Cambridge Open 2018


Date
Dec 15 - 16, 2018
City
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Venue

Parkside Community College

Address
Parkside Community College, Parkside, Cambridge, CB1 1EH
Details

Gymnasium

Organizers
Fabio Schwandt, Joey Gouly, and Mohamed Ba Ndour
WCA Delegates
James Molloy and Sam Spendla
Contact
fabio.schwandt@gmail.com, joey.gouly@gmail.com, bamohamedmoussa@gmail.com, james.g.molloy@gmail.com, samuelspendla@gmail.com
Information

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Events
Registration period

Online registration opened and will close .

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 120 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.
Spectators can attend for free.

Make sure to register and pay for the competition to be accepted. We will not accept any registrations at the competition.

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 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.

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

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 75% advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00 Top 48 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 3:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:00.00
5x5x5 Cube Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00 Top 48 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 4:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 4:00.00
6x6x6 Cube Combined First round Bo1 / Mo3 6:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Final Mo3 6:00.00
7x7x7 Cube Combined First round Bo1 / Mo3 8:00.00 1 attempt to get < 6:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Mo3 8:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 16 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 75% advance to next round
Second round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 32 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Clock Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 20.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Megaminx Combined First round Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 4:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (December 15, 2018)

From 08:45 AM
To 09:00 AM
Registration Opens [All Day]
Gymnasium
From 09:00 AM
To 09:15 AM
Introduction to competing
Gymnasium
From 09:15 AM
To 10:05 AM
3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
2:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 45.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 10:05 AM
To 10:55 AM
Clock Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 20.00
Proceed
Top 16 advance to next round
From 10:55 AM
To 12:15 PM
5x5x5 Cube Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
Proceed
Top 48 advance to next round
From 12:15 PM
To 01:00 PM
Lunch
Gymnasium
From 01:00 PM
To 01:50 PM
Megaminx Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
4:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
Proceed
Top 16 advance to next round
From 01:50 PM
To 02:25 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Second round
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
2:00.00
Proceed
Top 32 advance to next round
From 02:25 PM
To 02:50 PM
Clock Final
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
1:00.00
From 02:50 PM
To 03:40 PM
5x5x5 Cube Second round
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
4:00.00
Proceed
Top 16 advance to next round
From 03:40 PM
To 04:40 PM
7x7x7 Cube Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 1 / Mean of 3
Time limit
8:00.00
Cutoff
1 attempt to get < 6:00.00
Proceed
Top 16 advance to next round
From 04:40 PM
To 05:10 PM
Megaminx Final
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
4:00.00
From 05:10 PM
To 05:40 PM
5x5x5 Cube Final
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
4:00.00
From 05:40 PM
To 06:10 PM
7x7x7 Cube Final
Gymnasium
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
8:00.00
From 06:10 PM
To 06:40 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
2:00.00

Schedule for Sunday (December 16, 2018)

From 08:45 AM
To 09:00 AM
Registration Opens [All Day]
Gymnasium
From 09:00 AM
To 09:15 AM
Introduction to competing
Gymnasium
From 09:15 AM
To 10:30 AM
3x3x3 Cube Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
10:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 3:00.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 10:30 AM
To 11:40 AM
4x4x4 Cube Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 2 / Average of 5
Time limit
3:00.00
Cutoff
2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
Proceed
Top 48 advance to next round
From 11:40 AM
To 12:25 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
Proceed
Top 16 advance to next round
From 12:25 PM
To 01:10 PM
Lunch
Gymnasium
From 01:10 PM
To 02:10 PM
6x6x6 Cube Combined First round
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 1 / Mean of 3
Time limit
6:00.00
Cutoff
1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 02:10 PM
To 03:10 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
10:00.00
Proceed
Top 32 advance to next round
From 03:10 PM
To 03:55 PM
4x4x4 Cube Second round
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
3:00.00
Proceed
Top 16 advance to next round
From 03:55 PM
To 04:15 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
Gymnasium
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
From 04:15 PM
To 05:05 PM
6x6x6 Cube Final
Gymnasium
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
6:00.00
From 05:05 PM
To 05:30 PM
4x4x4 Cube Final
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
3:00.00
From 05:30 PM
To 06:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Gymnasium
Format
Average of 5
Time limit
10:00.00
From 06:00 PM
To 06:30 PM
Awards
Gymnasium

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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.

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 venue is Parkside Community College, Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH. There is limited parking available on site.

Travel

Car: There is a limited number of parking available on site. However, there are numerous public car parks that are within walking distance of the venue including:
* Queen Anne Terrace Car Park, Gonville Pl, Cambridge CB1 1ND.
* Grafton West Car Park, Cambridge CB1 1HE.
* Grand Arcade Car Park, Corn Exchange St, Cambridge CB2 3QF.

Train: Cambridge is the main station and is a one mile walk from the venue. The Citi 1,3 and 7 and the Busway A all stop close to the venue, the journey time is approximately 20 minutes from the station.

Plane: Stansted Airport is the nearest airport to Cambridge. Cambridge is directly linked to the airport by the Stansted Express which takes 30 minutes or by bus (National Rail) which takes 45 minutes.

Accommodation

Accommodation
The nearest chain-style hotel to the venue is the Travelodge

180-190 Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB5 8HF which is less than a mile from of the venue. Very close with just 1 mile away you can find a Premier Inn, Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB1 3EP. A further Travelodge, Cambridge
Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7DY is located 1.1 miles from the venue conveniently
close to the railway station.

Further hotels in the vicinity of the venue are Regent Hotel, 41 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1AB,
The Royal Cambridge Hotel, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1PY and the Gonville Hotel,
Gonville Pl, Cambridge CB1 1LY to name just a few.

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.

Cambridge Open 2018 Live Results

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).

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.