Cubing Under the Northern Lights 2023
- Feb 4, 2023
- Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
- 2300 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA
Centennial Center Exhibit Hall
- Organization team
- Benjamin Gottschalk
- WCA Delegates
- Benjamin Gottschalk, Calvin Nielson, James Hildreth, and Nick Silvestri
- Download all the competition's details as PDF .
This competition is recognized as an official World Cube Association competition. Therefore, all competitors must be familiar with the WCA Regulations. If you are new to competing, please refer to the Competitor Responsibilities tab.
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There is a competitor limit of 100 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $25 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
We encourage everyone to register for the events they want to compete in via your online registration, however you may add events to your registration up until the event has started.
On the spot registrations will be accepted with a base registration fee of $25 (United States Dollar).
Any spectator can attend for free.
Your registration is not considered complete until after the registration payment has been made. Please note that even after payment, registrations need to be manually approved before appearing on the competitor list. If the competitor limit has been reached before your payment was completed, you will be placed on a waitlist. For more information on the waitlist, please refer to the waitlist tab, which will be manually kept up-to-date as more people register.
Competitors will be accepted from the waitlist in the order that they paid.
By registering, competitors agree to the information in the Competitor Responsibilities tab. This tab details the responsibilites of all competitors at this competition. Not abiding by these responsibilities can result in disqualification.
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|3x3x3 Cube||Max Park||4.99||5.16||United States||5.04||5.04||4.99||5.66||5.40|
|5x5x5 Cube||Max Park||37.48||39.09||United States||37.48||38.23||38.71||40.33||41.02|
|3x3x3 Blindfolded||James Hildreth||1:27.05||DNF||United States||1:27.05||DNF||DNF|
|Clock||Harsha Paladugu||6.51||8.12||United States||9.25||6.51||6.86||8.25||9.89|
|Megaminx||Benjamin Gottschalk||49.54||52.80||United States||51.49||58.37||49.54||51.64||55.27|
|Pyraminx||Harsha Paladugu||1.76||2.12||United States||2.69||2.02||2.40||1.76||1.93|
|Skewb||Benjamin Gottschalk||3.76||4.93||United States||4.18||5.22||7.41||5.38||3.76|
|Square-1||Calvin Nielson||6.23||8.08||United States||8.85||9.04||7.95||6.23||7.45|
|3x3x3 Cube||First round||Ao5||10:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|Second round||Ao5||10:00.00||Top 16 advance to next round|
|5x5x5 Cube||Final||Bo2 / Ao5||5:00.00||2 attempts to get < 3:00.00|
|3x3x3 Blindfolded||Final||Bo3||15:00.00 cumulative *|
|Clock||Final||Bo2 / Ao5||2:00.00||2 attempts to get < 30.00|
|Megaminx||Final||Bo2 / Ao5||5:00.00||2 attempts to get < 2:30.00|
|Pyraminx||First round||Ao5||5:00.00||Top 12 advance to next round|
|Square-1||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||3:00.00||2 attempts to get < 1:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
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Schedule for Saturday (February 04, 2023)
ALL COMPETITORS MUST READ THIS TAB BEFORE REGISTERING.
Before the competition, you will receive a card/nametag with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event in an email. We will be relying on competitors to help by judging whenever they are not competing. Judging is very easy and is a great way to make time fly!
We will provide a judging and competitor tutorial at the beginning of the day, right before the start of 3x3. This will allow anyone with questions about how to judge or compete to be properly prepared when they are expected to help or compete!
We will need help judging for the second/final rounds of events as we can not assign staff for those in advance. Spectators are encouraged to learn how to judge; you do not need to know how to cube in order to be a judge. Having enough judges ensures that we stay on schedule and are able to leave on time.
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:
This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know, however, it is still required that they are familar with the full set of regulations above.
If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor/judge tutorial the 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!
# Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?
A: Yes! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete. Please refer to section 3 of the WCA Regulations for more information on what puzzles are okay to use in competition. If you have any questions, please reach out!
Q: What is the competition like?
A: Competitions are a ton of fun! Competitions are a great opportuity to meet new cubers, make new friends, and be able to compete and get official times recognized by the World Cube Association. Competitions can be as social of an event as you would like them to be. The communitiy is extremely welcoming and you can always sit at any table and strike up a conversation with another cuber. They are great places to try new cubes as well, just in case you are looking to get a new main cube! Once you walk into the venue, you will most likely see your nametag at a check-in table. If you are a first-timer, you will be asked to verify your information on your registration (name, DOB, country). Once you grab your nametag, go ahead and find a seat and start cubing! There will be a competitor/judge tutorial, which can be found on the schedule. After that, we will begin with the first event and will be calling events up by group. Your group numbers can be found on the back of your nametag. After you compete in an event, you will most likely also be expected to help judge another group (typically the following group). Competitions are very self-sufficient, so we rely heavily on the assitance from other cubers and parents like you! Your assisgned helping groups should also be listed on the back of your nametag. Once you are done competing in your event, you can go back to your table and continnue to socialize! To see if you made it to the next round of an event, you can check your results.
Q: How do I find results?
A: For the day of competing, WCA Live will have all of the results manually entered throughout the day. Once on WCA Live, scroll to the competition in question and you're good to go! After the competition, official results will be posted typically within a few days to a week after the competition happens.
Q: How do I get a WCA ID?
After official results are posted after the competitions (see question above), you will receive an email with information on your WCA ID.
Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?
A: Make sure you pay you registration fee in order to be eligible to be placed on the competitor list. If the competitor limit has been reached by the time your registration is completed, you will be placed onto a waitlist, which is listed in the order of when competitors pay. If you are not advanced from the waitlist before the waittlist closes (date found on Register tab), you will be issued a full refund.
Q: What is the typical 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: Are there age divisions?
A: Nope! All cometitors compete in the same groups.
Q: Is there anything else I should know before attending my first competition?
A: Yes! Attending your first competition can come with a lot of nerves, so try and focus on having fun and meeting new people. If you aren't as fast as Max Park or Feliks Zemdegs, just remember that all cubers faster than you have been at your speed at some point! I also point people to Mats Valk's WCA Profile since he started competing whe he averaged well over a minute and now averages 6-7 seconds. People often do slightly worse in competition than at home too, so don't beat yourself up if you don't do as well as you had hoped! Once you lock in your first set of results, you'll have new personal records to break and goals to achieve at every new competition! If you plan on bringing any of your own puzzles, we highly rercommend marking them somehow (sharpie mark under a center cap or something similar) or keeping them in a box/bag. It happens far too often that many cubers bring a bunch of puzzles, put them on a table unattended, and accidentally take someone elses' puzzle, thinking it was theirs. It's easy to lose track of a single puzzle, especially since so many of them look the same at first glance!
Centennial Center Exhibit Hall
2300 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99501
Airport: The closest airport is Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). This is approximately a 10-minute drive from the venue.
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This competition will be sponsored by TheCubicle! They will be providing gift-card prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in every event. They will not be selling puzzles onsite.
Gift card prizes will be given out to all who place in the top 3 of each event.
Below is a link to the waitlist for this competition. If you get off the waitlist, you will receive an email indicating that your registration was approved. The waitlist is in the order in which we received payment for your registration. Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 3:00 PM AKDT. After this point, if you are still on the waitlist you will receive a full refund of your registration fee. There will be no exceptions for moving up on the waitlist.
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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.