Hastings Open 2018

Jun 2 - 3, 2018
Hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom

White Rock Theatre

16 White Rock, Hastings TN34 1JY, UK

Sussex Hall

Organization team
Charlie Stark, Harry Savage, and Robert Yau
WCA Delegates
Daniel Sheppard, David Lim, and James Molloy

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Main event
Registration period

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Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 100 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is £14.95 (British Pound).

Make sure to register and pay for the competition to be accepted. This fee is non-refundable as it represents a commitment to attending 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 have any problems check out the FAQ, or feel free to contact us.

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Harry Savage won with an average of 8.52 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Robert Yau finished second (9.13) and Karam Al-Robaie finished third (10.29).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Harry Savage 7.18 8.52 United Kingdom
2x2x2 Cube Amaan Omar 2.31 2.65 United Kingdom 2.915.982.402.312.65
4x4x4 Cube Robert Yau 32.76 34.77 United Kingdom 34.8932.7634.4637.1134.97
5x5x5 Cube Robert Yau 51.88 58.53 United Kingdom 1:04.5754.9158.881:01.7951.88
3x3x3 Blindfolded Ben Ridley 51.99 DNF United Kingdom DNFDNF51.99
3x3x3 One-Handed Robert Yau 13.11 15.02 United Kingdom 14.3713.1114.2417.4116.46
Clock Sam Spendla 6.00 7.38 United Kingdom 6.008.27DNF6.177.69
Megaminx Eli Jay 48.38 51.19 NR United Kingdom 50.5053.9053.4248.3849.66
Pyraminx Harry Savage 2.58 2.93 NR United Kingdom 3.412.702.694.542.58
Square-1 Charlie Stark 7.16 8.85 United Kingdom 10.778.418.267.169.87
5x5x5 Blindfolded Ben Ridley 8:47.49 DNF United Kingdom 8:47.49DNFDNF
3x3x3 With Feet Ben Ridley 29.14 NR 34.70 NR United Kingdom 34.8231.8639.5229.1437.42
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 3:00.00 Top 64 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 12 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
Clock First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 20 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Megaminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 4:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00 Top 20 advance to next round
Final Ao5 4:00.00
Pyraminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00 Top 24 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 1:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:00.00
Square-1 First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 20 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 1:30.00 Top 10 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 50:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 With Feet First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 8 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:00.00


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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. We cannot offer refunds if you can no longer attend as paying the registration fee is a commitment contract.

Q: How fast do I have to be to compete?
A: We recommend that you check out the Events 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 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 or black bin bags 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!
  • 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.


The competition will be held in the Sussex Hall of the White Rock Theatre. The entrance to the theatre is on the seafront opposite the pier. The Sussex Hall is on the lower level via the stairs just inside the entrance.


Car: The venue has no allocated car park but there are various town centre car parks within a short distance.
Bus: There are local services with a bus stop right outside the venue.
Train: Hastings is on two trainlines from London (Victoria and Charing Cross) with trains every 30 minutes. There are also trains from Brighton and Ashford. The venue is about a 10 minute walk from the station.
Plane: Gatwick is the closest airport and is on the direct trainline to Hastings.


The venue is next to the White Rock Hotel, although there are other alternatives close by including a Travelodge about 10 minutes from the venue.
White Rock Hotel

Round: All competitors will compete in Round 1 for each event they are registered for.
Proceed: This shows how many people move onto the next round for the event.
Format: The format of the round: B = "Best of", A = "Average of", M = "Mean of". If the round has two formats (B2/A5 or B1/M3) that means there is a cutoff for the round.
Cutoff: You must achieve a single time under this time in one of your first two solves to complete the average of 5. If the format is mean of 3, then the cutoff applies after 1 solve.
Time Limit: If you take longer than this on a single solve you will be stopped, and given a DNF result for that attempt.
Cumulative: All solves for the round must be completed within this time. For example if the total time is 10 minutes and you take 4 minutes for the first attempt, you will have 6 minutes left for your remaining attempts.

