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Incident: Competition did not use proper covers for puzzles

Status: Resolved

A2c1 A2c1+ scramble-secrecy

CaviteOpen22018

Incident description and resolution:

Due to a miscommunication, Cavite Open 2 2018 did not have puzzle covers on hand. The organizers decided to use letter-sized paper and score sheets instead.

Video evidence confirms that significant portions of puzzles were visible to competitors and spectators before attempts. This violates Regulation A2c1:

A2c1) The scrambler places a cover over the scrambled puzzle that makes it impossible for any competitors or spectators to see any part of the puzzle. The cover remains over the puzzle until the start of the attempt.

In addition, Guideline A2c1+) explicitly clarifies that paper or score sheets are not an acceptable substitute:

A2c1+) REMINDER In the past, score sheets have been used to cover puzzles while leaving some sides exposed. This is no longer permitted.

Although there is no evidence anyone specifically intended to cheat, this is a serious violation of scramble secrecy.
Per Motion 04.2019.1 2.8 and Regulation 8f, all results from Cavite Open 2 2018 have been removed.


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