Windy City New Year 2022

Dec 31, 2021 - Jan 1, 2022
Rosemont, Illinois, United States

Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago

9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018

International Ballroom

Organization team
Eric Zhao and Luke Galioto
WCA Delegates
Blake Thompson, Lauren Phung, and Walker Welch
Download all the competition's details as PDF here.

This competition is recognized as an official World Cube Association competition. Therefore, all competitors must be familiar with the WCA regulations

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 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 95% 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.

*ALL competitors must pay for their registration to be accepted. *

Your registration is not complete until you have paid the registration fee and your name appears under the competitors tab.
Registration on the WCA website must be manually approved. Please allow up to 48 hours after payment for us to approve your registration before contacting us.

Competitors may only bring a maximum of one guest
All competitors must provide a proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test that was taken within 4 days of Friday, December 31st, 2021

Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Brian Johnson won with an average of 7.52 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Zeke Mackay finished second (7.81) and Eli Parker finished third (7.97).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Cube Brian Johnson 6.99 7.52 United States 7.917.686.997.007.89
2x2x2 Cube Brian Johnson 1.22 1.59 United States 1.921.731.541.221.51
4x4x4 Cube Brian Johnson 27.19 29.31 United States 37.6628.0929.5130.3327.19
5x5x5 Cube Kate Grahame 57.01 58.75 United States 57.461:17.3357.011:01.5657.23
3x3x3 One-Handed Eli Parker 10.26 10.84 United States 11.2110.4910.2611.1810.86
Clock Daniel Mullen 5.59 6.24 United States 6.465.596.395.877.71
Skewb Carter Kucala 1.94 2.98 United States 2.482.224.231.947.01
Square-1 Brian Johnson 7.56 8.85 United States 7.567.6910.938.3710.50
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 3:00.00 Top 16 advance to next round
Final Ao5 3:00.00
2x2x2 Cube Final Ao5 1:00.00
4x4x4 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 5:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Ao5 5:00.00
3x3x3 One-Handed Final Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 35.00
Clock Final Bo2 / Ao5 1:00.00 2 attempts to get < 15.00
Skewb Final Ao5 30.00
Square-1 Final Bo2 / Ao5 1:30.00 2 attempts to get < 30.00

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Schedule for Friday (December 31, 2021)

From 07:45 PM
To 08:00 PM
Tutorial for new competitors
O'Hare Ballroom
From 08:00 PM
To 09:00 PM
4x4x4 Cube Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
From 09:00 PM
To 10:00 PM
3x3x3 Cube First round
O'Hare Ballroom
Time limit
Top 16 advance to next round
From 10:00 PM
To 10:40 PM
2x2x2 Cube Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Time limit
From 10:40 PM
To 11:30 PM
Square-1 Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 30.00
From 11:30 PM
To 11:50 PM
O'Hare Ballroom
From 11:50 PM
To 12:10 AM
Ball Drop
O'Hare Ballroom

Schedule for Saturday (January 01, 2022)

From 12:10 AM
To 01:05 AM
3x3x3 One-Handed Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 35.00
From 01:05 AM
To 01:35 AM
Extra Event: FTO
O'Hare Ballroom
From 01:35 AM
To 02:15 AM
Skewb Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Time limit
From 02:15 AM
To 03:15 AM
5x5x5 Cube Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Time limit
From 03:15 AM
To 03:55 AM
Clock Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Bo2 / Ao5
Time limit
2 attempts to get < 15.00
From 03:55 AM
To 04:25 AM
Extra Event: 3x3 with Oven Mitts
O'Hare Ballroom
From 04:25 AM
To 04:40 AM
3x3x3 Cube Final
O'Hare Ballroom
Time limit
From 04:40 AM
To 05:00 AM
Awards and Cleanup
O'Hare Ballroom


This competition is an overnight competition and will start on a Friday night


There are multiple things a first-timer must know before competing. All newcomers must be familiar with the WCA Regulations before competing. There is a video here for the basic overview of the rules.

In addition, please read this document before coming to the competition to learn about the procedures for judging. Thanks to Olivér Perge and Niki Placskó for providing this detailed judging information document.


With a competition this small, we will be expecting everyone to help out. There will be no assigned judging stations, but we will need to be on time if we want to watch the ball drop at midnight! If there is an open judging station, please take it to help the competition run smoother. Please keep in mind that all competitors, as per Regulation 1e2 must be available to help judge. Otherwise, we reserve the right to disqualify you from competing.

