Maryland 2018

Jun 30 - Jul 1, 2018
College Park, Maryland, United States

Adele H. Stamp Student Union

3100 Adele H. Stamp Student Union, College Park, MD 20742

Saturday: Grand Ballroom, Room 1206. Sunday: Atrium

Organization team
Dan Selzer, Pavan Ravindra, and Tommy Szeliga
WCA Delegates
Corey Sakowski and Keaton Ellis

Please read the "Competitor Information" tab before registering.

Please note that on Sunday 7/1 there is no scheduled lunch period. Please be aware of this should you sign up for any of the events held on that day.

This competition is recognized as an official World Cube Association competition. Therefore, all competitors should be familiar with the WCA regulations. If you are new to competing, you may want to look at CubingUSA's Competitor Tutorial.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 300 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $15 (United States Dollar).

There is a 300 competitor limit for Maryland 2018, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration is $15, must be paid online via Stripe, and is nonrefundable after June 23rd. Spectators come in for free. Registration is not final until payment is complete and your name appears on the competitor list. Registration is FREE for UMD students/faculty/staff/alumni ONLY.


Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Keaton Ellis won with an average of 8.21 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Tanzer Balimtas finished second (8.49) and Phillip Lewicki finished third (8.60).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Keaton Ellis 7.46 8.21 United States 10.417.568.567.468.50
4x4x4 Cube Yi-Fan Wu (吳亦凡) 26.56 27.67 Chinese Taipei 26.6428.4427.9226.5630.83
5x5x5 Cube Brandon Nunez 54.61 57.55 United States 58.841:03.1657.8355.9954.61
3x3x3 Blindfolded Liam Chen 26.77 41.96 United States 26.771:09.4829.63
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Christopher Chi 25 26.67 United States 252827
3x3x3 One-Handed Keaton Ellis 11.52 12.36 United States 16.4712.9111.5212.3911.79
Square-1 Rowe Hessler 6.84 8.90 United States 7.706.849.649.799.36
4x4x4 Blindfolded Neel Gore 3:31.79 DNF United States DNFDNF3:31.79
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Neel Gore 23/29 1:00:00 United States 23/29 1:00:00
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 80 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 20 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:15.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 16 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 20 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
Square-1 First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 20 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

6/30 (Saturday)
* 3x3 Speedsolve: (3 rounds)
* 4x4 Speedsolve: (1 round)
* 5x5 Speedsolve: (1 round)
* 3x3 One-Handed: (2 rounds)
* Square-1: (2 rounds)
* 3x3 Blindfolded: (1 round)

7/1 (Sunday)
* 4x4 Blindfolded: (1 round)
* 3x3 Multiple Blindfolded: (1 round)
* 3x3 Fewest Moves: (1 round, 3 attempts)

Tentative on Saturday:
3x3 Blindfolded Round 2
4x4 Round 2

Saturday, June 30: Grand Ballroom

Event Time Cutoff Time Limit Format Advancing
Registration 8:20 AM
New Competitor Tutorial 8:40 AM
3x3 First Round 9:00 AM N/A 10:00 Average of 5 Top 80
3x3 Blindfolded Final 10:30 AM N/A 10:00 Cumulative Best of 3
3x3 One-Handed Combined First Round 11:30 AM 0:45 1:30 Best of 2 / Average of 5 Top 20
Lunch 12:30 PM
3x3 Round 2 1:00 PM N/A 10:00 Average of 5 Top 20
4x4 Combined Final 1:30 PM 1:15 2:30 Best of 2 / Average of 5
Square-1 Combined First Round 2:30 PM 0:45 1:30 Best of 2 / Average of 5 Top 20
5x5 Combined Final 3:30 PM 2:00 3:00 Best of 2 / Average of 5
Square-1 Final 4:30 PM N/A 1:30 Average of 5
3x3 One-Handed Final 5:00 PM N/A 1:30 Average of 5
3x3 Final 5:15 PM N/A 10:00 Average of 5
Buffer/Awards 5:30-6:00 PM

Sunday, July 1: Atrium

Event Time Cutoff Time Limit Format
Registration 11:00 AM
3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1) 11:30 AM N/A 60:00 and 80 moves Best of 3
4x4 Blindfolded Final 12:40 PM N/A 60:00 Cumulative Best of 3
3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 2) 1:40 PM N/A 60:00 and 80 moves Best of 3
3x3 Multiple Blindfolded Final 2:50 PM N/A 10:00/cube up to 60:00 Best of 1
3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 3) 4:00 PM N/A 60:00 and 80 moves Best of 3
Awards 5:10 PM
Buffer 5:30-6:00 PM

The schedule is subject to change without notice.

Travel and Venue Information



Notice that parking is free on weekends. This is ONLY if you park in Lot 1, which, from Stamp, is past the Cole Student Activities Building. Notice that in that parking lot, not everything is part of Lot 1, so make sure you park somewhere that is part of Lot 1 if you do not want to get ticketed. The very colorful green area at the top is where you want to be:

NOTE: The competition is being held in the Grand Ballroom AND Colony Ballroom, which are in different locations. The Grand Ballroom is Room 1206, which is on the first floor, number 43 on this map. The Colony Ballroom is Room 2203, located on the second floor, number 50, on this map.

HOTELS: There are multiple hotels located on Route 1(Best Western, Hampton Inn, Clarion, College Park Marriott, and more) located less than five minutes away from the venue.


If you are a first time competitor, please read this section carefully. If you are a returning competitor, please skip to the next section.


There are multiple things a first-timer must know before competing. All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. There is a video here for the basic overview of the rules.

In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition. Huge thanks to Olivér Perge and Niki Placskó for the document!


Please read this section carefully. Changes in organization have been made modeled off of Hungarian competitions in Europe. When you arrive, you will receive a lanyard with personalized information detailing your events and what group you will be competing in for each event. In addition, you will also have staff assignments on your lanyard. Every competitor is expected to help out this competition. The card will look somewhat like the following:

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* S - scrambling
* R - running
* J - judging

Please note that everyone is expected to help only during the events they are registered for, and everyone need only help for one group per event. If you do not arrive to help during your scheduled event, and there are not enough staff members, we reserve the right to disqualify you from competing.

We are glad to be sponsored by, who will be providing prize support for podium members!

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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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