Belfast Winter 2023
- Jan 14 - 15, 2023
- Belfast, County Antrim, United Kingdom
Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre
- Montgomery Rd, Castlereagh, Belfast BT6 9HS, UK
Sports Hall. Located on the first floor.
- Organization team
- Maria Beausang, Speedcubing Ireland, Steven Kearns, and UK Cube Association
- WCA Delegates
- Charlie Stark, Eleanor Sinnott, Mary Hennessy, Seán O'Toole, Simon Kelly, and Steven Kearns
- Download all the competition's details as PDF .
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.
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There is a competitor limit of 150 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is £30 (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 on the Register tab.
No on the spot registrations will be accepted.
Any spectator can attend for free.
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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Steven Kearns won with an average of 9.07 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Cillian Hainbach finished second (9.28) and Enda Loftus finished third (9.44).
|3x3x3 Cube||Steven Kearns||8.18||9.07||United Kingdom||9.21||13.98||8.18||9.11||8.88|
|2x2x2 Cube||Kalin Doherty||1.27||1.94||Ireland||1.84||1.27||2.47||2.25||1.72|
|4x4x4 Cube||Matthew Lowe||31.76||33.69||United Kingdom||37.12||31.76||33.04||35.32||32.70|
|5x5x5 Cube||Steven Kearns||1:11.52||1:12.47||United Kingdom||1:12.26||1:21.92||1:12.96||1:12.18||1:11.52|
|3x3x3 Blindfolded||Jonathan Dammann||41.32||DNF||France||41.32||DNF||DNF|
|3x3x3 One-Handed||Max Kwok U Sam (郭愉琛)||16.58||18.09||Macau||18.22||16.58||18.73||19.77||17.33|
|3x3x3 Cube||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||10:00.00||2 attempts to get < 5:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|Second round||Ao5||10:00.00||Top 30 advance to next round|
|2x2x2 Cube||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||5:00.00||2 attempts to get < 2:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|Second round||Ao5||5:00.00||Top 30 advance to next round|
|4x4x4 Cube||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||4:00.00||2 attempts to get < 1:30.00||Top 30 advance to next round|
|5x5x5 Cube||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||6:00.00||2 attempts to get < 2:30.00||Top 24 advance to next round|
|3x3x3 Blindfolded||Final||Bo3||10:00.00 cumulative *|
|3x3x3 One-Handed||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||3:00.00||2 attempts to get < 45.00||Top 30 advance to next round|
|Clock||Final||Bo2 / Ao5||4:00.00||2 attempts to get < 30.00|
|Megaminx||Final||Bo2 / Ao5||4:00.00||2 attempts to get < 2:00.00|
|Pyraminx||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||5:00.00||2 attempts to get < 2:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|Second round||Ao5||5:00.00||Top 30 advance to next round|
|Skewb||First round||Bo2 / Ao5||5:00.00||2 attempts to get < 2:00.00||Top 75% advance to next round|
|Second round||Ao5||5:00.00||Top 30 advance to next round|
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Schedule for Saturday (January 14, 2023)
Schedule for Sunday (January 15, 2023)
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 a tutorial for new competitors 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
- Schedule Changes: Please note that the schedule is subject to change up until the Wednesday before the competition, when we will know exactly how many people are competing in each event. These should be only minor changes and may involve increasing the number of rounds for some events!
- 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! We will have a judging tutorial in the mornings as well, which will run through the process and will be tailored towards parents who want to get involved.
- Please note that Carbon-Fiber puzzles are not permitted, and please make sure your cube complies with logo regulations!
- When you are competing and have handed in your puzzle, please make sure to be waiting in the designated area so that judges and runners do not have to come searching for you.
- 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 keep 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.
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! 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 as many guests as you please. Space in the venue may be restricted during busy times so please be sensible.
Q: Can I come only to spectate?
A: Yes! However, the venue is usually quite busy during the morning, so if you are just coming to spectate please come in the afternoon.
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.
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Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre is located on Montgomery Road in East Belfast. This multipurpose facility boasts a double storey spacious gym, Belfast's largest swimming pool, and a 4-court sports hall.
Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre
UK BT6 9HS
Free parking is available at the centre. For competitors travelling from the Republic of Ireland take the M1 to Lisburn (Junction 6), at the roundabout take the exit for the A55. Follow the A55 until you reach Cregagh Road. Turn right from Cregagh Road onto Montgomery Road, follow Montgomery Road for 1km and Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre will be on you right.
Belfast Lanyon Place Station is the nearest train station to the venue. There are regular daily trains from Connolly Station Dublin to Lanyon Place Belfast. It is a 50 minute walk from the train station to the venue. The 5a and 6a buses run regularly from Lanyon Place to Montgomery Road.
Belfast International Airport is the largest airport in Northern Ireland, it handles both domestic and international flights, and is located 21 miles west of Belfast City. It is 35 minute drive from Belfast International Airport to the venue, the 300/300a bus runs regularly from Belfast International Airport to city centre. Alternatively, George Best Belfast City Airport is the nearest airport to the venue and hosts many domestic flights.
Translink run coaches between Derry~Londonderry and Belfast. Aircoach run coaches between Dublin and Belfast.
The venue is close to several bus routes including 5a, 5b, 6a.
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!
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.