PBQ Berkeley Spring 2019

Mar 9, 2019
Berkeley, California, United States

108 Wheeler Hall

University of California, Berkeley, 108 Wheeler Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
Abhimanyu Singhal and Ryan Jew
WCA Delegate
Ryan Jew

Direct any questions about this competition to Abhimanyu Singhal.

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UC Berkeley presents a quiet events competition on campus!

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There is a competitor limit of 25 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $20 (United States Dollar).
If your registration is cancelled before you will be refunded 50% of your registration fee.
On the spot registrations will be accepted with a base registration fee of $20 (United States Dollar).
Spectators can attend for free.

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Graham Siggins won with a result of 47/52 59:39 in the 3x3x3 Multi-Blind event. Riley Woo finished second (12/13 44:34) and Isaac Langer finished third (4/4 20:57).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Ben Streeter 35 37.33 United States 383935
4x4x4 Blindfolded Graham Siggins 2:16.79 DNF United States 2:16.79DNFDNF
5x5x5 Blindfolded Neel Gore 10:44.00 DNF United States DNF10:44.00DNF
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Graham Siggins 47/52 59:39 United States 47/52 59:3945/52 58:42
Event Round Format Time limit Proceed
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo2

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Schedule for Saturday (March 09, 2019)

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3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 1)
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3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 1)
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3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 2)
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3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final (Attempt 2)
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3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final (Attempt 3)
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4x4x4 Blindfolded Final
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1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **
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5x5x5 Blindfolded Final
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1:30:00.00 total for 4x4x4 Blindfolded Final and 5x5x5 Blindfolded Final **

This event will be held on the UC Berkeley campus. It is generally difficult to find parking in Berkeley, so public transport is the best option. The west end of campus is not far from the downtown Berkeley BART stop.

Arriving by plane:
The nearest airport is Oakland International (OAK), about 30 minutes away from campus by car or plan for an hour and a half by public transport. Uber can be a good choice from the airport.

By car:
As mentioned, parking is pretty difficult to find in Berkeley. The easist place to park is Underhill Parking Structure, around 3 blocks away from main campus. Parking on the street is occasionally available, but it is not reccomeneded that you bank on this option.

By public transport:
If coming by BART, get off at the Downtown Berkeley station, then follow Center Street until you arrive at the university. If you are considering taking the AC transit or other bus option, get off at the Bancroft and Telegraph stop and you're already on campus.

Lunch will not be provided at this competition, however there are several options nearby and everybody should have ample time to retreive food for themselves. If you would prefer to have extra time during lunch to practice, we recommend packing a lunch prior to the competition and bringing it from home.

To new competitors or those of you who have no knowledge of blindfolded events/fewest moves challenge:

This competition will have no "normal" events! The only event at this competition where you are permitted to solve a puzzle with your eyes opened will be Fewest Moves Challenge, but the end goal of this event makes it very different from the more common WCA events. The one thing these events all have in common: everybody is required to stay very quiet while anybody else is competing (hence the competition name).
If it is your first time competing in Fewest Moves or any blindfolded event, please make sure you are familiar with the WCA regulations regarding these events before the day of the competition. The regulations can be found below:

Blind solving: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#article-B-blindfolded
Fewest Moves solving: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#article-E-fewest-moves

If you don't want to compete in any of these events but would still like to come and watch, that is totally fine, as long as you make sure to remain quiet out of respect for the competitors. Any noise or distractions can ruin an attempt for someone, so anybody causing major disruptions during Fewest Moves or any of the blindfolded events will be asked to leave.

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 across rounds (see Guideline A1a2++).


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.