British Blind Off - Manchester 2020


Date
Jun 13, 2020
City
Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Venue

Oasis Academy, MediaCity UK

Address
King William St, Salford, Greater Manchester, M50 3UQ UK
Details

Classroom C.053

Organizers
Christopher Morris, Nevins Chan Pak Hoong (陈百鸿), and William Gan Wei Ren (颜伟仁)
WCA Delegates
James Molloy and Sam Spendla
Contact
cmorris@worldcubeassociation.org, wgan@worldcubeassociation.org, nhoong@worldcubeassociation.org, jmolloy@worldcubeassociation.org, sspendla@worldcubeassociation.org
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.
Information

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Blindfolded specialist competition. There will be no regular speedsolving events held. We do not recommend this competition to first time competitors. Please make sure to read all the information in the tabs above.

The winner of 3x3 Blindfolded will be announced as the winner of the competition.
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Events
Main event
Number of times bookmarked
26
Registration period

Online registration will be open from to .

Registration requirements
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 30 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is £20 (British Pound).
The registration fee has to be paid through Stripe here once registered.
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 75% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators can attend for free.

Make sure to register and pay for the competition to be accepted.

If registration is full by the time you pay, you will be on the waiting list. If you do not make the competitor list by the limit date for refunds (specified above), then you will be refunded 100% of your registration fee. You may contact us to ask for your current position on the waiting list.

The cut-off date for changing events is the same as the limit date for refunds (specified above).

If you can no longer attend, let us know as soon as possible through the contact link on the General Info page. We often have waiting lists so letting us know you cannot attend allows us to add another person to the competition. By not telling us you are denying someone a chance to compete.

If you have any problems check out the FAQ, or feel free to contact us.

By registering for this competition, you are eligible to have your fee waived for the Manchester FMC 2020 location. More details on the FMC 2020 tab.

Event Round Format Time limit Proceed
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 75% advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
4x4x4 Blindfolded First round Bo3 30:00.00 cumulative * Top 75% advance to next round
Final Bo3 30:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 45:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo2 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (June 13, 2020)

From 08:45 AM
To 09:00 AM
Registration
C.053
From 09:00 AM
To 10:20 AM
4x4x4 Blindfolded First round
C.053
Format
Bo3
Time limit
30:00.00 cumulative *
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 10:20 AM
To 10:35 AM
Multi-Blind Submission
C.053
From 10:30 AM
To 11:50 AM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
C.053
Format
Bo2
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 11:50 AM
To 12:40 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round
C.053
Format
Bo3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 12:40 PM
To 01:40 PM
Lunch
C.053
From 01:40 PM
To 03:40 PM
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
C.053
Format
Bo3
Time limit
45:00.00 cumulative *
From 03:40 PM
To 03:55 PM
Multi-Blind Submission
C.053
From 03:50 PM
To 05:10 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 2)
C.053
Format
Bo2
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 05:10 PM
To 05:50 PM
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
C.053
Format
Bo3
Time limit
30:00.00 cumulative *
From 05:50 PM
To 06:20 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
C.053
Format
Bo3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
From 06:20 PM
To 06:50 PM
Awards
C.053

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register?
A: First you need to make sure you have created a WCA account. You can do this by going to the sign-up page and creating an account. Once you have created the account and confirmed your email address, follow the menu bar to the Register page and follow the instructions carefully.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?
A: Please make sure that you have followed the instructions listed on the Register page. You could also be on the waiting list. The competitor limit can be found on the General Info page, and you can see the number on accepted competitors on the Competitors page also on the menu. If you have done everything correctly and the competition is not full then just be patient. We have to manually approve registrations and the organisers aren't available all the time. If you believe you have followed the steps correctly but still are not on the registration list after 2 days, then feel free to email us at the contact link on the General Info page.

Q: Can I change the events I am registered for?
A: You are allowed to change events until the limit date for refunds passes. Email us at the contact link on the General Info page with the events you would like to change. If at the competition you decide that you do not want to compete in an event, come up to the scramble table when your group is called and simply tell the scramblers that you are not going to compete.

Q: I am no longer able to attend, what do I do?
A: The first thing you need to do is tell us as soon as you know via the contact link on the General Info page. Competitions generally fill up quite quickly and letting us know that you can't attend means we can add someone from the waiting list.

Q: If I do not attend do I get a refund?
A: If you inform us you are no longer attending and registration is still open, we will issue a full refund. If registration is closed we will offer a 50% refund. If you do not tell us you are not attending then you will receive no refund.

Q: How fast do I have to be to compete?
A: We recommend that you check out the Events and Schedule tabs - if you can make the time limit for the events you want to compete in, then you're fast enough! Loads of people come to competitions just to beat their own personal bests, and meet likeminded people, with no intention of winning or even making it past the first round.

Q: Are there different age categories?
A: All competitors compete on the same level and all ages are welcome. In general most are aged 10-20 but we have plenty of regulars who are older or younger than this!

Q: Do I use my own cubes to compete?
A: Yes! Make sure to bring cubes for all events you are competing in and look after them, you don't want them to go missing.

Q: Can I come only to spectate?
A: Spectating this competition will be not allowed for this competition due to the size of the venue, unless you are attending with a competitor.

Q: I'm a parent, what can I do to get involved?
A: If you're looking for something to do then you can certainly help out with the running and judging! We pretty much always need help with this and they are really easy procedures to follow. You can come to the introduction to competing where we go through all of it there. Running is also great for step count and requires zero knowledge of cubing if you're worried about that!

Q: When do I arrive at the competition?
A: If you are a new competitor, we highly recommend that you show up for the introduction to competing which is held as the first thing on both days. Otherwise, we recommend you turn up at least 15 minutes before your first event, you can check when this is on the Schedule tab. This will give you enough time to register, find a seat, and warm-up.

