Boston University Winter 2019

Jan 12 - 13, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston University

1 University Rd, Boston, MA 02215

In the big gym on the first floor of the BU Student Activities Office building.


BU Winter 2019 Organizers

James Quinn and Jonas Rajagopal
WCA Delegates
JP Bulman and Matthew McMillan
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This is the second BU competition, this time with 14 WCA Events! The cost to compete is $30 and the competitor limit is 130. You don't have to go for both days of the competition, as it is set up to allow competitors to go to one or both.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
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Create a WCA account here if you don't have one.
If this is not your first competition, associate your WCA ID to your WCA account here.
Register for this competition here.
There is a competitor limit of 130 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $30 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 95% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.

We will have a wait list for this competition. If registration is full, please register and pay. This is so if someone drops out, we can add you immediately. If you do not make it into the competition, we will fully refund your payment at around 8pm on Friday December 28th. Please contact the organizers via the link on the general page if you have any questions about this process.
Refunds will only be given to competitors who were accepted onto the competitor list if there is someone to take your spot from the wait list.

All competitors under the age of 18 must fill out a waiver to compete. [See Waiver Tab](

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Max Park won with an average of 6.42 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Daniel Rose-Levine finished second (6.78) and Daniel Karnaukh finished third (7.99).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Max Park 5.49 6.42 United States 6.766.525.988.955.49
2x2x2 Cube Daniel Karnaukh 1.54 1.84 United States 1.741.541.911.862.43
4x4x4 Cube Max Park 18.86 22.65 United States 23.4921.4118.8623.0525.89
5x5x5 Cube Max Park 42.66 45.10 United States 50.9945.4642.6644.9444.90
6x6x6 Cube Max Park 1:17.82 1:22.54 United States 1:17.821:25.181:24.61
7x7x7 Cube Max Park 1:49.89 1:58.12 United States 2:04.382:00.091:49.89
3x3x3 Blindfolded Paul Taylor 24.73 DNF United States DNF31.7624.73
3x3x3 One-Handed Max Park 9.90 10.48 United States 10.729.9011.4410.3110.41
Clock Matt Hudon 8.55 9.89 Canada 10.619.609.478.5510.91
Megaminx Alexei Sinyavin 36.44 41.78 United States 40.2943.1042.6842.3636.44
Pyraminx Joshua Broderick Phillips 3.16 3.46 United States 3.443.703.163.903.25
Skewb Ty Marshall 3.85 4.28 United States 4.494.794.273.854.09
Square-1 Daniel Karnaukh 7.43 9.60 United States 8.4612.707.439.6410.69
3x3x3 With Feet Daniel Rose-Levine 19.13 24.23 United States 19.1322.7425.6926.0824.25

All competitors under the age of 18 must fill out a waiver to compete. These waivers will be collected when you arrive. The link to the waiver is below:
You do not need to fill out the waiver to reigster, just to compete. Bring it the day of and you will be all good.

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

We wanted to let you know this event is perfectly fine for cubers of any age and experience. We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here:

Of course, those regulations contain a lot of legalese, so we have a video made specifically for new cubers, just to show them the basics of competing. This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know.
There is also this new written competitor tutorial from the WCA.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial, the morning of the competition. That would be the perfect time to ask those questions and clear up any confusion.

If you are stoked to compete and ready to sign up, head over to the registration tab, click register, and fill out the information it asks for. This will help you get set up the WCA's system and one step closer to your first official solve!

Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete, however, we will have a vendor at this competition, from which you can buy puzzles if your current ones have seen better days.

Q: What is the normal age of competitors at these events?

A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 20 years old. Don't let this stop you though, everyone can and should cube!

Q: What is the competition like?

A; Competitions are a bunch of tables where nerds like us get to sit and discuss our favorite thing, Cubes! Of course in addition there is competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants new personal bests, and a vendor, where you can purchase all you cubing related needs. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into heats, as to better organize who competes when. (Check the Groups tab and listen at the competition for more info on this.)

Q: How do I find results?

A: All results are posted on the WCA page a couple of days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of competing, go to to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about 2nd and 3rd rounds of events.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?

A: Make sure you pay your entrance fee in order to be automatically placed on the registered list, which will also guarantee you a spot in the competition. If payment may be an issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us, and we can see if we can work out another payment strategy, or have you pay on arrival at the compeition. No matter what your situation may be however, please register online. It is much easier for us to have you register now and pay later, then to have to input information at another time.

Q: Are there age divisions?

A: Nope! All cometitors compete in the same group.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?

A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!

The venue's address is 1 University Rd, Boston, MA 02215

By plane: Logan Airport is a 20-30 minute drive from the venue.

