Bay Area Speedcubin' 24 2020

Feb 15, 2020
Sunnyvale, California, United States

Moose Family Center Lodge

905 Kifer Rd Sunnyvale, CA 94086

Taylor Cookmeyer, Tiffany Chien

Tessa Cookmeyer and Tiffany Chien
WCA Delegate
Nitin Subramanian
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This competition will be held by Berkeley Cube Club in place of the normally scheduled Berkeley Winter 2020 competition.

Competition Day Timing

  • The competition will begin at the scheduled start time.
  • Events will begin as soon as the previous event is wrapping up. Exception: All First Round events will not start more than 20 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • Competitors may not compete in an event if they miss the last call for that event. In general, the last call is a few minutes after the last group is called.

Team Blind will be held unoficially

For further information, please refer to the "Information" tab.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 135 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $20 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.

Below are some of the policies that will be used for this competition.


  • Registration is first come (eg. first to register and pay properly), first serve.

Deleting Registration/Refunds

  • If you register and later realize you cannot make the event, you can request a 50% refund before registration closes.
  • After registration closes, no refunds will be awarded.

Adding/Dropping Events

  • Competitors may request (by email) to be added to more events BEFORE registration closes.
  • Competitors may not add events after registration closes.
  • Competitors may request (by email) to remove events from their registration. It is also acceptable to not show up for any event you do not wish to compete in. If there is a chance you will want to do an event, you should register for it!


  • If the competitor limit has been reached, the waitlist opens. You can enter the waitlist by registering and paying the fee. Waitlist is first come, first serve.
  • Competitors who do not make it off of the waitlist will receive a full refund shortly before the event.
  • The latest time to get off of the waitlist is February 11th, 11:59 PM PST. This means we will not be accepting additional competitors on the day of the event.
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Christopher Yen won with an average of 7.36 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Will Newhoff finished second (7.65) and Heidi Chan finished third (7.88).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Christopher Yen 6.26 7.36 United States 6.266.916.878.488.29
4x4x4 Cube Christopher Yen 27.68 30.28 United States 33.0433.8027.6828.6529.14
6x6x6 Cube An Le 2:02.00 2:15.25 United States 2:02.002:23.002:20.75
3x3x3 One-Handed Zhouheng Sun (孙舟横) 11.21 12.85 China 11.2112.1512.1114.5214.29
Clock Abhimanyu Singhal 7.69 8.82 India 8.86DNF7.697.959.64
Megaminx Michael Chai (柴天方) 48.63 53.61 United States 48.6353.3854.1154.0453.42
Pyraminx Siddharth Manchkanti 3.21 3.79 United States 3.833.213.334.204.85
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Average of 5 < 22.00 advances to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Average of 5 < 11.00 advances to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:20.00
6x6x6 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 40.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Clock Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 25.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:15.00
Pyraminx First round Ao5 1:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (February 15, 2020)

From 09:00 AM
To 09:15 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
From 09:15 AM
To 09:55 AM
Clock Final
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 25.00
From 09:55 AM
To 10:45 AM
6x6x6 Cube Final
Bo1 / Mo3
Time limit
1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
From 10:45 AM
To 11:30 AM
Megaminx Final
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 2:15.00
From 11:30 AM
To 12:30 PM
Pyraminx First round
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 12:30 PM
To 01:30 PM
Lunch Final
From 01:30 PM
To 03:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Time limit
Average of 5 < 22.00 advances to next round
From 03:00 PM
To 03:45 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed First round
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 40.00
Top 12 advance to next round
From 03:45 PM
To 04:45 PM
4x4x4 Cube Final
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 1:20.00
From 04:45 PM
To 05:30 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Time limit
Average of 5 < 11.00 advances to next round
From 05:30 PM
To 05:40 PM
Pyraminx Final
Time limit
From 05:40 PM
To 05:55 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Time limit
From 05:55 PM
To 06:10 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Time limit
From 06:10 PM
To 06:25 PM

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:

This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know, however, it is still the competitors responsibility to be familiar with the full set of regulations.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial, Saturday 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.

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. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into groups, 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 you 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 any issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us, and see if we can work out another payment strategy, or have you pay on arrival at the compeition. No matter what you 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!

Information: Stuff You Must Know

Information for Team Blind

If you would like to participate in team blind, please read the rules below. We will have space for up to 20 pairs (40 people). Team Blind will be held during lunch.