Venue entrance policy:
- Competitors may bring at most one guest. This will be checked at the entrance of the competition.
- All attendees (competitors + guests) must show valid proof of at least one of the following two requirements to be allowed in the venue:
1) They are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To clarify, an individual is only considered fully vaccinated if they have received their second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or their only dose of a single-dose vaccine (J&J) more than two weeks before the competition. Any dose received after Friday, December 17th, 2021 is insufficient for entrance to the competition.
2) They tested negative for COVID-19 within 96 hours (4 days) of the competition. The date when the test is conducted is what matters, not the date when the results are received. Any test conducted earlier than Monday, December 27th is insufficient for entrance to the competition.

Along with a full vaccination or negative test document, a valid ID must be shown and checked at the registration desk on the day of the competition. Any proof sent electronically to the organizers and/or delegates prior to the competition will not be accepted.

Learn more about vaccines at

If you do not have a negative COVID-19 test or proof of full vaccination on the day of the competition, you can receive rapid covid testing at a site near the venue. We strongly recommend, however, that you get tested in the days before the competition.

Other COVID-19 related rules:
- Masks are mandatory and will be provided for all attendees along with hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.
- Attendees should maintain a minimum of 3ft from others whenever possible.
- If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc. do not attend this competition.
- If you have had a positive COVID-19 test or prolonged exposure to someone with the virus within 14 days prior to the competition, do not attend.
- Competitors are strongly encouraged to bring their own pen for the duration of the competition.
- The competition may be cancelled if the COVID-19 situation in Illinois and/or the US gets worse.
- Competitors must wipe down their puzzles with a sanitizing wipe before submitting.
- Though there will be stopwatches provided for judges at every solving station, if one is more comfortable using the online tool on made by Lucas Garron, that is fine as well. This tool is used as a stopwatch on ones phone via a web browser.
- By registering for this competition, you agree that you understand all the information presented in this tab, will abide by all the COVID-19 restrictions placed on this competition, and acknowledge the risk of contracting COVID-19 or any other disease in attending an event of this scale.

Note: The COVID safety restrictions may change if cases increase or decrease in Illnois and/or the US.

Who can compete?
Everyone is welcome to compete. All you need to do is register for the event.

What if I want to sleep at home instead of participate in the super cool cubing sleepover?
We strongly suggest that you sleep at the venue as New Years is generally one of the worst days for drunk driving. However, we can't prevent you from leaving the competition and going home - we just ask that you remain safe!

Is there a competitor limit?
Yes, it is 50 competitors. You just need to make sure to register before the registration deadline.

Will there be snacks? Drinks?
Yes! We will be providing snacks for all competitors, but you are also welcome to bring your own snacks! There are also some available for purchase at the hotel. If you have any allergies, please let us know before the competition! There will be NO ALCOHOLIC BEVEREGES ALLOWED and please keep in mind Regulation 2k3.

When is breakfast?!
Breakfast opens in the hotel at 6am. You're welcome to pull an all nighter if you want to be the first one at breakfast!

How do I register?
Click on the registration tab on the competition website.

Where can I find my WCA ID?
If you have never competed before, you do not have a WCA ID. You will automatically be assigned one when the results for your first competition are posted. If you have competed before, you can find your WCA ID and profile by searching for yourself on the WCA website.

This is my first competition. What do I need to know?
Make sure the competitor is familiar with the WCA regulations and has watched the CubingUSA Competitor Tutorial.

I can only attend for part of the competition. Can I do my solves early?
Unfortunately, no. In order to keep the competition running smoothly, we have to stay on schedule.

Are competitions organized by age?

When do I need to show up?
Look at the schedule on the competition website. You must be present and ready to compete during all events that you are registered for. The schedule is subject to change. We recommend coming about 15-30 minutes before the start of your first event.

What events will be at this competition?
Look at the events tab on the competiton website.

Can you add more events?
No. We plan our schedule to fit as many events as possible. If you don't see an event listed on the competition website, there's a good chance we'll have it at a future competition.

What are the cutoffs/time limits?
All cutoffs are listed on the schedule. If there isn't one specified, it is the WCA default cutoff (usually 10 minutes).

What do the cutoffs mean?

Event type Cutoff Time limit
Average of 5 (2x2-5x5, Skewb, Megaminx, Square-1, Pyraminx, etc) One of the first two solves must be under the cutoff time in order to finish the average. Automatic DNF when you go over the time limit (even if the cube is solved).
Mean of 3 (6x6, 7x7, BLD, etc) The first solve must be under the cutoff time in order to finish the mean. Automatic DNF when you go over the time limit (even if the cube is solved).

Why is the time limit for 3x3 10 minutes when the cutoffs for other events are much lower?
We want to encourage new competitors to compete so we try to make sure that everyone can compete in at least 3x3. We do not always have the time to allow everyone to compete in other events because we would like to hold a wider variety of events at our competitions.

Where can I see the results for the competition?
During the competition, live results will be posted on WCA Live. These results are unofficial. A week or so after the competition, official results will be posted on the WCA website.

