Wellington Mind Games 2022

Jan 29, 2022
Wellington, New Zealand

ASB Sports Centre

72 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022, New Zealand

Matairangi Room

Wellington Mind Games 2022 website


Joshua Brungar and Speedcubing New Zealand
WCA Delegates
Alex Asbery and Luke Heath-Edwards
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

Wellington Mind Games 2021 is an official World Cube Association (WCA) sanctioned speedcubing competition. It is focused on some of the more mentally demanding events, that are given less of a focus in normal competitions - blindfolded and fewest moves solving, specifically.

The competition is open to all competitors regardless of experience or skill. There will also be event-based time limits in place, to ensure we stay on schedule, especially given the time taken by fewest moves solving. No prior experience in WCA competitions is necessary, but competitors should be familiar with the WCA regulations.

The main event of this competition is Fewest Moves

Main event
Registration period

Online registration opened and closed .

Registration requirements
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Register for this competition here.
There is a competitor limit of 50 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $30 (New Zealand Dollar).
Registration fees won't be refunded under any circumstance.
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.

Payment is made via the external website with two options to pay, either bank transfer or Paypal.

If registration fills up, a waiting list will be created. The last date to make it off the waiting list would be 24 hours before the competition begins with the conditions being that a spot opens up (someone else pulls out) and payment is completed.

Competitors may make changes to their registered events up until the end of registration.

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Tom Stanton-Barnett won with a mean of 39.33 moves in the 3x3x3 Fewest Moves event. Jack Maddigan finished second (44.67) and Cheng-Ru Yang and Cole Campbell finished third (with a single solve of 28 moves).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Blindfolded James Macdiarmid 30.40 DNF New Zealand 30.7730.40DNF
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Tom Stanton-Barnett 39 39.33 New Zealand 394039
4x4x4 Blindfolded Tom Nelson 1:51.28 DNF New Zealand 2:18.99DNF1:51.28
5x5x5 Blindfolded Tom Nelson 4:05.10 DNF New Zealand DNFDNF4:05.10
3x3x3 Multi-Blind James Macdiarmid 31/37 53:27 New Zealand 24/41 1:00:0231/37 53:27
Event Round Format Time limit Proceed
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative * Top 6 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:00:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo2 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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Schedule for Saturday (January 29, 2022)

From 07:45 AM
To 08:00 AM
3x3 Multi-Blind Puzzle Submission
Matairangi Room
From 08:00 AM
To 09:00 AM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1)
Matairangi Room
Time limit
1 hour
From 09:00 AM
To 10:00 AM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
Matairangi Room
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 10:00 AM
To 11:00 AM
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round
Matairangi Room
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
Top 6 advance to next round
From 11:00 AM
To 12:00 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 2)
Matairangi Room
Time limit
1 hour
From 12:00 PM
To 12:30 PM
Matairangi Room
From 12:30 PM
To 01:45 PM
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
Matairangi Room
Time limit
1:00:00.00 cumulative *
From 01:45 PM
To 03:00 PM
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
Matairangi Room
Time limit
1:00:00.00 cumulative *
From 02:30 PM
To 03:00 PM
3x3 Multi-Blind Puzzle Submission
Matairangi Room
From 03:00 PM
To 04:00 PM
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 3)
Matairangi Room
Time limit
1 hour
From 04:00 PM
To 05:00 PM
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 2)
Matairangi Room
Time limit
10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00
From 05:00 PM
To 05:30 PM
3x3x3 Blindfolded Final
Matairangi Room
Time limit
10:00.00 cumulative *
From 05:30 PM
To 06:00 PM
Matairangi Room

How can I change my events?
A. You must make any change to your registered events by 25/01/2022. Contact the organisational team detailing your event changes.

What time should I arrive at the competition?
A. You should be at the venue ready to compete at least 30 minutes before your first scheduled event, however if you wish to turn up earlier and help with the competition then please do. Please note the schedule is subject to change on the day.

How old do I have to be to compete?
A. Anyone can compete at any age! We encourage anyone considering to compete to register as it will be a great experience regardless of age.

How fast do I have to be to compete?
A. To compete you only need to know how to solve the cube! Please check the events tab for information in time limits for each event.

What do I need to know before the competition day?
A. Before attending you should have read and understood the WCA regulations. You should also know when your events are scheduled throughout the day.
Video Competitor Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPL3eV-A0ww
Written Competitor Tutorial: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/edudoc/competitor-tutorial/tutorial.pdf

How do I find out if I've progressed to the second round?
A. Times will be uploaded throughout the competition to WCA Live. Please allow up to an hour from finishing your solves to them being uploaded. After all the times of a round have been entered, you can see if you are in the following round.

Who can I ask for help on the day?
A. Your Delegates for this competition are Alex Asbery and Luke Heath-Edwards. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have on the day.

Can I help on the day?
A. Of course! Throughout the day we will need judges and runners so please see our Delegates to ask how you can best assist.

Where can I ask other questions?
A. The organisational team can answer all your questions through the contact link on the info page. You can also find the delegate email addresses on the WCA website.

The obvious

  • If you are sick or feeling unwell please stay home, you will be turned away at the door.
  • We will ask all attendees if they are required to be in self isolation. If you are please do not come to the competition as you will also be turned away.

Additional restrictions that will be in place for this competition:

  • A valid vaccine pass must be supplied at the entrance to the venue for all attendees over the age of 12 years and 3 months in accordance with the current restrictions in place for events under the COVID Protection Framework.
  • Masks are mandatory at all times while in the venue for those 12 years of age or over, this includes while you are competing.
  • Competitors are limited to 1 guest. This is to ensure that everyone can still maintain social distancing within the venue and we do not exceed 100 people in the venue at any time
  • Hand sanitiser will be available for use at the puzzle hand in table and mandatory for those at the scrambling table
  • All competitors and guests must sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer App or pen and paper alternative when entering the venue
  • The layout of the venue has been very carefully planned to enable proper social distancing in both the competing and spectators area. You are very strongly encouraged to keep 1 metre socially distant while within the venue

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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