Cork Open 2019

Apr 13 - 14, 2019
Cork, Ireland

Aula Maxima, University College Cork

Aula Maxima, College Road, University College, Cork

The Aula Maxima is located in the North Wing of the Main Quad. Follow the signs.


Speedcubing Ireland

Ciarán Beahan and Mary Hennessy
WCA Delegates
David Lim and James Molloy
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This competition is being hosted by the Maths Society in University College Cork. Please make sure to read all the information in the tabs above.

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.
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 80 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is €15 (Euro).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 100% of your registration fee.
On the spot registrations will be accepted with a base registration fee of €15 (Euro).

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Ciarán Beahan won with an average of 8.41 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Callum Hales-Jepp finished second (9.73) and Richard Madden finished third (11.30).

European records: Ciarán Beahan‎ 6x6x6 Cube 1:30.76 (average).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Ciarán Beahan 8.16 8.41 Ireland
2x2x2 Cube Callum Hales-Jepp 1.78 2.52 United Kingdom 2.454.031.782.472.64
4x4x4 Cube Ciarán Beahan 25.31 27.00 Ireland 30.8925.3126.7128.0926.21
5x5x5 Cube Ciarán Beahan 45.95 50.11 Ireland 52.5749.0453.9345.9548.73
6x6x6 Cube Ciarán Beahan 1:28.36 1:30.76 ER Ireland 1:33.801:28.361:30.13
7x7x7 Cube Ciarán Beahan 2:05.33 2:12.16 Ireland 2:05.332:23.962:07.19
3x3x3 Blindfolded Tao Yu (喻韬) 38.99 DNF Ireland 38.99DNFDNF
3x3x3 Fewest Moves James Molloy 24 United Kingdom 24
Clock Matt Prestwich 6.73 7.37 United Kingdom 7.777.516.739.406.83
Pyraminx Ciarán Beahan 4.68 5.18 Ireland 5.814.684.788.374.96
Skewb Matt Prestwich 3.19 5.42 United Kingdom
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Callum Hales-Jepp 14/16 55:08 United Kingdom 14/16 55:08

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 there is also a video you can watch which covers the basics very well. We recommend you watch this 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.

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 and non-cubers 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.

MultiBLD Competitors

All puzzles for multibld are to be submitted before lunch on Sunday.

The Aula Maxima is located in the north wing of the UCC Quad, opposite the Boole library. Follow the signs for Quad or Aula maxima to get to the venue.

Car:There will be car parking available at one of the UCC car parks. The carpark named Perrots Avenue will be open 51°53'31.5"N 8°29'22.4"W. Please note that there is an hourly rate for the carparks.

Bus:If you are coming from Cork city center the 208, 205 and the 220 buses will bring you to a UCC entrance.

Train:If you are arriving by train, there is the 205 bus which will bring you from Kent station to one of the entrances of UCC. Alternatively you could walk from the train station into Cork city and get any of the buses mentioned above.

Plane:If you are arriving from Cork airport you can get the 226 bus to the main bus station, Parnell Place, in the city center where there you can transfer to the 205, 208 or 220.If you are arriving from Dublin airport, there is the Aircoach bus service which will bring you to Patricks Quay in Cork. From there you can cross the bridge to St. Patricks street and get the 208, 205 or 220.


UCC is a 15-minute walk to Cork city center where there. There are a large number of BnBs near UCC.

The River Lee Hotel is the nearest hotel to UCC.
There is also the Kingsley Hotel.


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.

Cork Open 2019 Live Results

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 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: Spectating this competition will be free for everyone. Please be respectful of competitors while they are competing and remain at least 1.5 meters away from the solving stations as per regulation 7b.

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.

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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