Princeton Fall 2018

Sep 29, 2018
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Princeton Day School

650 Great Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540

Campus Center (First set of entrances as you drive along main loop)


Organizer Contact

Peter Teti
WCA Delegates
Corey Sakowski and Sam Schultz

This competition is sponsored by The Cubicle!
The Cubicle will be present to provide prizes to winners and will also be vending at the competition.

This competition will be held at Princeton Day School, and proceeds will go toward the PDS Cube Club. Please be sure to read the Registration Requirements, as well as the Competitor Information tab.


T-Shirts will be available both for preorder and for sale at the event. The shirts' design will be posted shortly.

Lunch, snacks, and drinks will be available throughout the competition.

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
This competition is over, click here to display the registration requirements it used.
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 125 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $20 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 100% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.

Any requested changes to registration before registration closes will be honored. Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list. If you believe you paid and your name isn't showing up, please contact us so that we can assist you.

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Daniel Karnaukh won with an average of 7.94 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Daniel Rose-Levine finished second (8.00) and Luigi Soriano finished third (8.79).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Daniel Karnaukh 7.24 7.94 United States 8.087.917.827.248.25
4x4x4 Cube Daniel Karnaukh 30.56 33.62 United States 32.3330.5634.3834.1435.97
3x3x3 Blindfolded Liam Chen 23.72 DNF United States 24.8523.72DNF
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Ishaan Lal 28 United States 28
3x3x3 One-Handed AJ Kamal 12.68 13.96 United States 13.9412.6813.9816.1213.96
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Ishaan Lal 8/9 55:21 United States 8/9 55:21
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
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:30.00
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 Bo1 1 hour
3x3x3 One-Handed Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:30.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

The competitor limit for this competition (125) has been reached.

Registration has also closed, as the waitlist has become very large.

If you are on the registration list and find that you cannot make it, please let us know! We will refund your registration fee and let another competitor onto the list. We want to allow as many people to compete as we possibly can.

The deadline for this is Sunday, September 23, 2018, 8:00 PM EDT. No refunds will be given to registered competitors past this point. We also reserve the right to close registration if the waitlist grows large enough.

On Sunday, September 23, 2018, 8:00 PM EDT, if you are still on the waitlist and you have paid, your registration fee will be refunded. So, you will not lose your fee if you never make it to the competitors' list.

Event Format Round Cutoff Time Time Limit Proceeding
3x3x3 Cube Average of 5 First Round 10:00 Top 48
Average of 5 Second Round 10:00 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 10:00
4x4x4 Cube Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined First Round 1:30 3:00 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 3:00
3x3x3 Blindfolded Best of 3 First Round 10:00 Cumulative Top 16
Best of 3 Final 10:00 Cumulative
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Best of 1 Final 60:00
3x3x3 One-Handed Best of 2 / Average of 5 Combined First Round 1:00 2:30 Top 16
Average of 5 Final 2:30
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Best of 1 Final 10:00 per cube, up to 60:00

Cutoff- Rounds with a cutoff will have an additional best of 2 (best of 1 for 6x6 and 7x7) format where competitors will have 2 attempts to achieve a time under the cutoff. If the comeptitor does then they will be awarded more attempts to compelete the average.

Time Limit - Any attempt in the round exceeding this time will be awarded a DNF. For "WCA" Time limits, it is dependent on the regulations for that event.

All cutoffs, time limits, numbers of competitors advancing to subsequent rounds, and subsequent rounds are subject to change, however all changes will be announced prior to the round's occurrence. We hope to not make changes, however scheduling limitations may require changes to be made.

Time Event Round
7:00 AM Setup
7:30 AM Registration Begins
8:00 AM Competitor Tutorial
8:15 AM 3x3x3 Cube First Round
9:45 AM 3x3x3 One-Handed Combined First Round
10:45 AM 3x3x3 Blindfolded First Round
11:45 AM Lunch (Submit cubes for 3x3x3 Multi-Blind at 11:45 AM)
12:30 PM 3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final
1:30 PM 3x3x3 Cube Second Round
2:15 PM 4x4x4 Cube Combined First Round
3:30 PM 3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final
4:45 PM 3x3x3 One-Handed Final
5:00 PM 3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
5:20 PM 4x4x4 Cube Final
5:45 PM 3x3x3 Cube Final
6:00 PM Awards / Cleanup

This competition will be held at Princeton Day School at 650 Great Road, Princeton NJ, 08540

Live results will be available here:

Please note that results will be uploaded as quickly as possible, but we will focus on making sure the competition itself runs smoothly.

This competition is sponsored by The Cubicle!
The Cubicle will be present to provide prizes to winners and will also be vending at the competition.

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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, found here:

Of course, those regulations contain a lot of legalese, so we have a video made specifically for new cubers, just to show them the basics of competing. This video will explain most of what any cuber competing for the first time will need to know.

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


Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete, however, we will have a vendor at this competition, from which you can buy puzzles if your current ones have seen better days.

Q: What is the normal age of competitors at these events?

A: All ages are welcome, but in general competitors are between 10 and 20 years old. Don't let this stop you though, everyone can and should cube!

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 in addition there is competing, which will occupy one side of the competition hall, where you will see lots of timers flickering with contestants new personal bests, and a vendor, where you can purchase all you cubing related needs. Most competitions have a break for lunch, and the competing is split up into heats, 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 of days after the competition finishes. However, for the day of competing, go to to find information about current events. This is also where you will find information about 2nd and 3rd rounds of events.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?

A: Make sure you pay you entrance fee in order to be automatically 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 you situation may be however, please register online. It is much easier for us to have you register now and pay later, then to have to input information at another time.

Q: Are there age divisions?

A: Nope! All cometitors compete in the same group.

Q: Can I have fun at this event?

A: HECK YES! Cubing is amazing, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the competition!


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.

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If you are interested in receiving updates about competition announcements and staying in touch with cubers and family members of cubers from the tri-state area (southern Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania), please consider joining the Tri-State Cubing Facebook group (click on the logo or here). There, you can also find a link to join a mailing list for competition announcements for this area.

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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