UCSD Winter 2020

Jan 18, 2020
San Diego, California, United States

UC San Diego

Price Center, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, CA 92093

Ballroom East



Andrew Nathenson, Henry Helmuth, and Wilson Li
WCA Delegates
Adam Walker, Alex Davani, and Michael Young
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The competition will take place at UC San Diego's Price Center, in Ballroom East (second floor).

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There is a competitor limit of 150 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $10 (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.

TeamBLD Registration

If you would like to participate in TeamBLD, you must read this tab and fill out the Google Form here. Note that there is a 20 team limit and registration is first come first served.

How to Withdraw Registration with Refund

Registered competitors withdraw their registration by emailing the organisation team (ucsdcubing@gmail.com) the following:
1. Statement of intent to withdraw registration with refund.
2. Name (and WCA ID, if applicable) of the competitor.
3. IMPORTANT: Confirmation of registration payment and name of payer.

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Max Park won with an average of 6.05 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Hsiang-Kuang Zhuang (莊翔光) finished second (8.45) and Danny SungIn Park finished third (8.62).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Max Park 5.40 6.05 United States 5.405.986.186.006.40
2x2x2 Cube Hsiang-Kuang Zhuang (莊翔光) 1.90 2.62 Chinese Taipei
6x6x6 Cube Max Park 1:13.90 1:19.08 United States 1:27.221:16.121:13.90
3x3x3 Blindfolded Graham Siggins 22.89 25.63 United States 28.1425.8722.89
3x3x3 One-Handed Max Park 7.72 10.37 United States 10.1912.2310.0510.887.72
Megaminx Michael Muething 46.29 49.23 United States DNF51.8146.7049.1946.29
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 64 advance to next round
Second round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 8 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
2x2x2 Cube First round Ao5 45.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 45.00
6x6x6 Cube Final Bo1 / Mo3 7:30.00 1 attempt to get < 4:20.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 8 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 One-Handed First round Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 35.00 Top 8 advance to next round
Final Ao5 1:30.00
Megaminx Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (January 18, 2020)

From 08:30 AM
To 09:20 AM
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round
Ballroom East
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
Top 8 advance to next round
From 09:20 AM
To 10:10 AM
Megaminx Final
Ballroom East
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 2:00.00
From 10:10 AM
To 11:00 AM
6x6x6 Cube Final
Ballroom East
Bo1 / Mo3
Time limit
1 attempt to get < 4:20.00
From 11:00 AM
To 11:20 AM
Tutorial for new competitors
Ballroom East
From 11:20 AM
To 12:20 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed First round
Ballroom East
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 35.00
Top 8 advance to next round
From 12:20 PM
To 01:30 PM
Ballroom East
From 12:20 PM
To 01:00 PM
Team Blindfolded
Ballroom East
From 01:30 PM
To 01:50 PM
Tutorial for new competitors
Ballroom East
From 01:50 PM
To 03:30 PM
3x3x3 Cube First round
Ballroom East
Time limit
Top 64 advance to next round
From 03:30 PM
To 04:50 PM
2x2x2 Cube First round
Ballroom East
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 04:50 PM
To 05:40 PM
3x3x3 Cube Second round
Ballroom East
Time limit
Top 8 advance to next round
From 05:40 PM
To 05:55 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
Ballroom East
Time limit
From 05:55 PM
To 06:10 PM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
Ballroom East
Time limit
From 06:10 PM
To 06:25 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
Ballroom East
Time limit
From 06:25 PM
To 06:40 PM
3x3x3 Cube Final
Ballroom East
Time limit
From 06:40 PM
To 07:00 PM
Ballroom East


  • Spectating is free and open to the public.
  • Photography and videography will be permitted, however there shall be NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY. This can be very distracting for competitors!
  • During the competition, please stay at least 1.5 meters away from the solving stations. Again, this is very distracting.
  • Schedule is tentative to change
  • If any changes are made to the competition or schedule, they will be clearly announced to all competitors in an email.
  • All competitors will be assigned judging roles. See Judging for more information.
  • Please provide adult supervision for children under 12 years. Thanks!

Team Blind

We will be holding Team Blind at this competition! See more information here.

Showing up to compete!