What's the point of competing if I can't win?
People go to competitions to meet people, make friends, talk about cubing, improve their own official personal best times, and have fun. People of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels attend competitions. Very few people actually go to competitions to win them.

Travel and Venue Information

This competition will take place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Airport Chicago. Parking for non-guests at the hotel will be $44, and parking for guests will be $34. If you book the room through the room block designated for this competition, parking will be discounted to $20.


There will be a room block set up at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Airport Chicago for a nightly rate of $119. Click here for the link.

Air Travel

If you are planning on flying, fly into ORD. There is a shuttle from the airport to the hotel.

Registration Information:

Before You Register

All prospective registrants need a WCA account. Competitors can create their own WCA account by clicking here and entering the required information.

How to Register Online

The competitor limit for this competition is 50.
Prospective competitors register by:
1. Signing into their WCA account;
2. Clicking "Register" on the left side of this webpage, selecting the events they would like to compete in, and submitting their registration;
3. Paying the registration cost of $30.00. (The registration cost is the same, regardless of how many events are selected.)
Your registration is not complete until you have paid the registration fee.

PLEASE NOTE: If you paid but don't see your name on the registration list within 48 hours of payment (assuming 50 competitors aren't on the competitor list already), please email the organizers. Organizers still have to manually move competitors to the approved competitor list following payment.

How to Pay for Registration Online

Payment is processed through Stripe.
Click on the "Register" tab on the left side of the webpage to register and pay all in one place! You can start the payment process by clicking "Pay your fees with card."

Withdrawing Registration

Registering and paying demonstrates your commitment to attend the competition. However, if you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact us via email.


If you withdraw your registration before registration closes (Friday, December 17th, 2021, 11:59 PM CST), you are eligible for a refund for 95% of your registration cost. After this date, no refund requests will be honored.

There will be no refunds issued after this date. Attempting to file a chargeback for the registration fee will lead to being blacklisted from future WCA events.

Any requested changes to registration before registration closes will be honored. Your registration is not complete until your name shows up on the list. If you believe you paid and your name isn't showing up, please contact us so that we can assist you.

Competitors *MUST** register and pay online in order to compete. No at-the-door registrations or payments will be accepted.*

Waitlist Information

We will be keeping a waitlist for this competition. Once the 50th competitor has paid, we will not close registration until Friday, December 24th, 2021, 11:59 PM CST. To secure a place on the waitlist once 50 competitors have paid, simply pay the registration fee. If a competitor emails us to drop out before this time, you will be notified if you are the next competitor on the waitlist.

Once the deadline to request a refund has passed, all remaining competitors on the waitlist will be emailed letting them know they did not get off the waitlist and will be refunded.

