Please Be Solved Vancouver 2022

Jul 23 - 24, 2022
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Life Building, UBC

6138 Student Union Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

LIFE 2214


Direct any questions to Vianne.

Kevin Matthews and Vianne Chang
WCA Delegates
Kevin Matthews and Vianne Chang
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.
  • Regular 3x3x3 will NOT be held at this competition.
  • You don't need to show up until shortly before your first event is started (but coming earlier to help out would be very much appreciated).
  • All competitors will be expected to help out in order for the event to run smoothly.
  • Cutoffs, advancement conditions, and event start times may change depending on registration totals - any changes will be emailed out to registered competitors in advance.
  • This competition has only blindfolded and fewest move events. Spectators and competitors must remain silent whenever anyone is competing, to allow for concentration.

Masks will not be required at this competition, but you are welcome to use one. Nor will we be seeking proof of vaccination status for competitors or guests. As an expected and still valuable courtesy, we simply ask that those experiencing any COVID-19 like symptoms or those with a recent positive COVID-19 test refrain from attending. Competitors may arrange with the organisational team for a full refund if they need to opt out due to the onset of illness or a positive test. Naturally we have a COVID-19 Information tab here on the website to share any useful considerations pertaining to personal wellness at the competition and as a place to communicate any additional changes to the new health order - if the government re-introduces restrictions such as proof of vaccination, we will update the website and email registered competitiors.

Spectators can attend for free. Being mindful of space, we require that each competitor bring at most 1 guest.

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 (Canadian Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 50% 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 on the Register tab.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators are only permitted as companions of competitors.

By registering, you indicate that you understand any health and safety measures listed on the website, and acknowledge that these may need to be updated in the lead up to the competition. If any changes are made, the website will be updated and registered competitors will be notified by email.

Spectators can attend for free. Being mindful of space, we require that each competitor bring at most 1 guest.

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Dylan Wang won with a single solve of 33.04 seconds in the 3x3x3 Blindfolded event. Kevin Matthews finished second (36.57) and Jayce Li finished third (1:46.26).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Blindfolded Dylan Wang 33.04 DNF Canada DNF33.0437.94
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Dylan Wang 27 31.67 Canada 293927
4x4x4 Blindfolded Dylan Wang 8:01.07 DNF Canada DNFDNF8:01.07
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Kevin Matthews 29/32 52:57 Canada 29/32 52:5730/34 56:3528/34 57:55
Event Round Format Time limit Proceed
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 30:00.00 cumulative * Top 75% advance to next round
Final Bo3 20:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 2:00:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo3 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (July 23, 2022)

From 09:30 AM
To 10:45 AM
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round
LIFE 2214
Time limit
30:00.00 cumulative *
Top 75% advance to next round
From 10:45 AM
To 12:10 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
LIFE 2214
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 12:10 PM
To 01:15 PM
LIFE 2214
From 01:15 PM
To 01:45 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
LIFE 2214
Time limit
20:00.00 cumulative *
From 02:05 PM
To 03:30 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1)
LIFE 2214
Time limit
1 hour
From 03:30 PM
To 04:50 PM
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
LIFE 2214
Time limit
1:00:00.00 cumulative *
From 04:50 PM
To 06:00 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 2)
LIFE 2214
Time limit
1 hour

Schedule for Sunday (July 24, 2022)

From 09:30 AM
To 10:55 AM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 2)
LIFE 2214
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 11:25 AM
To 12:30 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 3)
LIFE 2214
Time limit
1 hour
From 12:30 PM
To 01:20 PM
LIFE 2214
From 01:20 PM
To 03:50 PM
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
LIFE 2214
Time limit
2:00:00.00 cumulative *
From 03:50 PM
To 05:15 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 3)
LIFE 2214
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 05:15 PM
To 05:30 PM
Awards + Cleanup
LIFE 2214

New Competitors - Important Note

While this competition is most definitely open to first-time competitors, it is a quiet event competition and doesn't have the standard, more popular events, so you may be better off waiting for the next local competition to be announced. Having said that, if you still want to participate in your first competition here, please read on.

For those of you new to cubing, WELCOME!

We wanted to let you know this event is perfectly fine for cubers of any age and experience. We just ask you know a couple things before coming to compete...

First, please be familiar with the WCA Regulations and WCA Guidelines.

This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know.

To sign up, head over to the registration tab on the left, 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!