  • Since you have registered online, there is no need to check in upon arrival. You are free to come at any time during the competition; all we ask is that you are on time for your first event!
  • You will be called up in groups for your event(s). See the Groups tab for more information.
  • If you miss the last call for an event, you will not be able to compete in that event. Missing an event does not bar you from competing in subsequent events (but does bar you from competing in subsequent rounds of events you missed).

To all our first-time competitors, WELCOME!

The cubing community is absolutely awesome, and we hope that you have a great experience competing for the first time! To make this possible, we would like you to know a few things before the big day:

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

Make sure to watch this competitor tutorial, which details the competing process for first-timers:

If you have any questions after this video, we will be having a new competitor tutorial right before 3x3. That would be the perfect time to ask those questions and clear up any confusion.


Q: Do I use my own cube to compete?

A: YES! You are responsible for your own hardware in order to compete.

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. 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 cubecomps 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.



Team Blind is an unofficial cubing event that we are hosting at this competition! The solve is accomplished by two cubers - one cuber is blindfolded and holds the cube, and the other cuber is sighted and tells the blindfolded cuber the moves to solve it. This event will be held during the first half of lunch.


  • If you would like to participate in Team Blind, please fill out this Google Form: Team Blind Sign Up
  • There is a 20 team limit for this event, and spots are secured on a first come first served basis.
  • If you are no longer interested in competing, please let us know.
  • If one or both members of your team are not officially registered for the competition, we reserve the right to revoke your Team Blind registration if there is high demand.


Team Blind is an event where two competitors cooperatively solve the 3x3x3 Cube. One competitor, the "caller," communicates which moves to execute to the other competitor, the "solver," who performs the moves.

We will follow the WCA Regulations as best as possible. The relevant changes are:

  • 1) Starting/Stopping the solve
    • 1a) The solver must have a blindfold on before the inspection period begins.
    • 1b) The competitors will be given the usual 15 seconds of inspection with warnings at 8 and 12. Both members may touch the cube during this time and both competitors may communicate.
    • 1c) Only the solver may start/stop the timer.
    • 1d) The usual penalties for starting/stopping the timer apply.
  • 2) During the solve
    • 2a) Unlike blindfold solving, no paper will be placed between the solver and the cube. Because of this, the solver should place the cube so that the blindfold is clearly obstructing the line of sight, but this will not be enforced. We are trusting you to not abuse this rule. This is supposed to be fun.
    • 2b) Both competitors may talk during the course of the solve.
  • 3) Miscellaneous
    • 3a) 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.
    • 3b) The competitors may switch roles (caller becomes solver and solver becomes caller) in between solves.
    • 3c) The competitors must not communicate with anyone but each other and the judge during the solve.

The format will be an Average of 5 (ao5) with the best and worst times removed and the other three averaged.

Cutoff and time limit: We will have a cutoff of 1:30 and a 3:00 minute time limit for this event. This means that in order to complete the ao5, a team must solve under 1:30 in the first two solves. Any solve over 3:00 is a result of DNF.

All competitors will have a personal event sheet that will also contain their judging roles for the day.

These competitor cards will be released several days before the competition begins.

Parking Information:

We recommend parking in the Gilman parking structure. Parking is $1.50 per hour, with a $6 daily maximum. See Visitor Parking Info

Please park only in designated visitor parking areas (see link above). Cars parked in spots marked "24/7 Reserved" may be ticketed or towed.

Getting to UCSD (Gilman parking structure):

  • From south of the 52: Head north on the I5, take the Gilman exit and follow Gilman Drive all the way into the UCSD campus. Just after Russell Lane, you will see the Gilman parking structure on your left.
  • From north of the 52: Head south on I5 and take the La Jolla Village Drive exit. Make a right at La Jolla Village Drive, and in 3/4 mile turn right onto Villa La Jolla Drive. Follow it into campus and it will lead you right to the Gilman parking structure.

Gilman parking structure - Google Maps
Price Center - Google Maps

Venue & Campus:

Here is a campus map, and here is a map of the Price Center. After parking at Gilman parking structure, walk north on Russell Lane, left on Rupertus Lane, then right on Myers Drive. The competiton will be held in the East Ballroom on the second floor of the Price Center . There will be signs posted directing toward the ballroom.

Live results will be posted on WCA Live here: https://live.worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/UCSDWinter2020

Personalized name cards will be available upon arriving at the competition. If you lose you name card, you can view it here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tmVJrNCw1OsCm3nH1dMbmQSkhcGlpU3s/view?usp=sharing

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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