Berkeley Spring 2018

Apr 7 - 8, 2018
Berkeley, California, United States

UC Berkeley

145 Dwinelle



Karen Tu, Ryan Jew, and Uma Unni
WCA Delegate
Ryan Jew

This is the springtime competition at UC Berkeley, run by the Berkeley Cube Club!

Travel: Parking is hard to find at and around UC Berkeley. Plan to arrive early if driving so that you have time to find a spot -- you might need to park some distance away and walk. Buses and BART are a good alternative (the Downtown Berkeley BART station is near the west end of campus).

Please be at least 15 minutes early to your first event of each day.

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.
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There is a competitor limit of 160 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $25 (United States Dollar).

Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list. If you believe you paid and your name isn't showing up AFTER 24 HOURS, please contact us and we will work it out.

If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us.

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Paul Mahvi won with an average of 8.46 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Varun Mohanraj finished second (8.56) and Christopher Yen finished third (8.66).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Cube Paul Mahvi 8.24 8.46 United States 8.308.338.748.249.96
2x2x2 Cube Christopher Yen 2.22 2.81 United States 3.673.382.692.222.37
4x4x4 Cube Paul Mahvi 28.86 33.10 United States 32.3032.1636.0928.8634.84
5x5x5 Cube Paul Mahvi 55.95 59.47 United States 1:05.0059.191:00.4155.9558.81
3x3x3 Blindfolded Ishaan Agrawal 20.56 DNF United States 20.56DNFDNF
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Ravi Fernando 29 United States 29
3x3x3 One-Handed Tiffany Chien 12.77 14.99 United States 16.6914.5512.7714.1916.22
Megaminx Taylor Cookmeyer 54.20 55.23 United States 55.4354.201:00.2055.1955.06
Skewb Zeke Miller 3.29 5.14 United States 12.755.845.053.294.52
Square-1 Nicholas Daneshvari 12.65 13.64 United States 13.7632.2513.3912.6513.76
4x4x4 Blindfolded Graham Siggins 2:24.13 DNF United States DNF2:24.13DNF
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 30.00 2 attempts to get < 15.00 Top 8 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Bo1 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
Skewb Final Bo2 / Ao5 30.00 2 attempts to get < 15.00
Square-1 Final Bo2 / Ao5 50.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 30:00.00 cumulative *

You do NOT need to register for events on both days, or show up on a day in which you have no events.

Side Day (Saturday, April 7):

Event Round Start End Cutoff Time Limit Format
Megaminx Combined Final 9:15 AM 10:15 AM 2:00 3:00 Best of 2/Average of 5
Square-1 Combined Final 10:15 AM 11:00 AM 0:30 0:50 Best of 2/Average of 5
3x3 Blindfolded Combined Final 11:00 AM 11:45 AM -- 10:00 Cumulative Best of 3
4x4 Blindfolded Combined Final 11:45 AM 12:30 PM -- 30:00 Cumulative Best of 3
Lunch -- 12:30 PM 1:30 PM -- -- --
4x4 Combined Final 1:30 PM 2:45 PM 1:00 1:30 Best of 2/Average of 5
5x5 Combined Final 2:45 PM 4:00 PM 2:00 3:00 Best of 2/Average of 5

Main Day (Sunday, April 8):

Event Round Start End Cutoff Time Limit Format Proceeding
3x3 One-Handed Combined First 9:00 AM 10:10 AM 0:30 1:00 Best of 2/Average of 5 Top 12 to Finals
2x2 Combined First 10:10 AM 11:10 AM 0:15 0:30 Best of 2/Average of 5 Top 8 to Finals
FMC Final 11:10 AM 12:25 PM -- 1 hour Best of 1 --
Lunch -- 12:25 PM 1:25 PM -- -- -- --
3x3 Round 1 1:25 PM 3:10 PM -- 10:00 Average of 5 Top 32 to Round 2
Skewb Combined Final 3:10 PM 4:10 PM 0:15 0:30 Best of 2/Average of 5 --
2x2 Finals (Top 8) 4:10 PM 4:25 PM -- 10:00 Average of 5 --
3x3 Round 2 (Top 32) 4:25 PM 5:15 PM -- 10:00 Average of 5 Top 12 to Finals
3x3 One-Handed Finals (Top 12) 5:15 PM 5:35 PM -- 10:00 Average of 5 --
3x3 Finals (Top 12) 5:35 PM 6:00 PM -- 10:00 Average of 5 --
Awards -- 6:00 PM 6:25 PM -- -- -- --


  • For events formatted as an Average of 5, the Cutoff is the time that the competitor must beat in at least one of the first two attempts in order to complete an average. If the Cutoff is not achieved, the format of the event becomes a Best of 2, meaning that competitor may not complete the last 3 solves of the average.
  • For events formatted as an Mean of 3, the Cutoff is the time that the competitor must beat in the first attempt in order to complete a mean. If the Cutoff is not achieved, the format of the event becomes a Best of 1, meaning that the competitor may not complete the last 2 solves of the mean.
  • The Time Limit is the maximum amount of time allowed to complete each attempt.
  • The WCA Regulations contain more in-depth descriptions of the Cutoff and Time Limit.
  • The number of competitors who proceed to the next round is based on the rankings from the previous round of the respective event.

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.

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, 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 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!

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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