The Great British Blind Off 2019


Date
Jan 19 - 20, 2019
City
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Venue

The Rowton Hotel

Address
145 Alcester Street, Birmingham B12 0PJ, UK
Details

Moseley Suite

Organizers
Christopher Morris and Sam Spendla
WCA Delegates
James Molloy and Sam Spendla
Contact
chris.morris8@yahoo.co.uk, sspendla@worldcubeassociation.org, jmolloy@worldcubeassociation.org
Information

PLEASE NOTE: This is a Blindfolded & Fewest Moves specialist competition. There will be no regular speedsolving events held. We do not recommend this competition to first time competitors. Please make sure to read all the information in the tabs above.

The winner of 3x3 Blindfolded will be announced as the winner of the competition.

Events
Registration period

Online registration opened and will close .

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 30 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is £29.95 (British Pound).
The registration fee has to be paid through Stripe here once registered.
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded a 100% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators can attend for free.

Make sure to register and pay for the competition to be accepted.

If registration is full by the time you pay you will be on the waiting list. If you do not make the competitor list by the time the competition happens then you will get a full refund.

If you can no longer attend, let us know as soon as possible through the contact link on the General Info page. We often have waiting lists so letting us know you cannot attend allows us to add another person to the competition. By not telling us you are denying someone a chance to compete.

If you inform us you are no longer attending and registration is still open, we will issue a full refund. If registration is closed we will offer a 50% refund. If you do not tell us you are not attending then you will receive no refund.

If you have any problems check out the FAQ, or feel free to contact us.

Event Round Format Time limit Proceed
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 75% advance to next round
Second round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 75% advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves First round Mo3 1 hour Top 75% advance to next round
Final Mo3 1 hour
4x4x4 Blindfolded First round Bo3 45:00.00 cumulative * Top 75% advance to next round
Final Bo3 45:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo3 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (January 19, 2019)

From 09:20 AM
To 09:35 AM
Registration [ALL DAY]
Moseley Suite
From 09:35 AM
To 10:50 AM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves First round (Attempt 1)
Moseley Suite
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
1 hour
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 10:50 AM
To 12:10 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 12:10 PM
To 01:25 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves First round (Attempt 2)
Moseley Suite
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
1 hour
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 01:25 PM
To 02:25 PM
Lunch
Moseley Suite
From 02:25 PM
To 03:25 PM
4x4x4 Blindfolded First round
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
45:00.00 cumulative *
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 03:25 PM
To 04:40 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves First round (Attempt 3)
Moseley Suite
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
1 hour
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 04:40 PM
To 06:00 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 2)
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 06:00 PM
To 07:00 PM
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
45:00.00 cumulative *

Schedule for Sunday (January 20, 2019)

From 08:30 AM
To 08:45 AM
Registration [ALL DAY]
Moseley Suite
From 08:45 AM
To 09:00 AM
Introduction to Competing
Moseley Suite
From 09:00 AM
To 10:15 AM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1)
Moseley Suite
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
1 hour
From 10:15 AM
To 11:30 AM
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
1:00:00.00 cumulative *
From 11:30 AM
To 12:45 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 2)
Moseley Suite
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
1 hour
From 12:45 PM
To 01:45 PM
Lunch
Moseley Suite
From 01:45 PM
To 02:45 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 02:45 PM
To 04:05 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 3)
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 04:05 PM
To 04:45 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Second round
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
Proceed
Top 75% advance to next round
From 04:45 PM
To 06:00 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 3)
Moseley Suite
Format
Mean of 3
Time limit
1 hour
From 06:00 PM
To 06:30 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
Moseley Suite
Format
Best of 3
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
From 06:30 PM
To 07:00 PM
Lunch
Moseley Suite

UKCA

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I register?
A: First you need to make sure you have created a WCA account. You can do this by going to the sign-up page and creating an account. Once you have created the account and confirmed your email address, go to the Register section and follow the instructions carefully.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?
A: Please make sure that you have followed the instructions in the Register section. You could also be on the waiting list. The competitor limit can be found on the General Info page, and you can see the number on accepted competitors on the Competitors page. If you have done everything correctly and the competition is not full then just be patient. We have to manually approve registrations and the organisers aren't available all the time. If you believe you have followed the steps correctly but still are not on the registration list after 2 days, then feel free to email us at the contact link on the General Info page.

Q: Can I change the events I am registered for?
A: As long as registration is still open, yes you are allowed to change events. Email us at the contact link on the General Info page with the events you would like to change. If registration is closed then please do not email us with event changes. If at the competition you decide that you do not want to compete in an event, come up to the scramble table when your group is called and simply tell the scramblers that you are not going to compete.

Q: I am no longer able to attend, what do I do?
A: The first thing you need to do is tell us as soon as you know via the contact link on the General Info page. Competitions generally fill up quite quickly and letting us know that you can't attend means we can add someone from the waiting list.

Q: If I do not attend do I get a refund?
A: If you inform us you are no longer attending and registration is still open, we will issue a full refund. If registration is closed we will offer a 50% refund. If you do not tell us you are not attending then you will receive no refund.

Q: How fast do I have to be to compete?
A: We recommend that you check out the Schedule tab - if you can make the time limit for the events you want to compete in, then you're fast enough! Loads of people come to competitions just to beat their own personal bests, and meet likeminded people, with no intention of winning or even making it past the first round.

