Welsh Open 2019

Mar 9 - 10, 2019
Oakdale, Gwent, United Kingdom

Rhiw Sir Dafydd School

Maesygarn Rd, Oakdale, Blackwood, NP12 0NA
Organization team
Steven Potter
WCA Delegates
Daniel Sheppard, James Molloy, Sam Spendla, and Thaynara Santana de Oliveira
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Main event
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There is a competitor limit of 100 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is £14.95 (British Pound).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 100% of your registration fee.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.

Make sure to register and pay for the competition to be accepted. We will not accept any registrations at the competition.

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.

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Eli Jay won with an average of 8.72 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Robert Yau finished second (9.36) and Karam Al-Robaie finished third (9.41).

African records: Conor Cronin‎ 5x5x5 Cube 1:19.61 (average).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Eli Jay 6.79 8.72 United Kingdom
2x2x2 Cube Charlie Stark 2.59 3.22 United Kingdom 2.593.853.192.637.41
4x4x4 Cube Matthew Lowe 29.20 34.89 United Kingdom 35.2934.1529.2037.2035.24
5x5x5 Cube Ivan Lew Yi Wen (刘义文) 55.74 57.46 Malaysia 55.741:12.7056.3956.9559.04
6x6x6 Cube Eli Jay 1:49.69 1:50.31 United Kingdom 1:51.301:49.691:49.93
7x7x7 Cube Ivan Lew Yi Wen (刘义文) 2:28.48 2:39.40 Malaysia 2:49.362:28.482:40.36
3x3x3 Blindfolded Christopher Morris 28.65 DNF United Kingdom 28.6529.86DNF
3x3x3 One-Handed Robert Yau 14.43 15.82 United Kingdom 14.4315.5116.4815.4640.12
Clock Sam Spendla 6.45 7.31 United Kingdom 8.326.83DNF6.776.45
Megaminx Eli Jay 45.54 50.27 United Kingdom 55.4848.1747.5145.5455.12
Pyraminx Eli Jay 4.19 4.74 United Kingdom 4.614.274.195.348.75
Skewb Eli Jay 2.79 3.89 United Kingdom 3.783.934.472.793.95
Square-1 Charlie Stark 9.63 11.70 United Kingdom 12.159.6312.9712.0910.86


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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: Yes! Spectating this competition will be free for everyone. Unless you are attending with a competitor, we would highly recommend to come to spectate only in the afternoons, as the venue will be extremely busy in the morning on both days!

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.

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 name, 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, black bin bags, or take it home with you 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! Keeping them in a bag and looking after it at all times is recommended.
  • 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 venue is Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School in South Wales, which is proud to host the Welsh Open Cube Championship for the second year. In our first year we were delighted to see several national records broken at the competition. The main entrance to the school will be open and staff will guide you to the venue from there.

The school is based in the village of Oakdale, which is approximately 18 miles from Cardiff, 14 miles from Newport, and 11 miles from Caerphilly.


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.

Shuttle Service: CANCELLED


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.

Two hotels are in close proximity to the venue:

You are able to secure a discounted rate for the Maes Manor Hotel by contacting the hotel (01495 220011) quoting 'Rubik's Cube'. We are no longer running a shuttle bus service for competitors.

There is plenty to see and do in the local area, with Blaenavon (World heritage site) the oldest mine in Wales only a short journey away, as well as Caerphilly Castle (Second largest in the UK). The Major Cities of Cardiff and Newport also have plenty of places of interest to visit as well as the World renowned Brecon Beacons within easy commuting distance to to venue.

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!


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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 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).


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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