Mind Games 2018

Mar 3, 2018
Wellington, New Zealand

ASB Sports Centre

72 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6022, New Zealand

Matairangi Room

Mind Games 2018 website


James Macdiarmid, Joshua Brungar, and Tom Nelson
WCA Delegate
Alex Asbery

Mind Games 2017 is an official World Cube Association (WCA) sanctioned speedcubing competition. It is focused on some of the more mentally demanding events, that are given less of a focus in normal competitions - blindfolded and fewest moves solving, specifically.

The competition is open to all competitors regardless of experience or skill, but there is a competitor limit of 60 people (FMC will have a limit of 25 competitors), due to venue constraints. There will also be event-based time limits in place, to ensure we stay on schedule, especially given the time taken by fewest moves solving. No prior experience in WCA competitions is necessary, but competitors should be familiar with the WCA regulations.

Main event
Registration requirements
This competition is over, click here to display the registration requirements it used.
There is a competitor limit of 60 competitors.
The base registration fee for this competition is $20 (New Zealand Dollar).
Click here to display the highlights of the competition.

Finn Trass won with an average of 9.38 seconds in the 3x3x3 Cube event. Ivan Lew Yi Wen (刘义文) finished second (10.34) and Alex Asbery finished third (10.79).

Oceanian records: Tom Nelson‎ 4x4x4 Blindfolded 2:10.47 (single) and 5x5x5 Blindfolded 4:11.21 (single).

Event Name Best Average Citizen of Solves
3x3x3 Cube Finn Trass 7.71 9.38 New Zealand 8.259.1810.7111.647.71
5x5x5 Cube Ivan Lew Yi Wen (刘义文) 50.79 57.34 NR Malaysia 57.1458.1650.7956.7358.39
6x6x6 Cube Ivan Lew Yi Wen (刘义文) 1:59.02 2:04.87 Malaysia 2:05.401:59.022:10.20
3x3x3 Blindfolded Tom Nelson 30.14 35.80 NR New Zealand 43.7233.5530.14
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Tom Nelson 30 32.67 New Zealand 353033
Megaminx James Macdiarmid 45.56 50.26 NR New Zealand 55.5748.7245.5646.48DNF
Square-1 Lucas O'Connell 9.85 NR 15.12 New Zealand 17.769.8514.5813.0318.15
4x4x4 Blindfolded Tom Nelson 2:10.47 OcR DNF New Zealand 2:10.47DNFDNF
5x5x5 Blindfolded Tom Nelson 4:11.21 OcR DNF New Zealand 4:11.21DNFDNF
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Tom Nelson 21/33 59:55 New Zealand 21/33 59:55
Event Round Format Time limit Cutoff Proceed
3x3x3 Cube First round Ao5 10:00.00 Top 12 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
5x5x5 Cube Final Bo2 / Ao5 3:30.00 2 attempts to get < 2:30.00
6x6x6 Cube First round Bo1 / Mo3 5:00.00 1 attempt to get < 4:00.00 Top 4 advance to next round
Final Mo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 Blindfolded First round Bo3 15:00.00 cumulative * Top 4 advance to next round
Final Bo3 10:00.00
3x3x3 Fewest Moves Final Mo3 1 hour
Megaminx First round Bo2 / Ao5 3:00.00 2 attempts to get < 2:00.00 Top 4 advance to next round
Final Ao5 10:00.00
Square-1 Final Bo2 / Ao5 2:00.00 2 attempts to get < 1:00.00
4x4x4 Blindfolded Final Bo3 30:00.00 cumulative *
5x5x5 Blindfolded Final Bo3 30:00.00 cumulative *
3x3x3 Multi-Blind Final Bo1 10:00.00 per cube, up to 60:00.00

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 (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.

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