Berkeley Fall 2017

Nov 18 - 19, 2017
Berkeley, California, United States

Saturday (the side events day) will be held in 155 Dwinelle. Sunday (the main day) will be held in the Pauley Ballroom.

Pauley Ballroom, 2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720

Tiffany Chien

Abhimanyu Singhal, Karen Tu, Ryan Jew, and Tiffany Chien
WCA Delegate
Jeremy Fleischman
  • Registration is capped at 220 people; there will be no walk-on competitors under any circumstances. You must register online in order to compete.
  • Saturday has the following events: FMC (1 attempt), Multi-BLD (1 attempt), Clock, 6x6 and 7x7.
  • Sunday has the following events: 3x3, 3x3 One-Handed, 2x2, 5x5 and Megaminx. The venue is the Pauley Ballroom, on the south side of campus.
  • Please read the information tabs on this website for crucial information.
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There is a competitor limit of 220 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $20 (United States Dollar).
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Max Park won with an average of 6.41 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Christopher Yen finished second (8.47) and Will Newhoff finished third (8.52).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Max Park 5.55 6.41 United States 6.986.567.545.555.69
2x2x2 Cube Christopher Lai 1.83 2.73 United States 2.542.961.832.695.57
5x5x5 Cube Max Park 47.12 48.06 United States 49.8252.5147.1347.2447.12
6x6x6 Cube Max Park 1:31.54 1:32.75 United States 1:31.551:31.541:35.16
7x7x7 Cube Max Park 2:10.03 2:22.08 United States 2:10.032:33.472:22.73
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Sophie Chan 31 United States 31
3x3x3 One-Handed Max Park 8.18 10.41 United States 9.9311.0610.748.1810.56
Clock Abhimanyu Singhal 8.59 10.25 India 9.2511.4110.3711.128.59
Megaminx Taylor Cookmeyer 51.07 1:00.98 United States 1:13.091:16.3655.6754.1851.07
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Graham Siggins 28/36 58:29 United States 28/36 58:29
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00
Second round Ao5 10:00.00
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 15.00
Final Ao5 10:00.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
6x6x6 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 5:00.00
7x7x7 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 7:00.00
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Bo1 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Clock Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 20.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

Day 1, November 18th: Side Events Day

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
9:45-10:45 FMC Final 1 Hour
11:00-12:30 MBLD Final 1 Hour, 1 attempt
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Clock Final 20 seconds 1 minute
2:15-3:00 7x7 Final 6:25 minutes 10 minutes
3:00-3:30 6x6 Final 4:30 minutes 8 minutes
3:30-5:30 Staff Competition

Day 2, November 19th: Main Day

Time Event Cutoff Time Limit
9:00-9:45 Megaminx Final 2 minutes 4 minutes
9:45-10:45 5x5 Final 2 minutes 4 minutes
10:45-12:00 2x2 Round 1 15 seconds 1 minute
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:45 3x3 Round 1 10 minutes
2:30-2:45 2x2 Finals (Top 8)
2:45-3:45 3x3 One-Handed Round 1 30 seconds 1 minute
3:45-4:30 3x3 Round 2 (Top 32, may be increased up to 50)
4:30-5:00 3x3 One-Handed Final (Top 12)
5:00-5:30 3x3 Finals (Top 12)
5:30 Awards

Side Events Competition: FMC, Multi Blind, Clock, 6x6, 7x7

This will be held in 155 Dwinelle on the UC Berkeley Campus.

The main portion of the day will be done Hungarian style. This means that everyone will be put into competitor groups (TBA a few days before the competition), and will be expected to judge and/or scramble when they are not competing. For example, Group 1 may be asked to staff for Group 2.

For Saturday, the organizers are Abhimanyu Singhal and Karen Tu.

Saturday (11/18) is also the date of the Stanford vs. Cal game, so traffic is likely to be heavy and parking will likely be very difficult to find. Consider using public transportation to and from Berkeley and plan accordingly.

Staff Competition

After all of the scheduled events have finished, staff members may complete their Day 2 Round 1 solves. Those who are normally not a staff member may request to join the staff for this competition. Anyone who elects to participate must agree to the following contract:
"By participating in the Berkeley Fall 2017 Staff Competition, I agree to fulfill judging and/or scrambling duties for the entirety of Berkeley Fall 2017's second day, on November 19th, 2017, as prescribed by the organization team. If I fail to fulfill my judging and/or scrambling duties, I understand that I forfeit my results under penalty of WCA regulations 1e2 and 1f2."


Q: Do I have to show up if I'm not doing any of these events?
A: No. If you aren't competing in FMC, Multi Blind, Clock, 6x6 or 7x7, then you only have to come on Sunday.

Q: Can I do staff comp if I'm not competing on Saturday?
A: Yes, but please make sure that the organizers will accept you as a staff member first.

General Competition: 3x3, 3x3 One-Handed, 2x2, 5x5, and Megaminx

This will be held in Pauley Ballroom on the UC Berkeley Campus.

The main portion of the day will be done Hungarian style, with competitors staying at their station for all solves of each event. Competitors will be called alphabetically by FIRST name. Competitors will still be expected to help judge when they are not competing, as this competition will have a huge number of solving stations that it needs to keep staffed.

Please be at the venue and ready to compete at least 15 minutes before your first event is scheduled to begin, as we may get ahead of the schedule.

For Sunday, the organizers are Ryan Jew and Tiffany Chien. If you have any questions during the Sunday competition, ask the info desk.

Information: Stuff You Must Know

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 is Pauley Ballroom in Berkeley, on the South side of UC Berkeley campus at Telegraph and Bancroft. 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 called in alphabetical order by first name for each event. The competition site will also be updated with the latest name called for the event in progress, so be sure to be paying attention to that. When you are 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.
  • You will be staying at one station for the complete duration of your average.


  • 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 this competition site, 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: Will there be a cube store?
A: Yes, the Berkeley Cube Club will be selling cubes.
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 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.
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.

If you will be under the age of 18 on November 18th, university policy requires you to fill out this liability waiver form.

Please fill it out, then scan and email the completed form to

You will not be allowed to compete without filling out this form, and it will help everyone if you did it before the day of the competition. Thanks!

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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