World Rubik's Cube Championship 2013

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World Rubik's Cube
Championship 2013
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Date(s): 2013 July 26–28
Preceded by: WC2011
Succeeded by: WC2015

World Rubik's Cube Championship 2013 (usually called World Championship 2013, abbreviated to WC2013) was a speedcubing World Championship held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on July 26-28, 2013. This competition also took the place of US Nationals 2013 due to it being located within the US.


The tournament took place at the Riviera Hotel & Casino, situated on Las Vegas Boulevard. This was the largest world championship yet (partly because it was replacing the US Nationals). A total of 594 competitors were registered for the tournament, of which 400 were from the USA.[1] Two events had been dropped since the last tournament - Magic and Master Magic - as they had ceased being official WCA events since the start of 2013.

Registration/Check-In began on Thursday evening (when there was also a talent show). Friday began with the first round of the 6x6 on the main stage. Friday saw the finals of the 3x3 With Feet, and 5x5 Blindfolded. Saturday began with round 1 of the 3x3 One-Handed, and the day saw the final rounds of the 3x3 Multiple Blindfolded, Clock, Megaminx, Square-1, and 3x3 Fewest Moves. Sunday kicked-off with round 2 of the 4x4. There was also an unofficial 3x3 consolation round for competitors who had not advanced to the second round. Final rounds of all the remaining events took place, culminating with the final round of the 3x3 between 4:45 and 5:15 pm. Awards were handed out between 5:45 and 6:00 pm.[2]

The winner of the 3x3 Speedsolve won $2000 and a "Golden Nautilus". For the first time since 2003, all events offered cash prizes, and winners of the other events typically won $200 to $500, although the 3x3 With Feet winner only won $100.[3]


Feliks Zemdegs won the 3×3 final with an average time of 8.18 seconds. Mats Valk finished second and Sebastian Weyer finished third.

World Records Set

Unofficial events

A number of unofficial cubing events took place across the weekend. These were: [4][5]

234 Relay

Solving 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4 consecutively. Best of 2.

2345 Relay

Solving 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, and 5x5 consecutively. Best of 2.

Team BLD

A team consisting of a solver and a caller communicated to solve the cube. Best of 3.


Average of 5.

3x3 Match the Scramble

Competitors matched a solved cube to a scrambled one. Average of 5.

International Cube Relay

Competitors worked in teams of four to solve four cubes, one by one. Best of 1.

64 person head-to-head

An unofficial head-to-head competition took place on Saturday. Entrants were the top solvers from the first round of the 3x3 who expressed interest in participating.

Other events

Talent Show

There was a Talent Show on Thursday evening. Entrants could demonstrate a special talent ranging from juggling to singing, and which could have everything or nothing to do with cubing.

Mosaic building

As at the previous two World Championships, there was a Mosaic-building competition. Sixteen teams took part.


Seminars took place on Friday and Saturday evenings. These were conducted by top cubers in each field, and there were talks devoted to Pyraminx, Megaminx, Big Cubes, Square-1, Blindfolded Solving, and 3x3x3 Speedsolving.

Fantasy Cubing

Just before the final round of the 3x3 competition, competitors who didn't make the finals could enter the Fantasy Cubing competition. This involved picking 5 different finalists, and their fantasy result would be the average of 5 solves from the 5 finalists.[6]


Organizers: Tyson Mao, Tim Reynolds, Jim Mertens, Bob Burton, Kian Barry, Felix Lee, Ilkyoo Choi, Vincent Sheu, Shelley Chang.

Staff: Jim's Team: Aaron Abramowitz, Ashley Couch, Chester Lian, Evan Liu, James LaChance, Kit Clement, Natan Riggenbach, Shaden Smith, Sarah Strong.

Bob's Team: Anthony Hsu, Chris Hardwick, Daniel Lo, Dene Beardsley, Jennifer Tang, Kevin Zhou, Zheng Li.

Kian's Team: Tim Sun, Jasmine Lee, Peter Still, Nathan Kearney, Dave Campbell, Ian Winokur.

Felix's Team: Jonathan Cookmeyer, Corey Sakowski, Nick Rech, Arthur Adams, Harris Karsch, Ajay Mysore, Richard Meyer.

Ilkyoo's Team: Jeong Jong-Ho, Jun Doo-Young, Kim Jae-Min, Mike Hughey, Marie Hughey, Rebecca Hughey, John Brechon, Sébastien Auroux, Oscar Alberto Ceballos Contreras, Radu Făciu, Jean-Louis Mathieu, Sylviane Mathieu.

Vincent's Team: Jeremy Fleischman, Steven Xu, Ryan Lim, Chia-Wei Lu, Nick Young, Patricia Li, Amy Tai, David Gomes, Michael Young, Alex Ho, Everest Shi, James Hamory, Courtney Louie, Richard Jay S. Apagar.

Shelley's Team: Ambie Valdés, Casey Pernsteiner, Chris Krueger, Chris Dzoan, Dan Dzoan, John George, Lucas Garron, Patrick Kelly, Shonathon Collins, Shotaro Makisumi, Toby Mao, Fangyuan Chang.





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