For those interested in more of the B.C cubing community, see Vancouver's own cubing facebook group. A PNW (Pacific Northwest) cubing facebook group also exists.


Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?
A: YES! You are responsible for having your own puzzle in order to compete. This means bringing your own cube, or arranging to borrow a cube from a friend. For blindfolded events, make sure it has no logos.

Q: What do I do when I walk in?
A: There is NO CHECK-IN. If you registered online, just have fun and hang out with other cubers. We will be calling people up, so just wait for your group to be announced. You don't need to show up until shortly before your first event - but don't be late.

Q: How do I find results?
A: All results are posted on the WCA page a few days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of competing, go to WCA Live to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about 2nd rounds of events. Remember, the results are entered by a human so please be patient if you do not see your results immediately.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?
A: Make sure you pay you entrance fee in order to be placed on the registered list, which will also guarantee you a spot in the competition. If payment may be any issue, or you are not sure if you can attend, use the contact button to talk to us, and see if we can work out another payment strategy, or have you pay on arrival at the compeition. No matter what your situation may be however, please register online. Additionally, registrations are approved manually by a person so please be patient.

Q: Are there age divisions?
A: Nope! All competitors compete together.

Q: And my guests? What will they do?
A: They will cheer you on, be your moral support and help with your photos and filming. Spectators can enter for free, but each competitor is only allowed to bring one guest. Guests are expected to give priority round table seating to cubers, but there will be seats for guests in the hall. All spectators (and competitors) also must remain silent during the blind events in the morning to allow competitors to concentrate.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?
A: Yup! Cubing is great, and we hope you enjoy the competition!

Competition Duties

Particularly if you are newer to competing or to judging or need that refresher after being out of competitions for so long, please read the WCA Competition Tutorial before coming to the competition to learn for the first time or simply be reminded as a more experienced competitor about the procedures for both competing and judging.

This is a relatively small competition, and we will need everyone to help out, even for events they're not participating in when reasonable. Keeping the venue as tidy as possible will be a great help as well, so please help clean up before you leave if possible.

Serving in these essential roles makes for a smooth and excellently run competition for all. Thank You!


Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z1

The competition will be held in LIFE 2214 on the second floor of the building.


Parking information can be found here.

Public Transit

UBC is accessible by many buses and the venue is less than a 5 minute walk from the UBC bus loop/exchange. Due to construction and other unforeseen circumstances, buses may be delayed. Please check Translink's alerts and plan your trip accordingly.


There are many restaurants within walking distance from the venue including on the first floor of the Life building and in the Nest building right next door.

Any changes to the information below will be noted on this page and sent to registered competitors via email.

Masks will be optional and we will not be seeking proof of vaccination status of any registered competitor or guest in the venue at this time.

Any competitor or guest who has had a recent positive COVID-19 test or is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, nausea, etc. should NOT attend this competition. If you need to cancel your registration due to the onset of any COVID-19 symptoms and/or testing positive for COVID-19 (cough, fever, chills, nausea, etc) even on the weekend of the competition, let us, your organisers, know and we will arrange a FULL refund for you.

When not competing, competitors and spectators can show consideration to others by whenever possible maintaining a 3 ft distance from others.

You are encouraged not to frequently swap and share puzzles with other competitors.

Hand sanitizer and disinfection wipes will be widely available for use at the competitor's pleasure.

The competition will be using a fixed seating system when feasible (depending on group size and judge availability), rather than a standard waiting area. This means when competing, competitors will complete all attempts in one sitting with the same judge, instead of being called to a different station for each attempt.

The organisational team will be overseeing procedures that relate to cleanliness, such as utilising sanitizer at intervals and wiping down solving stations at points throughout the day.

Note that the above healthy practices are guided by the WCA which maintains a temporary guidelines webpage.

Newer Regulations

You can find a full summary of the newer (as of June 2022) WCA regulations here.

Two that we wish to highlight for this competition are:

1) The competitor must have no physical contact with the puzzle cover while starting the attempt on Blindfolded events. This is analogous to not having physical contact with the puzzle when starting a sighted event.
2) Require the competitor to finish signing (not just for the judge to finish signing) before the competitor may reset the timer.

This competition will be sponsored by TheCubicle, who will be providing gift-card prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in 3x3 Blindfolded and 1st place in every other event. If you haven't checked out their store already, either click HERE or the logo below.

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 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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