British Summer Open 2019


Information

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Events
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 200 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is £14.95 (British Pound).
The registration fee has to be paid through Stripe here once registered.
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded a 100% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.

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 time the competition happens then you will get a full refund.

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.

MULTI-BLIND COMPETITORS PLEASE NOTE: We are enforcing a competitor limit on the Multi-Blind event for organisational reasons. There are only 24 spots available, and they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis as you register. Competitors who register for Multi-Blind after the limit has been reached will be on a reserve list if someone decides not to compete or does not show up on the day.

Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 3:00.00 Top 80 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
5x5x5 Cube Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
6x6x6 Cube Combined Final Bo1 / Mo3 6:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
7x7x7 Cube Combined Final Bo1 / Mo3 8:00.00 1 attempt to get < 6:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Bo1 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
3x3x3 With Feet Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
Clock Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 15.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Megaminx Combined Final Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
Pyraminx Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Skewb Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Square-1 Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (June 29, 2019)

From 08:45 AM
To 09:00 AM
Registration [ALL DAY]
Conference Centre State Room
From 09:00 AM
To 09:40 AM
3x3x3 With Feet Combined Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
3:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
From 09:40 AM
To 10:50 AM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1)
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 1
Time limit
1 hour
From 10:50 AM
To 12:10 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 1
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 12:10 PM
To 12:45 PM
Lunch
Conference Centre State Room
From 12:45 PM
To 02:05 PM
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
1:00:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
From 12:45 PM
To 02:05 PM
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
1:00:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
From 02:05 PM
To 02:20 PM
Introduction to Competing
Conference Centre State Room
From 02:20 PM
To 03:35 PM
5x5x5 Cube Combined Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
From 03:35 PM
To 04:15 PM
Square-1 Combined First round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
1:30.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 45.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 04:15 PM
To 05:05 PM
Clock Combined First round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 15.00
Proceed
Top 12 advance to next round
From 05:05 PM
To 06:20 PM
Megaminx Combined Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
From 06:20 PM
To 07:00 PM
Dinner
Conference Centre State Room
From 07:00 PM
To 07:50 PM
6x6x6 Cube Combined Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 1 / Mean of 3
Time limit
6:00.00
Cutoff
1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
From 07:50 PM
To 08:40 PM
7x7x7 Cube Combined Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 1 / Mean of 3
Time limit
8:00.00
Cutoff
1 attempt to get < 6:00.00
From 08:40 PM
To 09:00 PM
Square-1 Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
1:30.00
From 09:00 PM
To 09:20 PM
Clock Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00

Schedule for Sunday (June 30, 2019)

From 08:45 AM
To 09:00 AM
Registration [ALL DAY]
Conference Centre State Room
From 09:00 AM
To 09:15 AM
Introduction to Competing
Conference Centre State Room
From 09:15 AM
To 10:30 AM
3x3x3 Cube Combined First round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
10:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 3:00.00
Proceed
Top 80 advance to next round
From 10:30 AM
To 11:20 AM
2x2x2 Cube Combined First round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
2:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 30.00
Proceed
Top 24 advance to next round
From 11:20 AM
To 12:40 PM
4x4x4 Cube Combined Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
3:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
From 12:40 PM
To 01:20 PM
Lunch
Conference Centre State Room
From 01:20 PM
To 02:05 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
From 02:05 PM
To 02:50 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
1:30.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 45.00
Proceed
Top 24 advance to next round
From 02:50 PM
To 03:30 PM
Skewb Combined First round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 30.00
Proceed
Top 24 advance to next round
From 03:30 PM
To 04:20 PM
Pyraminx Combined First round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 30.00
Proceed
Top 24 advance to next round
From 04:20 PM
To 04:50 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
10:00.00
Proceed
Top 24 advance to next round
From 04:50 PM
To 05:00 PM
Skewb Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00
From 05:00 PM
To 05:10 PM
Pyraminx Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00
From 05:10 PM
To 05:20 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
2:00.00
From 05:20 PM
To 05:35 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
1:30.00
From 05:35 PM
To 05:50 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Conference Centre State Room
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
10:00.00
From 05:50 PM
To 06:20 PM
Awards
Conference Centre State Room

UKCA

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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, go to the Register section 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 in the Register section. 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. 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: As long as registration is still open, yes you are allowed to change events. Email us at the contact link on the General Info page with the events you would like to change. If registration is closed then please do not email us with event changes. 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 Schedule tab - 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: Yes! Spectating this competition will be free for everyone. Unless you are attending with a competitor, we would highly recommend to come to spectate only in the afternoons, as the venue will be extremely busy in the morning on both days!

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, they can all be found on the Live Results tab.

New Competitors

If you are a new competitor, it is important that you are familiar with the Regulations. 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 as per the Schedule 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.

Multi-Blind Competitors

We are enforcing a competitor limit on the Multi-Blind event for organisational reasons. There are only 24 spots available, and they will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Competitors who register for Multi-Blind after the limit has been reached will be on a reserve list if someone decides not to compete or does not show up on the day.

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.
  • However, if you are competing in an event then you are expected to help judge for that event. Obviously you need time to warm-up so we would really appreciate if you can help out the group immediately following the one you compete in. For example, if you are competing in group 2, please help to judge for group 3, etc. If there are only 2 groups, you would be expected to help for the other group.
  • 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.
  • 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! Keeping them in a bag and looking after it at all times is recommended.
  • During blindfolded events, please stay silent within the venue. These 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.

Venue

The competition will be held in the State Room, which is part of the Conference Centre at Alton Towers Resort. The Conference Centre is not situated in the theme park itself, so it is not required to purchase tickets to the resort to enter the competition.

Travel

Car: Alton Towers is situated between the M6 and M1, the postcode for the Resort is ST10 4DB, but be sure to follow signs when closeby. There is a large car park on site, which is £6 all-day. If you choose to stop in Alton Tower's own hotel, parking is free of charge in the hotel's car park.
Train: The three closest train stations are Stoke-on-Trent, Uttoxeter and Derby. A bus service will need to be used for the rest of the journey.
Plane: The nearest airport is East Midlands, but getting to Alton Towers from there by public transport is not straightforward. Consider flying into Manchester or Birmingham which have better onward travel links.
Bus: First Potteries operate departures from Stoke-on-Trent city centre (Hanley), Stoke-on-Trent Rail Station and Uttoxeter (except Sundays). There is also a X52 service that runs from Nottingham and Derby. You can find the full timetables at the First Group and Notts and Derby websites. Bus routes may involve one or more changeovers to complete your journey.

Accommodation

Alton Towers operates its own hotels, which are on site and in the same building complex as the Conference Centre itself, details about these hotels and other Alton Towers Partner Hotels can be found here. There are many other alternatives further afield, but this would involve catching a bus/taxi/driving to and from the resort.

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!

Cubecomps

Live results at the competition are provided courtesy of Cubecomps. Please note that the results may not be entered immediately. It is important that the competition is running smoothly before we can enter data. Sometimes there might be a delay of up to an hour before the results for a round are entered.

British Summer Open 2019 Live Results

As Alton Towers Resort is a theme park, we are organising a "Fun Day" on the Monday following the competition where everyone can enjoy the company of other cubers for a day without competing within the Alton Towers Resort theme park itself.

More details will be made available soon.

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).
A cumulative time limit may be enforced across rounds (see Guideline A1a2++).

Cutoff

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

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.