Weston-super-Mare Open 2022

Mar 19 - 20, 2022
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom

Grand Pier

179 Seafront Promenade, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1SE, UK

Regency Suite, Top Floor

Organization team
AJ Nicholls, Bertie Longden, Chris Wright, and Matt Prestwich
WCA Delegates
Bertie Longden, Christopher Morris, James Molloy, Nevins Chan Pak Hoong (陈百鸿), and Sam Spendla
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ALL competitors must read the COVID-19 tab to make sure that they are aware of the differences to prior competitions in the UK.

If you are a new competitor, please make sure to read all the information in the FAQ and the Important Information tabs before registering. All competitors should be familiar with the information in these tabs.


Main event
Registration period

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There is a competitor limit of 85 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is £25 (British Pound).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 75% of your registration fee.
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 by contacting the organization team.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Spectators are only permitted as companions of competitors.

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

Once you have been accepted you will receive a confirmation email. If registration is full by the time you pay then you will not receive this confirmation email and you will be on the waiting list. If you do not make the competitor list by the limit date for refunds (specified above), then you will be refunded 100% of your registration fee. You may contact us to ask for your current position on the waiting list.

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

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Patrick Ponce won with an average of 6.68 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Sebastian Weyer finished second (7.01) and Chris Mills finished third (7.21).

World records: Patrick Ponce‎ 3x3x3 One-Handed 8.70 (average).

European records: Ciarán Beahan‎ 7x7x7 Cube 1:59.92 (average).

Event Name Best Average Representing Solves
3x3x3 Cube Patrick Ponce 6.25 6.68 United States 6.256.627.057.886.37
2x2x2 Cube George Scholey 1.57 1.93 United Kingdom 1.862.401.572.001.93
4x4x4 Cube Ciarán Beahan 20.91 24.27 Ireland 28.3220.9125.5824.6122.63
5x5x5 Cube Ciarán Beahan 43.78 45.46 Ireland 44.7844.7846.8343.7849.90
6x6x6 Cube Ciarán Beahan 1:21.20 1:24.57 Ireland 1:21.201:23.821:28.69
7x7x7 Cube Ciarán Beahan 1:57.13 1:59.92 ER Ireland 1:59.291:57.132:03.33
3x3x3 Blindfolded Charlie Harrison 22.31 24.97 United Kingdom 23.9622.3128.64
3x3x3 One-Handed Patrick Ponce 7.75 8.70 WR United States 8.667.9612.039.487.75
Clock Jacob Chambers 3.48 5.35 United Kingdom 3.488.188.573.933.94
Pyraminx Fabio Schwandt 4.12 4.58 United Kingdom 4.204.784.756.364.12
Square-1 Charlie Stark 6.77 7.68 United Kingdom 8.327.746.9810.966.77
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Mengfei Shen (沈梦非) 23/25 52:05 China 23/25 52:05


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Due to current circumstances regarding COVID-19, multiple precautions will be taken during the competition. The following restrictions will be in effect:

  • If you show any signs of illness or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the past week, please do not attend the competition.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available during the competition.
  • We would highly encourage every person within the venue to wear a mask as often as possible.

The competing procedure will be slightly different than usual:

  • All rounds will be fixed seating, where the competitor stays seated at the same timer for the whole round. There will be no waiting area.
  • The competitor will be the only person touching the timer. The judge should remind the competitor to reset the timer before each attempt.
  • Please watch this video for a quick visual demonstration (Please turn on closed captions).

Please be aware, that the situation may change and government restrictions and recommendations may change as well. As a result, the competition may be affected or cancelled at any time. Any changes will be communicated by email. If the event is cancelled, we will issue full refunds on the registration fees.

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 menu bar to the Register page and follow the instructions fully and carefully.

Q: Why am I not on the registration list yet?
A: Please make sure that you have followed the instructions listed on the Register page. 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 also on the menu. 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 2-3 days, then feel free to email us at the contact link on the General Info page. You can contact us at any time to check your place on the waiting list as well.

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 before the limit date for refunds on the General Info page then you will receive a 75% refund. If this time has passed then you will receive no refund.

Q: How fast do I have to be to compete?
A: We recommend that you check out the Events and Schedule tabs - 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! Whilst COVID-19 is still around, you will not be able to borrow puzzles. 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: Am I allowed to bring a guest?
A: Yes, you are allowed to bring a guest, however you will not be allowed to bring more than 1 guest per competitor.

