Welsh Open 2018


Date
Jan 27 - 28, 2018
City
Oakdale, Wales, United Kingdom
Venue

Rhiw Syr Dafydd School

Address
Maesygarn Rd, Oakdale, Blackwood NP12 0NA
Website
Welsh Open 2018 website
Organizers
Evan Liu and James Molloy
WCA Delegates
Evan Liu and James Molloy
Contact

UK Cube Association

Competitor Limit
100
Entry Fee
£10 (British Pound)
Information

The first competition to be held in Wales!

Please read all the information in the tabs above.

Events

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, follow the instructions on the Registration tab.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?
A: Please make sure that you have followed the instructions on the Registration tab. If you have done everything correctly 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 3 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. We cannot offer refunds if you can no longer attend as paying the registration fee is a commitment contract.

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: 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 assuming it is open per the schedule. 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.

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.

The steps for registration are as follows:

  • Register for the competition here.
  • If you are a student or staff member of Rhiw Syr Dafydd School, please note this in the comment when you register as you will not have to pay the registration fee.
  • Please Note: If you have registered correctly, you will receive an email telling you that you are on the waiting list.
  • Once this email is received, pay the registration fee as instructed. If you are a student or staff you may skip this step.
  • Once we have confirmed the correct payment, we will manually approve your registration. This means that once you have paid you might not be accepted immediately, however all above steps must be followed.

Students and staff of Rhiw Syr Dafydd School may attend for free. If you are a student or staff then you must show valid ID at the competition. If you cannot prove that you are a student or staff then you will be liable to pay the fee on arrival. For all other competitors there is a flat fee of £10 for this competition. This fee is non-refundable as it represents a commitment to attending the competition. There is a limit of 100 competitors.

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.

Black Marks

If you are confirmed for the competition and you do not warn us that you aren't attending you will receive a black mark against your name. If you get 3 black marks against your name it means you will blacklisted for 6 months.

Being on the blacklist means that you will be held on the waiting list until registration closes. You must follow the registration procedure as normal, however while on the blacklist you will not be confirmed until registration closes. If there are spaces open, then you will be accepted. If there are no spaces then you will be placed on the waiting list as normal. If by the time the competition comes round and you have not been confirmed, then you will be refunded as usual.

If you receive a black mark you will be notified following the competition. Black marks expire after 1 year.

Venue

The venue is Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School in South Wales, which will be the host of the very first competition within Wales!

Travel

The school is based in the village of Oakdale, which is approximately 18 miles from Cardiff and 14 miles from Newport.

Train: Newbridge is the closest train station to the venue and bus links from the train station are frequent for onward travel to the venue.
Bus: Bus services are available to Blackwood from all major cities and towns. When at Blackwood a local bus service will take you directly to the venue.
Plane: Cardiff Wales Airport is the nearest airport to Oakdale. Car rental is available from there, or a taxi can be taken from there to connect with train services.
Car: Parking in the large car park on site is free for competitors and guests.

Accommodation

As the school is within easy commuting distance of two large cities there are many places to stay, there are also several more local to the venue places to stay, with several budget hotels in Pontypool (Best Western), Caerphilly, and Ebbw Vale (Premier Inn), which are only 15 minutes away by car.

Several hotels are in close proximity to the venue:
Bryn Meadows
The New Forge
Maes Manor Hotel
Brewers Lodge

Cut Off: You must achieve a single time under this time in one of your first two solves to complete the average of 5. If the format is mean of 3, then the cutoff applies after 1 solve. These generally only apply during the first round of an event.
Time Limit: If you take longer than this on a single solve you will be stopped, and given a DNF result for that attempt. These apply for every round of an event.
Total Time: All solves for the round must be completed within this time. For example if the total time is 10 minutes and you take 4 minutes for the first attempt, you will have 6 minutes left for your remaining attempts. This is generally only used for blindfolded events.

Events

Event Cut Off Time Limit
Rubik's Cube 5:00 10:00
2x2 1:00 2:00
4x4 1:30 5:00
5x5 2:30 5:00
6x6 4:00 6:00
7x7 6:00 8:00
3x3 Blindfolded 10:00 Total Time
3x3 One-Handed 0:45 3:00
Megaminx 2:30 5:00
Pyraminx 0:30 1:00
Skewb 0:30 1:00
Square-1 0:45 1:30
4x4 Blindfolded 40:00 Total Time

The following events are not being held:

  • 3x3 Fewest Moves
  • 3x3 With Feet
  • Rubik's Clock
  • 5x5 Blindfolded
  • 3x3 Multi-Blind

Saturday - 27th January

Time Event Round Proceed
09:00 Registration Opens [ALL DAY]
09:15 Introduction to Competing
09:30 2x2 1 32
10:15 Skewb 1 24
11:00 Pyraminx 1 24
11:45 5x5 1 24
12:45 Lunch
13:30 4x4 Blindfolded 1 -
14:30 2x2 2 12
15:00 Skewb 2 12
15:30 Pyraminx 2 12
16:00 6x6 1 -
16:45 Megaminx 1 -
17:30 Skewb 3 -
17:45 Pyraminx 3 -
18:00 2x2 3 -
18:15 5x5 2 -

Sunday - 28th January

Time Event Round Proceed
08:45 Registration Opens [ALL DAY]
09:00 Introduction to Competing
09:15 Rubik's Cube 1 36
10:30 3x3 OH 1 12
11:15 4x4 1 24
12:15 Lunch
13:00 3x3 BLD 1 -
13:45 Rubik's Cube 2 24
14:30 3x3 OH 2 -
14:45 4x4 2 -
15:30 7x7 1 -
16:15 Square-1 1 -
17:00 Rubik's Cube 3 -
17:30 Awards

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. During the competition we also need people to scramble the puzzles for the groups they are not competing in. We hand pick our scramblers who we trust to scramble correctly, quickly, and have good competition experience. If you would like to scramble in the future, the best thing to do is to just improve a lot and come to more competitions!

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.

Welsh Open Live Results