Q: What do I do when I arrive?
A: The first thing you do when you arrive is find the registration desk if registration is open. If you arrive before registration opens, we will make an announcement as to when it does open. If there is nobody present at the registration desk then find a staff member and we will make sure to register you.

Q: When can I leave the competition?
A: You are more than welcome to leave whenever you want. If you have no more events left then you are not required to stay.

Q: How do I find results?
A: All the results will be found on this page a couple of days after the competition, once they have all been checked and uploaded. If you are looking for live results, in the Menu Bar at the top go to Results ≫ WCA Live.

BLD Specialist Competition

As listed on the main page, this competition is a BLD specialist competition. This means that the only events being held are 3BLD, 4BLD, 5BLD and MultiBLD. No other conventional speedsolving events will be held. Due to this, we highly recommend that if you have not attended a WCA competition before that you attend a different one to this as your first competition since this is a very different format to regular competitions.

In addition, since the competitor limit for this competition is much smaller than other competitions we will require that everyone who is attending help out as much as possible throughout the weekend. We also encourage friends and family attending to help out with the judging as well if possible! If you are unfamiliar with the judging procedure for Blindfolded events please read the section on Blindfolded solving in the regulations below.

New Competitors

If you are a new competitor, it is important that you are familiar with the Regulations, specifically for blindfolded events. Besides the regulations, you can also find useful information on WCA guidelines.The regulations are very long and are quite a lot to take in so don't worry if you don't remember it all! Because of this, we have a video that explains the competing procedure which we recommend to watch before attending: Competing Tutorial. We will also be holding an introduction to competing which we recommend you attend as well.

New competitors must bring some form of ID to show at the competition to confirm the name, the country they wish to compete for, and the date of birth registered with. The usual items of ID that people bring are Passports, Birth Certificates, Driver's Licenses, etc. As long as it has your name, date of birth, and country, then it will be fine.

If you have any questions, we recommend that you check the FAQ in case it has been asked before. But you are more than welcome to contact us at the link on the General Info page. We also recommend you check out the UKCA tab to sign up to our mailing list for announcements of future competitions, among other things.

Information for All Competitors

  • Please help judge! We rely very heavily on regular competitors to make the competition run to schedule. It is not very difficult to do, and even parents can do it! If you'd like to learn the procedure then we will explain it during the introduction to competing, and if you still don't quite understand we can show you during the rounds as well. And you may judge whenever you want.
  • When you are competing and have handed in your puzzle, please make sure to be waiting in the designated area so that judges and runners do not have to come searching for you.
  • No flash photography under any circumstance within the venue. It is extremely distracting for competitors.
  • If you are a spectator, please stay 1.5m away from competitors at all times as per Regulation 7b. If you are filming someone competing, please stay out of the competitor area.
  • Please treat the venue with respect, put all of your rubbish in bins, black bin bags, or take it home with you and keep your area tidy.
  • There are thousands of puzzles at these events, make sure to keep yours together so you don't lose them!
  • We will be taking videos and photographs of the competition and the environment for our social media pages and website. By attending the competition as a competitor or a guest, you are accepting that you may be filmed or photographed for these purposes.
  • During the events, please stay silent within the venue. Blindfolded events require a high amount of concentration and any noise can be distracting. We will announce when the silence will begin and when you may talk within the venue again.

FMC 2020 is another competition held separately at the same venue on the day after British Blind Off - Manchester 2020. As a 3x3 Fewest Moves simultaneous competition, it will be held in multiple locations across the globe.

If you're interested in competing please register here and remember to enter Manchester in the comment field.
If you register for Blind Off and FMC 2020, the £5 registration fee for FMC 2020 will be waived.

The venue is located in Salford near Trafford. The venue itself is fairly accessible through different means of transport.

Car: The postcode should point you towards the venue. However, sometimes it doesn't gets you to the car park. To get to the car park, you have to turn left to Broadway and there's a gate that leads you to the car park. Please buzz for entry. If you're using what3words, the entrance of the car park is puns.worm.manual.
Train: The closest main train station is Manchester Piccadilly station. From there, you can take the Metrolink tram line 7(towards MediaCity UK) or 3(towards Eccles) and get off at Anchorage. The venue is about 5 to 10 minutes walk from Anchorage tram stop. If you're returning to Manchester Piccadilly at the end of the day, it is cheaper to get the return tram ticket.
Plane: The closest airport is Manchester(MAN). You can take the train station or tram to Manchester Piccadilly and take the tram to Anchorage.
Coach: The main coach station is Manchester Chorlton Street. You can walk to Piccadilly Gardens and take the tram to Anchorage. Alternatively, you can also take the coach to Salford(For Quays) and the venue is less than 10 minutes walk.
Bus: You can take bus route 33 from Piccadilly Gardens Stop P and get off at Howard Street. The venue is less than 10 minutes walk from the bus stop.

what3words: The what3words for the car park entrance is hero.stamp.verbs and the what3words for the entrance of the building is blues.tooth.runs. Please get in touch if you requires further assistance.

Accommodation

There's a number of hotel chains in Central Manchester and there's a Travelodge just nearby the venue.

Each event is run in groups, depending on how many people are competing in the event depends on how many groups there are. We call each group up one at a time in order to complete their solves during the scheduled time for the round. We have software that automatically picks what groups you are in, the judges, and who scrambles for each group. This is the minimum amount you should be helping out as it only is for first rounds. We always appreciate extra help!

Please note down which groups you are competing and scrambling in before arriving at the competition!

Groups

Check back 1 week before 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).

Format

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.