Q: Are there different age categories?
A: All competitors compete on the same level and all ages are welcome. In general most are aged 10-20 but we have plenty of regulars who are older or younger than this!

Q: Do I use my own cubes to compete?
A: Yes! Make sure to bring cubes for all events you are competing in and look after them, you don't want them to go missing.

Q: Can I come only to spectate?
A: Spectating this competition will be free for everyone. Please note that this is a blindfolded and fewest moves specialist competition, so the venue will be almost silent the entire weekend.

Q: When do I arrive at the competition?
A: If you are a new competitor, we highly recommend that you show up for the introduction to competing which is held as the first thing on both days. Otherwise, we recommend you turn up at least 15 minutes before your first event, you can check when this is on the Schedule tab. This will give you enough time to register, find a seat, and warm-up.

Q: What do I do when I arrive?
A: The first thing you do when you arrive is find the registration desk if registration is open. If you arrive before registration opens, we will make an announcement as to when it does open. If there is nobody present at the registration desk then find a staff member and we will make sure to register you.

Q: When can I leave the competition?
A: You are more than welcome to leave whenever you want. If you have no more events left then you are not required to stay.

Q: How do I find results?
A: All the results will be found on this page a couple of days after the competition, once they have all been checked and uploaded. If you are looking for live results, they can all be found on the Live Results tab.

BLD and FMC Specialist Competition

As listed on the main page, this competition is a BLD and FMC specialist competition. This means that the only events being held are 3BLD, 4BLD, 5BLD, MultiBLD and Fewest Moves. No other conventional speedsolving events will be held. Due to this, we highly recommend that if you have not attended a WCA competition before that you attend a different one to this as your first competition since this is a very different format to regular competitions.

In addition, since the competitor limit for this competition is much smaller than other competitions we will require that everyone who is attending help out as much as possible throughout the weekend. We also encourage friends and family attending to help out with the judging as well if possible! If you are unfamiliar with the judging procedure for Blindfolded events please read the section on Blindfolded solving in the regulations below.

New Competitors

If you are a new competitor, it is important that you are familiar with the Regulations. The regulations are very long and are quite a lot to take in so don't worry if you don't remember it all! Because of this, we have a video that explains the competing procedure which we recommend to watch before attending: Competing Tutorial. We will also be holding an introduction to competing as per the Schedule which we recommend you attend as well.

New competitors must bring some form of ID to show at the competition to confirm the country they wish to compete for and the date of birth registered with. The usual items of ID that people bring are Passports, Birth Certificates, Driver's Licenses, etc. As long as it has your name, date of birth, and country, then it will be fine.

If you have any questions, we recommend that you check the FAQ in case it has been asked before. But you are more than welcome to contact us at the link on the General Info page. We also recommend you check out the UKCA tab to sign up to our mailing list for announcements of future competitions, among other things.

Information for All Competitors

  • Please help judge! We rely very heavily on regular competitors to make the competition run to schedule. It is not very difficult to do, and even parents can do it! If you'd like to learn the procedure then we will explain it during the introduction to competing, and if you still don't quite understand we can show you during the rounds as well. And you may judge whenever you want.
  • However, if you are competing in an event then you are expected to help judge for that event. Obviously you need time to warm-up so we would really appreciate if you can help out the group immediately following the one you compete in. For example, if you are competing in group 2, please help to judge for group 3, etc. If there are only 2 groups, you would be expected to help for the other group.
  • No flash photography under any circumstance within the venue. It is extremely distracting for competitors.
  • If you are a spectator, please stay 1.5m away from competitors at all times as per Regulation 7b.
  • Please treat the venue with respect, put all of your rubbish in bins or black bin bags and keep your area tidy.
  • There are thousands of puzzles at these events, make sure to keep yours together so you don't lose them!
  • During blindfolded events, please stay silent within the venue. These events require a high amount of concentration and any noise can be distracting. We will announce when the silence will begin and when you may talk within the venue again.

Venue

The competition will be held in the Moseley Suite at the Rowton Hotel in Birmingham. It is a short walk from the centre of Birmingham.

Travel

Car: The venue has parking available on the road outside the hotel, however this is available on a first come first serve basis. Other all-day parking locations are available in close proximity to the venue should these spaces be full.
Bus: There are several bus stops outside Birmingham New Street Train Station.
Train: The venue is approximately 15 minutes from both Birmingham New Street Station and Birmingham Moor Street Station.
Plane: Birmingham International Airport is the nearest airport and is a short coach ride away from the centre of town.

Accommodation

The Rowton Hotel are offering double rooms including breakfast at a special rate of £60 for Saturday night for all competition attendees. This option is highly recommended as it is in the same building as the venue, allowing for maximum rest before each day begins. Instructions on how to use this deal will be added later!

Alternatively, there are numerous other hotels in the area that are within walking distance.

Each event is run in groups, depending on how many people are competing in the event depends on how many groups there are. We call each group up one at a time in order to complete their solves during the scheduled time for the round. We have software that automatically picks what groups you are in, the judges, and who scrambles for each group. This is the minimum amount you should be helping out as it only is for first rounds. We always appreciate extra help!

Please note down which groups you are competing and scrambling in before arriving at the competition!

Groups

Check back 1 week before the competition!

Cubecomps

Live results at the competition are provided courtesy of Cubecomps. Please note that the results may not be entered immediately. It is important that the competition is running smoothly before we can enter data. Sometimes there might be a delay of up to an hour before the results for a round are entered.

The Great British Blind Off 2019 Live Results

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).

Format

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.