Mind Games 2017

Jan 28, 2017
Wellington, New Zealand

ASB Sports Centre

72 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022, New Zealand

Matairangi Room

Mind Games 2017 website


James Macdiarmid and Joshua Brungar
WCA Delegate
Alex Asbery

Mind Games 2017 is an official World Cube Association (WCA) sanctioned speedcubing competition. It is focused on some of the more mentally demanding events, that are given less of a focus in normal competitions - blindfolded and fewest moves solving, specifically.

The competition is open to all competitors regardless of experience or skill, but there is a competitor limit of 60 people (FMC will have a limit of 25 competitors), due to venue constraints. There will also be event-based time limits in place, to ensure we stay on schedule, especially given the time taken by fewest moves solving. No prior experience in WCA competitions is necessary, but competitors should be familiar with the WCA regulations.

Main event
Registration requirements
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The base registration fee for this competition is $0.15 (New Zealand Dollar).
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James Macdiarmid won with an average of 11.32 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Oliver Jenks finished second (11.65) and Alex Asbery finished third (13.21).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube James Macdiarmid 9.96 11.32 New Zealand 9.9613.0610.3710.6812.92
4x4x4 Cube Alex Asbery 36.96 NR 45.00 NR New Zealand 44.0644.6046.3336.9650.18
5x5x5 Cube Alex Asbery 1:30.91 1:34.36 New Zealand 1:34.851:48.901:32.891:30.911:35.35
6x6x6 Cube Alex Asbery 2:58.22 3:19.23 New Zealand 2:58.223:35.703:23.78
3x3x3 Blindfolded Tom Nelson 39.68 NR 46.70 New Zealand 39.6847.9052.53
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Tom Nelson 26 NR 29.00 NR New Zealand 292632
Megaminx Christian Houghton 1:06.56 NR 1:12.63 New Zealand 1:12.401:15.561:06.56DNF1:09.92
4x4x4 Blindfolded Tom Nelson 3:10.67 DNF New Zealand DNF3:22.863:10.67
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Tom Nelson 26/31 57:51 NR New Zealand 26/31 57:51
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
Final Ao5 10:00.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 3:00.00
6x6x6 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 10:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 10:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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).


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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