Frequently Asked Questions

Question: We are a media company or newspaper and want to cover the World Rubik's Cube Championship. What should we do?
Answer: Please send an e-mail to David Hedley Jones with your plans.

Question: Are all puzzle brands and sticker brands allowed?
Answer: All puzzle and sticker brands are allowed, but puzzles and stickers must comply with the WCA regulations.

Question: Why am I selected to compete in the qualification round? Why am I on a waiting list for an event?
Answer: To manage the time schedule and for security reasons we need to set a limit of competitors for all events.
The total limit of competitors for World Rubik's Cube Championship 2009 is 350.
Competitors who do not meet the direct qualification requirements for an event, have to compete in the qualification round of the event (on Friday) or are put on a waiting list.
Acceptance for an event is based on the competitor's results on the WCA world ranking.
Once we have a better estimation of the number of competitors per event, we may change the qualification times, so that more competitors will be able to compete in first round or qualification round.

Question: Do I need to register all my guests?
Answer: Yes. Per competitor two registered guests will have free entrance to the championship venue and access to the competition area of the venue.
All other guests have to pay a small fee for entrance and only have access to the public area of the venue.

Question: Why are there time limits? How do they work?
Answer: For each event there is a time limit, to make sure that the time schedule for the championship can be followed.
A competitor must solve the puzzle inside the time limit. If a competitor passes the time limit, then the judge may stop the solve. The main judge for the event decides whether a competitor is allowed to continue with the remaining solves of the round.

Question: Is it possible to have some unofficial events like one-handed 2x2 or blindfolded Magic?
Answer: No, we will not organise unofficial events. The time schedule is already very busy with 19 official events. Of course you are free to show your abilities during the informal meetings.