Saturday - 2nd June

Time Event Round Proceed Format Cutoff Time Limit
08:45 Registration Opens [ALL DAY]
09:00 Introduction to Competing
09:15 2x2 1 Combined Final - B2/A5 00:30 01:00
10:05 Megaminx 1 Combined First 20 B2/A5 02:30 04:00
10:55 Square-1 1 Combined First 20 B2/A5 00:45 01:30
11:45 Lunch
12:30 5x5 Blindfolded 1 Final - B3 - 50:00 Cumulative
13:35 5x5 1 Combined Final - B2/A5 02:30 04:00
14:50 Clock 1 Combined First 20 B2/A5 00:30 01:00
15:35 Megaminx 2 Final - A5 - 04:00
16:15 Square-1 2 Second Round 10 A5 - 01:30
16:45 4x4 1 Combined Final - B2/A5 01:30 03:00
18:00 Clock 2 Final - A5 - 01:00
18:35 Square-1 3 Final - A5 - 01:30
18:50 3x3 With Feet 1 Combined First 8 B2/A5 02:00 03:00
19:40 3x3 With Feet 2 Final - A5 - 03:00

Sunday - 3rd June

Time Event Round Proceed Format Cutoff Time Limit
08:45 Registration Opens [ALL DAY]
09:00 Introduction to Competing
09:15 3x3 1 Combined First 64 B2/A5 03:00 10:00
10:25 3x3 One-Handed 1 Combined First 24 B2/A5 00:45 01:30
11:25 Pyraminx 1 Combined First 24 B2/A5 00:30 01:00
12:25 Lunch
13:10 Mystery Event
14:00 3x3 Blindfolded 1 First Round 12 B3 - 10:00 Cumulative
14:45 3x3 2 Second Round 24 A5 - 10:00
15:30 Pyraminx 2 Second Round 12 A5 - 01:00
16:00 3x3 Blindfolded 2 Final - B3 - 10:00 Cumulative
16:15 3x3 One-Handed 2 Final - A5 - 01:30
16:45 Pyraminx 3 Final - A5 - 01:00
17:00 3x3 3 Final - A5 - 10:00
17:30 Awards

The following events are not being held:

  • 6x6
  • 7x7
  • 3x3 Fewest Moves
  • Skewb
  • 4x4 Blindfolded
  • 3x3 Multi-blind

Please Note: This is only a simplified schedule that does not show all the detail and should only be used as a rough guide. Please see the full schedule for all the detail.

Saturday - 2nd June

Time Event Round Proceed
08:45 Registration Opens [ALL DAY]
09:00 Introduction to Competing
09:15 2x2 1 -
10:05 Megaminx 1 20
10:55 Square-1 1 20
11:45 Lunch
12:30 5x5 Blindfolded 1 -
13:35 5x5 1 -
14:50 Clock 1 20
15:35 Megaminx 2 -
16:15 Square-1 2 10
16:45 4x4 1 -
18:00 Clock 2 -
18:35 Square-1 3 -
18:50 3x3 With Feet 1 8
19:40 3x3 With Feet 2 -

Sunday - 3rd June

Time Event Round Proceed
08:45 Registration Opens [ALL DAY]
09:00 Introduction to Competing
09:15 3x3 1 64
10:25 3x3 One-Handed 1 24
11:25 Pyraminx 1 24
12:25 Lunch
13:10 Mystery Event
14:00 3x3 Blindfolded 1 12
14:45 3x3 2 24
15:30 Pyraminx 2 12
16:00 3x3 Blindfolded 2 -
16:15 3x3 One-Handed 2 -
16:45 Pyraminx 3 -
17:00 3x3 3 -
17:30 Awards

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 use software to pick what groups you are in, and scramblers and judges for each group. This is the minimum amount you should be helping out, and we welcome those who want to help out more!

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


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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.

Hastings Open 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).


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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