Name 4x4x4 3x3x3 2x2x2 Square-1 3x3x3 OH Skewb 5x5x5 Clock
Aiden Zupancic 1 1 1
Anshu Chennuru 2;J1;J3 3;J2 2;J4 3;J2;R1 2;R3 1;J2
Aryan Kejriwal 3;J1;J2 4;J2 S4 S3 3;J1;J2 3;S1;S2
Austin Worley 1
Avi Czarnecki-Lichstein 1 1
Ayuj Saini 2;J3;J4 2;J1;R4 1;J2;J3
Blake Thompson 3;S2 4;S1;S2;S3 4 3 3 3 3;S1;S2 2;S3
Brandon Satterstrom 2;J3;J4 S1;S2 1;J2;J3 1;J2;J3
Brian Johnson 3;J2 4;S1;S2 4;S3 3;S1;S2 3;J1 3;J1;J2 3;J1;J2 2;S3
Carter Kucala 3;J1;J2 4;S3 4;S2;S3 3;J2;S1 3;J1 3;J1;J2 3;J2 3;S1;S2
Charlie Fussell 1 1 1 1
CJ Sheng 2;S1;S3 3;J2;J4 3;J2;J4 1;J2;J3 1;J2 2;S3 2;J1;J3 3;J1
Daniel Mullen 2;J3;R1 3;J4;R2 3;J2;J4 1;J2 3 2;J3;R1 2;J1;J3 3;J1;J2
Diego Angel Gomez 1 1 1
Dominic DeLucia 1 1 1
Eli Parker 2;J1;J3 4;J1 4;J2;R1 3;R1 3;J2;R1 2;J1;J3 2;J3 1;J2;J3
Eric Zhao 3 3 3 1 3;J1 1;J2 3;S1;S2 2;S3
Ethan Cho 2;J1;J3 3;J1;J2 2;J1;R3 2;J3 2;J1;R3
Haoyang Yan 1 1 1 1 1
Jensen Belen-Brown 1;J2;J3 3;J2;J4 4;J2;R1 1;R2 2;J3 3;J2;R1
Joshua Feran 3 4;J1;J2 2;J3;J4 2;J1;J3 2;J1 2;J1;J3 3;J2;R1 3;J2;R1
Karim Bentahar 1 1
Kate Grahame 3;J2 4;J2;R1 3;J2;J4 3;J1;J2 2;J3;R1 2;R3 3;J1 2;J1;J3
Konrad Julian Jefferson Krafft 1;J2;J3 2;J1;J3 1;J3;R2 2;J1;R3
Lauren Phung 2;J1;R3 3;J1;R4 3;J1;J2 2 3 2;J1;J3 1;J2;J3 1;J2;J3
Lisa Kucala 1;J3;R2 2;J1;J3 1;J3;R2 2;J3;R1
Logan Liu 1 1 1 1
Luke Galioto 1;S2 2 2 2 1;S2;S3 2 1 1
Matthew Mayernik 2;J3;J4 3;J1;R4 1;J3;R2
Max Nathaneal Morius 1;J2 2;J4;R3 2;J3;J4 1;J2;J3 1;J2 1;J2;J3 1;J3;R2 1;J2;R3
Mihir Gupta 1 1 1
Nathan Popov 1;J2;J3 2;J1;J3 3;J1;R2 1;R2 1;J2 1;J2;J3 3;J1;J2
Nathaniel Gee 3;J4 2;J1;J3 1;R2;R3
Owen Widdis 2;J1;J3 3;J4;S4 4;J1;J3 2;J1 2;J3 3;S1;S2 2;S3 2;J1
Peter Weyers 3;J2 4;J2;R1 3;J2;J4 2;J1 2;J3 2;J1;R3 3;J1 1;J3;R2
Quinn Lawson 2;J3;R1 2;J4;R3 2;J1;J3 1;J2;J3 1;J2 2;J1;J3 2;J1 1;J2;R3
Raymond Goslow 3;J2;S1 3;J2;J4 4;J3;S2 2;J1;J3 2;J1;J3 2;S3 2;S3 3;J1;J2
Ryan Cole 1;J3;R2 2;J1;J3 2;J1;J3 1;J3;R2
Samuel Weber 2;J1;R3 3;J2;R4 3;J2;J4 1;J3;R2 1;J2 2;J1;J3 1;J2 1;J2
Sebastian Carrillo 1;J3;R2 2;J3 2;J3;J4 2;J1;R3 1;J2 3;J2 1;J2 1;J3;R2
Simon Kellum 2;J1;S3 4;J1;J2 4;J2;R3 3;J1;J2 3;J1;J2 3;S1;S2 2;J1 2;J3
Sofia Romera 1 1 1
Stanley Chapel 3 4;J1 4;J1;J3 3;J1;S2 3;J1;J2 3;J2 3;J1;J2 3;S1;S2
Steven Wintringham 1;S2 2;J3 2;J3;J4 1;J2;R3 1;S2 2;J1;J3 1;J2;J3 2;J1;S3
Walker Welch 3;J2 4;J1;J3 4;J3 2;S3 3;J1 3;J1;J2 3;J1;J2 3;S1;S2
Will Cerne 2;S1;S3 3;S4 3;S4 2;J3 2;J3;S1 1;J2;J3 1;J2;J3 2;J1;J3
Will Russo 2;J1 2;J3;J4 3;J4;S1 2;J3 2;S1;S3 3;J1;J2 2;J3 2;J1;J3
Wonder Dygico 3;J1;J2 3;J1;J2 3;J1;J2 2;J3 2;J3;R1
Zeke Mackay 2;J1;J3 4;J1;J3 4;J2;S1 3;J1 3;J1;J2 3;J1;J2 2;S3 3;S1;S2

Live results will be available on WCA Live.

Face-Turning Octahedron (FTO) and 3x3x3 with Oven Mitts (BRING YOUR OWN) will be held with the help of Extra Events.

Regulations for extra events at the EE website can be found here.

Registration for 3x3 with Oven Mitts and Face Turning Octahedron will be done through the Extra Events website. Use this link to register for FTO and/or 3x3x3 with Oven Mitts.

There is no additional registration cost for competing in FTO and/or 3x3 with Oven Mitts, but you must have an approved registration on the WCA website before registering. Registration for the events will close on December 24, 2021, 5:59 AM UTC.

Additional information for this event:

3x3 with Oven Mitts:
Format: Average of 5
Cutoff: Best of 2 <3:00.00
Time Limit: 5:00.00
Competitor Limit: 16

Face Turning Octahedron:
Format: Average of 5
Cutoff: Best of 2 <3:00.00
Time Limit: 5:00.00
Competitor Limit: 16

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).


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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