Niner Nation Open 2023

Jan 15, 2023
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

UNC Charlotte Popp Martin Student Union

8845 Craver Rd Charlotte, North Carolina USA

Room 340 ABDE

Organization team
Andreas Lambropoulos, Antonio Bonessi, Dalton Padgett, Nathan Smith, Roxana Johnson, and Silas Starling
WCA Delegates
Cady Shields, Jacob Ambrose, Katie Hull, Raymond Goslow, and Zachary Ochs
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

Please always include your name and competition name in any email that you send to us.
All competitors must read the "Competitor Information" tab prior to registering.
Please read all tabs prior to the competition and regularly check your email for updates from us. All contact will be made by email.

Only one guest per competitor will be allowed. Competitors ages 16 and older are encouraged to come alone.

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Registration requirements
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 $20 (United States Dollar).
The registration fee has to be paid through Stripe here once registered.
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 90% of your registration fee.
Registrants on the waiting list may be accepted onto the competitor list until .
If you are a registered competitor you may change your registered events until by contacting the organization team.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators are only permitted as companions of competitors.

  • To register for this competition, you must pay in full in advance through Stripe. Your registration is not complete until you pay.
  • To cancel your registration, please email the organizers with your name telling them you want to cancel your registration.
  • After the competition reaches 80 competitors, a waitlist will be created. You must pay to be placed on the waitlist. If you are at the top of the waitlist and someone cancels their registration, you will receive an email from the organizers. You must confirm your registration within 24 hours of receiving the email to compete. If no response is heard from you, the next person on the waiting list will be offered your spot.
  • After the competition, all competitors on the waiting list will recieve a refund for the registration cost minus tax.
  • If the competition reaches its competitor limit and when registration closes, no additional registrations will be accepted. No exceptions.
  • If you are interested in being on staff for this competition please email the Organization Team. Staff will be refunded after the competition.

Only one guest per competitor will be permitted.

Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 48 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
4x4x4 Cube First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:00.00
Clock First round Ao5 2:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00
Square-1 First round Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 45.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 2:00.00

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Schedule for Sunday (January 15, 2023)

From 08:00 AM
To 08:30 AM
Competitor Check-In
Room 340 ABDE
From 08:30 AM
To 08:45 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
Room 340 ABDE
From 08:45 AM
To 10:15 AM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
Top 48 advance to next round
From 10:15 AM
To 11:15 AM
2x2x2 Cube First round
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 11:15 AM
To 12:15 PM
Clock First round
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
Top 12 advance to next round
From 12:15 PM
To 01:00 PM
Room 340 ABDE
From 01:00 PM
To 02:20 PM
4x4x4 Cube First round
Room 340 ABDE
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
Top 16 advance to next round
From 02:20 PM
To 03:05 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 03:05 PM
To 04:05 PM
Square-1 First round
Room 340 ABDE
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 45.00
Top 12 advance to next round
From 04:05 PM
To 04:20 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
From 04:20 PM
To 04:40 PM
4x4x4 Cube Final
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
From 04:40 PM
To 05:00 PM
Clock Final
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
From 05:00 PM
To 05:20 PM
Square-1 Final
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
From 05:20 PM
To 05:40 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Room 340 ABDE
Time limit
From 05:40 PM
To 06:10 PM
Awards/ Clean Up
Room 340 ABDE


Room Details:
Located on the 3rd floor of the student union, just across from the central staircase. Elevators will be towards the entrance to the food court behind the main staircase

Union Deck (Floors 4-6)

On campus options:
Wendy's (First Floor Student Union)
Bojangles (First Floor Student Union)
Starbucks (First Floor Student Union)

Nearby options (Right beside the Harris Teeter on University City Blvd less than a mile away):
Moe's Southwest Grill

CLT International Airport is about 15 miles from the venue location that most major airlines travel to.
Concord-Padgett Regional Airport is 8 miles from the venue that several budget airlines travel to.

All Competitors

Competitor Check-In and Tutorial
Competitors should check in between 8:00-8:30AM. This is where you will receive your nametag.
The Competitor Tutorial is mandatory for new competitors (and parents) and strongly reccommended for all competitors. The Competitor Tutorial is at 8:30 AM.

Expectations and Clarifications

  • You are expected to be familiar with the WCA Regulations and Guidelines. Article A is most important for speedsolving events
  • You are expected to help judge. You should judge for at least one group of every event you compete in. You may be assigned to judge throughout the day. You may be disqualified if you refuse to judge when asked.
  • If you want a refresher on how to compete or judge, you can read the WCA Competitor Tutorial.
  • You must NOT talk about scrambles or what specific algorithm(s) you did while the event is still in progress. This is considered cheating and grounds for disqualification (Regulation 2g3)
  • Make sure all screens of any cameras or phones you have on the table are facing away from you and do not touch them during the attempt; otherwise, this will result in a DNF (Regulation 2i2). Electronic/bluetooth cubes (ex. Giiker cube, GOcube, GAN356i) are not permitted under the same regulation.
  • Please treat the venue with respect. Pick up any trash, and leave the venue better than how you found it.
  • We are not responsible for your belongings or puzzles. Keep track of your own belongings/puzzles and be respectful of others and their belongings.


  • Only one guest is allowed per competitor. However, no prior registration is required for guests.
  • Flash photography is NOT allowed in the venue, as it is very distracting.

Live Results & Schedule

  • You can find live results for the competition on WCA Live. A few days after the competition, the results will be uploaded to WCA officially.
  • We reserve the right to alter the schedule in any way. We may alter the number of competitors proceeding to the next round. We may eliminate a round altogether. This all depends on if we run ahead or behind of the planned schedule.
  • We may start a round early. Please make sure you are at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to an event you are competing in.
  • We will be using regulation 9p3 for all final rounds. If you are not present when a final starts, you will be withdrawn from that final.