By train: The nearest T station is BU Central, on the B branch of the Green Line. The Green Line has multiple branches, so be looking at which train you got on. However, if you are starting from past Park Street, you will need to take a different Green Line train to Park Street as the B branch only goes to Park Street. Any of the other works for this. Make sure you depart that train at Park Street however, and get on the B branch.
A map of the T can be found at

From lot H, to get to the venue, exit the lot the way you drove in, turn left on university road, walk completely past the school, and turn left just before Storrow drive into the building. There will be signs.

There are many hotels nearby, ranging in price.
We would recommend the Courtyard Marriott at 777 Memorial Drive.
It is moderately priced and no more than a 15 minute walk away.

There is also a Hyatt Regency about a 10 minute walk away:

Boston is a very historic city. There is the freedom trail as well as a lot of National Historic Places. There is also the Boston Common, shows, food, and a lot more!

The primary lot is BU Lot H adjacent to the BUA building at 1 University Road. This is open for entry from 7AM- 1PM and can be exited anytime. This parking will cost $12 (cash only) if you reference the cubing competition upon entry. If you are showing up after 1pm on a day, we recommend parking on the street.
If this lot is full, overflow parking is at Warren Towers Garage at 700 Commonwealth Avenue. This is also $12 and is less than a 10-minute walk from the venue. To get from Warren Towers to the venue, walk westwards on Commonwealth Avenue until University Road, then cross University Road and signs will be posted. Please be aware that your car may be towed if you park in an unattended lot on campus. Note: From Lot H, exit the lot the way you entered and turn left toward the Charles River. Follow the signs and use the second set of doors to enter the building just before Storrow Drive.
There is also meters on the street which need to be fed every 4 hours. These will not need to be fed on Sunday however, so that is a great free option for Sunday. The 2 lots will still be open on Sunday and will cost the same, $12.

To help everyone get in, signs will be posted and a few large cardboard cubes will be outside to lead the way. If the weather is rainy/snowy however, these will need to be closer to buildings, under awnings.

Food is allowed in the venue. We ask that you do clean up after yourself, and keep all food away from competition used timers. There is a food court across University Road at the George Sherman Union. We are not completely sure if this will be open however, and we will make an announcement if it is or isn't in the morning. Either way, there is also a large variety of options on Commonwealth Ave, which is the major street you reach walking out of the building and turning right.

You can find more info at

This competition will be sponsored by Thecubicle!
They will be providing prizes for the winners but unfortunately cannot vend. Huge thank you to them!
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Prizes are gift cards to
1st: $50
2nd: $40
3rd: $30

Other Events:
1st: $15
2nd: $10
3rd $5

1: Connect to BU Guest
2: Go to
3: Click Request a guest Account
4: Complete Access form
5: Go back to original page and enter the credentials that will be emailed to you automatically after you request a guest account and fill out the form

We will not be calling names, only groups. These groups have been emailed to competitors and attached below. You do not need to print out your group assignments as you will receive a lanyard with them at the start of the competition. They will be on a table as you walk in. Please only take your own. All competitors will also be required to help judge. The competitor tutorial at the beginning of the day will go over this as well. If you have any questions about the process, find any staff member and they will be happy to assist you. More experienced competitors may have scrambling duties in addition to or instead of judging. These assignments are posted with the groups as well. If you don't show up to help, we reserve the right to disqualify you from that event. If you show up to judge, and all of the judging stations are full on the main stage, and the feet stage if it is being used at the time, find an organizer or delegate and we will have you run or scramble depending on what needs help. If you are competing in feet and are wondering why there is nothing there, you will be receiving or have already received an email with that information and your group. If you applied for full time staff, you will be hearing from us shortly or have already heard from us. Feet groups are in a separate spreadsheet which has been emailed to everyone signed up for feet, and is also attatched below.

Live results will be posted to cubecomps at this link. Here you can see round rankings to know if you have advanced to a later round. You can also see a personal page with all of your results for the competition.
If you believe one of your results has been entered incorrectly, please come and find a staff member as soon as possible to make sure the correct people advance to subsequent rounds.
If you wish to not compete in an event you signed up for, you don't need to notify us. Just don't show up for the round.
If you wish to compete in an event you did not sign up, you can do this for every event except for feet. Please come see us right before the round so we can write you a card.


Feet Groups:

Staff decisions have been made and staff have been emailed.

If you applied for staff, check your email.

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The registration deadline has now passed.
Everybody on the waitlist has been refunded, and no competitors may be refunded from this date on.
Unfortunately if you are not listed on the competitors tab you will not be allowed to compete under any circumstances.

Time limit

If you reach the time limit during your solve, the judge will stop you and your result will be DNF (see Regulation A1a4).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced (see Regulation A1a2).


The result to beat to proceed to the second phase of a cutoff round (see Regulation 9g).


The format describes how to determine the ranking of competitors based on their results. The list of allowed formats per event is described in Regulation 9b. See Regulation 9f for a description of each format.

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