) must use this new version of the regulations.

Most important changes are:
= Preferred format for Megaminx is now 'Average of 5'.

Other changes for competitors:
= Stricter rules for timer malfunctions. Timer shows 0.01 - 0.05: extra attempt (unless intentional by competitor). Timer shows 0.06 or higher: DNF (unless reproducible malfunctioning).
= Puzzles with textures or painted colours are now accepted.
= Blindfolded: Competitors must bring their own blindfold.
= Fewest moves: Solutions maximum 80 moves and/or rotations.
= Magic: No practice solves on timer.

Other changes for competition organisers:
= WCA delegate is now responsible for providing the scrambles.
= Improved scramble programs.
= At least 25% of competitors must not proceed to round.

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.

Happy cubing,

Ron van Bruchem
World Cube Association

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Breandan Vallance won the World Rubik's Cube Championship 2009 with an average of 10.74 seconds. Erik Akkersdijk finished second (11.52) and Tomasz Zolnowski finished third (11.64).
World records: Dan Cohen 4x4 36.46 (single), Yumu Tabuchi Rubik's Cube One-handed 16.90 (average), Michal Halczuk 7x7 3:43.15 (single), Piotr Michal Padlewski Square-1 10.96 (single), Bálint Bodor Megaminx 57.94 (single).
Asian records: Yumu Tabuchi Rubik's Cube Fewest moves 29 (single), 4x4 blindfolded 8:41.85 (single), Ryosuke Mondo 5x5 blindfolded 26:30.00 (single).
European records: Erik Akkersdijk 4x4 39.43 (single), Michal Halczuk 7x7 4:01.23 (average), Piotr Michal Padlewski Square-1 15.21 (average), Rafal Guzewicz 5x5 blindfolded 15:43.00 (single).
North American records: Dan Cohen 4x4 46.94 (average), Megaminx 1:20.34 (single) 1:27.30 (average), Timothy Sun Rubik's Cube with feet 58.38 (single).
South American records: Pedro Santos Guimarães 4x4 53.30 (single) 1:07.85 (average), Rubik's Cube One-handed 18.27 (single), Megaminx 1:35.77 (average), 4x4 blindfolded 13:09.00 (single), Renan Mondini Cerpe 2x2 3.33 (single).

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

The World Rubik's Cube Championship 2009 will take place on October 9-11, 2009 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Check out the World Rubik's Cube Championship 2009 website for more information and registration.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

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.

Happy cubing,

Ron van Bruchem
World Cube Association

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

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

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Tomasz Zolnowski won the European Championship 2008 with an average of 11.71 seconds. Erik Akkersdijk finished second (12.15) and Edouard Chambon finished third (12.47).
World records: Erik Akkersdijk 5x5x5 1:18.59 (single), Edouard Chambon 2x2x2 3.43 (average), Maté Horvath Master Magic 1.95 (average).
European records: Rafal Guzewicz 4x4x4 blindfolded 7:54.35, 5x5x5 blindfolded 16:15.

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

The European Rubik's Cube Championship 2008 will take place on September 19/20/21, 2008 in Derio (Bilbao), Spain. Check out the Euro 2008 website for more information and registration.
    

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

Sorry for the inconvenience.

The WCA forum is still working at https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/forum
The WCA results are still working at https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/results

Ron

Announced by Ron van Bruchem on

WCA made an important announcement about blindfolded solving on the WCA forum.