Q: Can I come only to spectate?
A: No, spectators will not be allowed.

Q: I'm a parent, what can I do to get involved?
A: If you're looking for something to do then you can certainly help out with the running and judging! We pretty much always need help with this and they are really easy procedures to follow. You can come to the introduction to competing where we go through all of it there, and there is a tutorial on the Important Information tab as well. Running is also great for step count and requires zero knowledge of cubing if you're worried about that!

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, in the Menu Bar at the top go to Results ≫ WCA Live.

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 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! As a competitor, your judging assignments are the absolute minimum you should be doing to help out. As second rounds, third rounds and finals have no assigned judges, we really need people to help out whenever available for these. If you are directly asked to judge, please go and judge for the remainder of the round in progress. If you do not comply then we are within our rights to disqualify you from the competition as per Regulation 1e2. If you're a parent you can also get involved with running and juging, it's really easy!
  • Please note that Carbon-Fiber puzzles are not permitted, and please make sure your cube complies with logo regulations!
  • Please DO NOT talk about the scrambles or your solutions whilst the round is in progress as per Regulation 2g3.
  • 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.
  • 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. If you are filming someone competing, please stay out of the competitor area.
  • 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. If you do lose a puzzle, please contact us at the link on the General Info page, it is likely that someone has handed it in to us.
  • We will be taking videos and photographs of the competition and the environment for our social media pages and website. By attending the competition as a competitor or a guest, you are accepting that you may be filmed or photographed for these purposes.


The venue is the Regency Suite at The Grand Pier on Marine Parade in Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AL. This is the same venue as used for Weston-super-Mare Open 2017, 2018 and 2019. A private lift will be available to the side of the main pavilion to grant access to the competition. Further instructions regarding pier access will be sent to registered competitors by email before the event.

Please note that the walk down the pier to the pavilion is approximately 400m (1300ft) so with consideration to March seaside weather, you may wish to wear gloves to keep your hands warm for early events. There is no vehicular access to the pier.

Access to the venue is available until late and the schedule has been designed to make full use of this for those that wish to do so.

There is a bar in the function room selling a range of drinks and confectionery. Those competitors and guests that do buy alcohol are reminded to be sensible and not act in any way that may result in disqualification. No alcohol may be taken into the competitors area. If you are over 18 but fortunate enough to be cherubic, please bring appropriate identification. The venue staff will check if they have any doubts.

Please do not consume packed lunches or drinks purchased off-site in the amusement areas, or any area of the pavilion outside of the Regency Suite. Various outlets on the Pier exist to sell you food there.


Train: Weston-super-Mare Station is the main station and is a short half-mile walk from the venue to the start of the pier. From most directions, a brief change of train is needed at either Bristol Parkway or Bristol Temple Meads station. Trains should run twice an hour in most periods. Tickets and times can be found on www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com.

Plane: Bristol Airport is the nearest airport to Weston-super-Mare. Car rental is available from there, or a taxi or bus can be taken from there to connect with train services. At the time of writing, the bus route from the airport to Weston-super-Mare is the A3 and takes about 50 minutes. Driving direct by taxi or car rental takes approximately 15 miles or 30 minutes.

Car: There is no on-site parking facility. However there are numerous public car parks in town that are within walking distance of the venue including:

  • NCP Weston-super-Mare High Street Car Park, 4A High Street, BS23 1JF.
  • The NCP car park can be pre-booked for a discount here.
  • Carlton Street Car Park, 12 Carlton Street, BS23 1UA.
  • Melrose Car Park, 30 Knightstone Road, BS23 2BE.

Alternatively, you may wish to consider using a service such as Just Park which allows short-term agreements to be set up to park at people's driveways or garages. Or finally, you may be able to find free parking if you are prepared to walk further to the venue.


The nearest chain-style hotel to the venue is the Premier Inn - Weston-super-Mare Seafront. There are also 2 other Premier Inns, as well as a Travelodge that are within 2-4 miles of the venue.

There are 2 slightly closer hotels are The Sandringham Hotel and The York Hotel

Other options may be found through LateRooms and Booking.com or by searching via Google Maps.

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!



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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