We will follow the WCA Regulations as best as possible. The relevant changes are:
1. Starting/Stopping the solve
1a. The solver must have a blindfold on before the inspection period begins.
1b. The competitors will be given the usual 15 seconds of inspection with warnings at 8 and 12. Both members can touch the cube during this time and both competitors can communicate
1c. Only the solver may start/stop the timer.
1d. The usual penalties for starting/stopping the timer apply.
2. During the solve
2a. Unlike blindfold solving, no paper will be placed between the solver and the cube. Because of this, the solver should place the cube so that the blindfold is clearly obstructing the line of sight, but this will not be enforced. We are trusting you to not abuse this rule. This is supposed to be fun.
2b. Both competitors may talk during the course of the solve.
3. Miscellaneous
3a. We will hopefully separate partners to different tables, but, if that is not logistically possible, we expect pairs to make the best effort to not eavesdrop on adjacent teams. Again, we are trusting you not to cheat. This is 100% for fun.
3b. The competitors may switch roles (caller becomes solver and solver becomes caller) in between solves.
3c. The competitors must not communicate with anyone but each other and the judge during the solve.

Cutoff and time limit: We will have a cutoff of 2:30 and a 5:00 minute time limit for this event.

Pre competition:

  • READ AND UNDERSTAND THE REGULATIONS: Especially if you’re a first time competitor, this can potentially save you much time and grief. Particularly pay attention to Article A, 2, 3, and 10.
  • Prepare accordingly for travel. The competition venue will be on UC Berkeley's campus. Be aware that parking will likely be in short supply the whole weekend. Public transit (buses and BART both get you near campus) could be a good idea.

First steps:

  • Since you’ve registered online, all you need to do is show up on time for your first event. You do not need to check in upon arrival; however, if you’re not on time and miss the last call for that event, you will not be able to compete for that event. Missing any given event does not bar you from competing in subsequent events (but does bar you from competing in subsequent rounds of events you missed).
  • You will be assigned a group prior to the competition, and we will call up groups in order. When your group is called up, bring your solved cube and place it on the sheet of paper with your name with it at the scrambling station. Then wait in the competitor waiting area on stage to be called.


  • Please don’t trash the venue. This has been an issue in the past; we are an on campus student organization and are at the mercy of campus administration, so we need to take care of the venue to ensure future access. And of course, it’s the right thing to do.
  • No flash photography. It’s obviously very distracting to competitors.
  • Stay at least 1.5 meters away from the front edge of the competition tables. Standing too close is distracting and frequently makes it hard for staff to get to where they need to go, which slows the competition down. ‘
  • Regarding questions during the competition: do not ask staff first. They are very busy trying to make the event run smoothly (if they aren’t, then they should be). First check the live announcements, cubecomps, the WCA regulations, or the info/sales table.
  • If none of these answer your question, the info table people will find you an organizer or delegate.

Regarding volunteering:

  • If we need more volunteering help, we will ask. If you wish to judge or scramble, please be familiar with the regulations.

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  • Know the regs, show up on time, don’t need to check in, and be respectful of competitors by staying 1.5 meters away from competition stations and not using flash photography


Q: When do I show up?
A: Please be at the venue and ready to compete at least 15 minutes before your first event is scheduled to begin. We may get ahead of the schedule and start rounds early.
Q: Is there a general admission price if I am not competing?
A: There is no cost to spectate; the competition is open to the public. However, note that the room will likely be crowded, and again, we ask that competitors keep the number of guests they bring to a minimum.
Q: When should I leave the competition?
A: You are allowed to enter and leave the competition as you wish. If you are finished competing for the day, you do not need to stay at the competition.
Q: What do I do if I want to drop or add an event?
A: If you wish to drop an event from your registration, please email us, or let us know at the data entry table during the competition. You will not be refunded any money if you drop events. Unfortunately, due to our tight schedule, we are unable to add events to competitors’ registrations after registration closes.
Q: I cannot attend this competition. What should I do?
A: If you cannot attend this competition after all, please send us an email saying so. Please ensure that you include your name and WCA ID in the body of the email.

Lunch: The event is not providing lunch. Competitors and spectators are responsible for finding food as needed. Bringing a lunch is highly recommended, but there are various restaurants on Kifer Rd. and in the surrounding area to choose from in a 1-mile radius from the Moose Lodge.

Parking is available behind the venue.

We will be using groups for this competition. Group information can be found here:

For those unfamiliar, each competitor is assigned to a group for each of the events. During the competition, competitors will be called up by that group. For example, "Now calling 3x3 Group 1" means all competitors who have been assigned group 1 for 3x3 are up to compete and should bring their cube ASAP to the scrambling station. This also allows competitors to better know when they will be competing as groups are called in numerical order.

*For the 3x3 Speedsolve event, we will advance anyone to the second round who averages under 22 seconds in the first round. And to make the final, we will take anyone who averages under 11 seconds. *

The events tab says single solve, but that is INCORRECT. Advancement will be based on averages only.

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).


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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