COVID-19 Safety
We strongly recommend being vaccinated for COVID-19 (and Influenza) prior to the competition. Wearing a mask during the competition is recommended.
You may not attend this competition if you have had COVID-19 in the last 10 days prior to the competition.
The Organizers, WCA, and venue do not hold any responsibility or liability if you become ill. You are attending this competition at your own risk.

People You Should Know
Your WCA Delegates for this competition are Cady Shields and Zachary Ochs. Ask them if you have any questions throughout the day!

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!
We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations, found here:

In accordance with the WCA Competition Safety Policy, competing procedures will be altered. We will go over those changes during the Competitor Tutorial in the morning. However, this video will help explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know. It is highly suggested that parents watch this video as well.

A written competitor tutorial can be found here.

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial in 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!


  • Please bring some form of identification. This will be used to verify your name, birthday, and nationality. (something like a passport or school ID).
  • Please be familiar with all of WCA's regulations, most importantly Article A. If you have any questions about the regulations, feel free to ask us.
  • In each event we will have rounds. We will take the top competitors on to the subsequent rounds. After a round is completed, results will be entered into WCA Live. Your name will be highlighted if you made it to the next round.
  • Each round will be divided into groups to help them run more efficiently. We will call the groups in order. Please bring your solved puzzle up to the station with your scorecard. We are allowed to deny you the ability to compete if you do not come up when your assigned group is called.

Click the FAQ tab to find the answers to commonly asked questions.

Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?
A: YES! You are responsible providing your own hardware in order to compete.

Q: What are some examples of puzzles that are not allowed?
A: Electronic cubes (such as Giiker, GOcube, or GAN356i), carbon fiber stickers, significantly damaged stickers, faces missing stickers (note: completely stickerless cubes are allowed), and/or cubes missing pieces. Please see Article 3 of the regulations for more details.

Q: Are spectators allowed?
A: Competitors are permitted to bring one guest (i.e. a parent) with them to the competition. Competitors ages 16 and older are encouraged to come alone to limit the number of people in the venue. Spectators who are not accompying a competitor are not permitted.

Q: I have a question, who should I contact?
A: If you have any questions about this competition, please email the organizers and be sure to include your name in the email.

Q: What is the average age of competitors at these events?
A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 25 years old. Don't let this stop you though - everyone can and should cube! There will be competitors of all ages present.

Q: How fast do you have to be to compete?
A: If you can solve the standard 3x3x3 Cube in under 10 minutes, then you should compete! Other events often have cutoffs or time limits. Please see the Events Tab to learn about those events.

Q: What is the competition like?
A: Competitions are a bunch of tables where nerds like us get to sit and discuss our favorite thing - cubes! Of course there is also competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants' new personal bests. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into groups, as to better organize who competes when. (Check the Groups tab and listen at the competition for more info on this.)

Q: How do I find results?
A: All results are posted on the WCA page a couple days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of the competition, go to WCA Live to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about the 2nd and 3rd rounds of events. Results have to be entered in by hand and will not appear immediately on WCA Live; please be patient with us as we work to upload results as quickly as possible.

Q: Why am I not on the competitors list yet?
A: Registrations must be approved manually, so please give us time to accept your registration. Registration is likely to fill very quickly for this competition. Registrations are accepted in the order of payment. A waitlist will form once 120 registrants have paid. Even if you register the same day that registration opens, the competition might already be full. If you have additional concerns please email us.

Q: Are there age or gender divisions?
A: Nope! All competitors compete in the same division.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?
A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!

Live results can be found on WCA Live.

The Group Sheet for the competition will be uploaded here before the competition.

Results from the competition will be submitted and uploaded officially to WCA within a week after the competition.

Keep up with the latest cubing happenings in the Southeast by connecting with us on social media!

Cubing Southeast Facebook group:
WCA - Southeast, USA Discord server:

If you would like to be added to a mailing list to be notified about future North Carolina competitions, please fill out this form.
Anyone can join the mailing list; we encourage parents/guardians to join as well. This mailing list is run by local Delegates and therefore is not official.

This competition is sponsored by theCubicle! They will provide gift card codes to the podium!

If you are at the top of the waiting list and someone cancels their registration, you will receive an email from the organizers. The email address that will be used is the one linked to your WCA account. Please make sure that the email linked to your WCA account is one you check regularly. You must confirm your registration within 24 hours of receiving the email to compete. If no response is heard from you, the next person on the waiting list will be offered the spot.This policy is outlined under Registration Requirements on the website.

After the competition, those who were on the waiting list but didn't get a spot will be refunded.

Below are the first 20 people on the waitlist in order:
1. Landon Tuttle
2. Samuel Rogers
3. Jadon Medina
4. Benson Kim
5. Jakub Zytka
6. David Yoder
7. Andy Liu
8. William Patrick Boland
9. Julian Carter
10. Ella Deroy
11. Alex Pham
12. Konrad Julian Jefferson Krafft
13. Heerak Shah
14. Jack Kasper
15. Alex Paschal
16. Cullen McCoy
17. Aaron Hensler
18. Rayaan Maiti
19. Gabriel Sacks
20. Caroline Pope
Keep an eye on your emails!

If you are below the top 20, you are very unlikely to get a spot. And if you are in the top 20, you are not guaranteed a spot.
Future competitions will be announced on the WCA website as soon as they are ready to become public.

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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