Pi Berkeley Quiet 2020

Mar 14, 2020
Berkeley, California, United States

Private residence near UC Berkeley campus

Berkeley, CA 94704

Private residence. Please contact the organizers for more information.

Organization team
Abhimanyu Singhal (अभिमन्यु सिंघल), Andrew Nguyen, and Brandon Harnish
WCA Delegates
Brandon Harnish and Michael Chai (柴天方)
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This is not a standard competition. It is not advised to come spectate.

This competition will only have two attempts of Multi-Blind, one Fewest Moves mean of 3, and an unofficial round of Team Blindfolded.

Non-FMC competitors will be expected to judge FMC and/or scramble for Multi-Blind.

Multi-Blind competitors are permitted to withhold three 3x3x3 cubes from their Multi-Blind Attempt 2 puzzle submission to use for Fewest Moves Attempt 3.

Main event
Registration period

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Registration requirements
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There is a competitor limit of 25 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $15 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.

Multi-Blind competitors: in the comments of your registration, please indicate an approximate number of cubes and time for each Multi-Blind attempt.

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Ryan Jew won with a mean of 40.33 moves in the 3x3x3 Fewest Moves event. Cary Huang finished second (41.00) and Abhimanyu Singhal finished third (41.00).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Ryan Jew 33 40.33 United States 334048
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Cary Huang 10/11 54:26 United States 9/12 1:00:0010/11 54:26
Event Round Format Time limit Proceed
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo2 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (March 14, 2020)

From 09:30 AM
To 10:00 AM
Setup and submit numbers/puzzles for Multi-Blind Attempt 1
Living Room
From 10:00 AM
To 11:30 AM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
Living Room
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 11:30 AM
To 12:30 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1)
Living Room
Time limit
1 hour
From 12:30 PM
To 01:15 PM
Living Room
From 01:15 PM
To 02:15 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 2)
Living Room
Time limit
1 hour
From 02:15 PM
To 03:15 PM
Team Blindfolded
Living Room
From 03:00 PM
To 03:15 PM
Submit numbers/puzzles for Multi-Blind Attempt 2
Living Room
From 03:15 PM
To 04:15 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 3)
Living Room
Time limit
1 hour
From 04:15 PM
To 05:45 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 2)
Living Room
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 05:45 PM
To 06:00 PM
Living Room

This event will be held at a private residence near UC Berkeley. It is generally difficult to find parking in Berkeley, so public transport is the best option. The west end of campus is not far from the downtown Berkeley BART stop. Street parking is scarce and not recommended, but there are city-run parking garages, namely one at Channing and Telegraph.

Arriving by plane:
The nearest airport is Oakland International (OAK), about 30 minutes away from campus by car or plan for an hour and a half by public transport. Uber can be a good choice from the airport.

By car:
As mentioned, parking is pretty difficult to find in Berkeley. The easist place to park is Underhill Parking Structure, around 3 blocks away from main campus. Parking on the street is occasionally available, but it is not reccomeneded that you bank on this option.

By public transport:
If coming by BART, get off at the Downtown Berkeley station, then follow Center Street until you arrive at the university. If you are considering taking the AC transit or other bus option, get off at the Bancroft and Telegraph stop and you're already on campus.

There are several options nearby and everybody should have ample time to get food and come back. Unlike previous competitions, this competition will be providing lunch to all competitors.

To new competitors or those of you who have no knowledge of blindfolded events/fewest moves challenge:

This competition will have no "normal" events! The only event at this competition where you are permitted to solve a puzzle with your eyes opened will be Fewest Moves Challenge, but the end goal of this event makes it very different from the more common WCA events. The one thing these events all have in common: everybody is required to stay very quiet while anybody else is competing (hence the competition name).
If it is your first time competing in Fewest Moves or any blindfolded event, please make sure you are familiar with the WCA regulations regarding these events before the day of the competition. The regulations can be found below:

Blind solving: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#article-B-blindfolded
Fewest Moves solving: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#article-E-fewest-moves
Multi-Blind solving: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#article-H-multiple-blindfolded

If you are coming as a non-competing guest, make sure to remain quiet out of respect for the competitors. Any noise or distractions can ruin an attempt for someone, so anybody causing major disruptions during Fewest Moves or any of the blindfolded events will be asked to leave.

Team Blindfolded Information

Team Blindfolded is an event where a team of two competitors cooperatively solve the 3x3 cube. One competitor, the "caller," communicates what moves to do to the other competitor, the "solver," who performs the moves.

We will follow the Regulations of Speedcubing Extra Events, available here: https://speedcubingextraevents.org/Regulations#tbld

We will hopefully separate partners to different tables, but, if that is not logistically possible, we expect pairs to make the best effort to not eavesdrop on adjacent teams. Again, we are trusting you not to cheat. This is 100% for fun.

Cutoff and time limit: We will have a 5:00 minute time limit per solve for this event.

The first 6 teams who sign up (via commenting with the name and WCA ID of their teammate in their registration) will get to compete. In order to compete, you must be available to judge and scramble for Team Blind.

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 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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