World Cube Association

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World Cube Association
World Cube Association.png
The Current logo of the World Cube Association.
Abbreviation WCA
Founder Ron van Bruchem, Tyson Mao
Type Sport Association
Headquarters World
Membership
Free
Official language
Any (depending on location)
Ilkyoo Choi (최일규), Pedro Santos Guimarães, Ron van Bruchem, Chris Hardwick, Luis J. Iáñez
Staff
68 delegates (excluding candidates)
Website worldcubeassociation.org

The World Cube Association (WCA) is the worldwide organization that regulates and holds competitions for the Rubik's Cube and similar puzzles around the world. It was founded by Ron van Bruchem of the Netherlands and Tyson Mao of the United States.[1] The goal of the World Cube Association is to have "more competitions in more countries with more people and more fun, under fair conditions."[2]

Its current board members are:[3]

Member Country
Chris Hardwick United States
Ilkyoo Choi South Korea
Luis J. Iáñez Spain
Ron van Bruchem Netherlands
Pedro Santos Guimarães Brazil

Its former board members are:[4][5][6]

Member Country
Masayuki Akimoto Japan
Oliver Perge Hungary
Gilles Roux France
Tyson Mao United States
Sébastien Auroux Germany
Tim Reynolds United States
Natán Riggenbach Peru

As well as these board members, the World Cube Association also assigns delegates who can organize official competitions. The presence of a delegate is required in order to make the competition official. Currently, over 70,000 people from around the world have participated in WCA events.

WCA Delegates[edit]

WCA Delegates are present at competition. Each competition requires at least one WCA delegate. WCA Delegates are members of the WCA who are responsible for making sure that all WCA competitions are run according to the mission, regulations and spirit of the WCA. The WCA distinguishes between WCA Senior Delegates, WCA Delegates and WCA Candidate Delegates. Additional to the duties of a WCA Delegate, a WCA Senior Delegate is responsible for managing the Delegates in their area and can also be contacted by the community for regional matters. Delegates are at first listed as WCA Candidate Delegates and need to show that they are capable of managing competitions successfully before being listed as WCA Delegates.

The WCA acknowledges the following members as delegates for official WCA competitions:[7]

Name Role Region
Pedro Santos Guimarães Board Member World (Brazil)
Ilkyoo Choi (최일규) Board Member World (Korea)
Ron van Bruchem Board Member World (Netherlands)
Luis J. Iáñez Board Member World (Spain)
Chris Hardwick Board Member World (USA, Georgia)
Radu Făciu Senior Delegate Eastern Europe and Middle East (Romania)
Ilya Tereshko Candidate Delegate Belarus
Arash Maslehatjoo (آرش مصلحت جو) Candidate Delegate Iran
Mehdi Pourmotalleb (مهدی پورمطلب) Candidate Delegate Iran
Dror Vomberg Delegate Israel
Adam Polkowski Delegate Poland
Grzegorz Łuczyna Candidate Delegate Poland
Piotr Kózka Candidate Delegate Poland
Tomasz Żołnowski Candidate Delegate Poland
Bogdan Grigoruţă Candidate Delegate Romania
Vasily Stasyev Candidate Delegate Russia
Petra Kobal Vogrinec Delegate Slovenia
İskender Aznavur Delegate Turkey
Roman Ostapenko (Роман Остапенко) Delegate Ukraine
Artem Melikian (Артем Мелікян) Candidate Delegate Ukraine
Bob Burton Senior Delegate Eastern United States and Canada (New York)
Dave Campbell Delegate Canada
Kristopher De Asis Delegate Canada
Micah Stairs Delegate Canada
Arthur Adams Candidate Delegate Connecticut
James LaChance Candidate Delegate Florida
Chris Tran Candidate Delegate New Hampshire
Mike Hughey Delegate Indiana
Felix Lee Delegate Maryland
Tim Reynolds Delegate Massachusetts
James Hildreth Candidate Delegate Michigan
Shaden Smith Delegate Minnesota
Chris Braiedy Candidate Delegate Minnesota
Kian Barry Delegate New Jersey
Chester Lian Delegate North Carolina
Jim Mertens Delegate Ohio
Chris Hardwick Delegate Wisconsin
Ming Zheng (郑鸣) Senior Delegate Far East Asia (China)
Danyang Chen (陈丹阳) Delegate China
Donglei Li (李冬雷) Delegate China
Fangyuan Chang (常方圆) Delegate China
Hao Wang (王皓) Delegate China
Xiaobo Jin (金晓波) Delegate China
Chan Tak Chuen (陳德泉) Delegate Hong Kong
Khatanbaatar Khandsuren Candidate Delegate Mongolia
Jun-Yi Guo (郭君逸) Delegate Taiwan
Chia-Leo Lin (林珈樂) Candidate Delegate Taiwan
Rui-Jun Liu (劉睿鈞) Candidate Delegate Taiwan
Yohei Suzuki (鈴木洋平) Senior Delegate Japan
Kei Suga (須賀慶) Delegate Japan
Masayuki Akimoto (秋元正行) Delegate Japan
Sakae Tokuda (徳田栄) Delegate Japan
Takayuki Ookusa (大艸尊之) Delegate Japan
Yuji Suse (巣瀬雄史) Delegate Japan
Rafael Werneck Cinoto Senior Delegate Latin America (Brazil)
Claudio Gonzalez Delegate Argentina
Axel Lifschitz Candidate Delegate Argentina
Éder dos Santos Silva Delegate Brazil
Leandro Vasconcellos Alleoni Delegate Brazil
João Gabriel de Aguiar Milani Candidate Delegate Brazil
Felipe Andres Rojas Garces Delegate Chile
Wilson José Duarte Espitia Delegate Colombia
Juan Camilo Vargas Candidate Delegate Colombia
Nestor Sanchez Candidate Delegate Dominican Republic
Adrián Ramírez Candidate Delegate Guatemala
Areli Rubí Gordillo Martínez Candidate Delegate Mexico
Natán Riggenbach Delegate Peru
Noel Yzaguirre Candidate Delegate Peru
Oscar Alberto Ceballos Contreras Candidate Delegate Venezuela
Henrik Buus Aagaard Senior Delegate Northern Europe and Baltic States (Denmark)
Matias Rasmussen Candidate Delegate Denmark
Ivo Kruusamägi Delegate Estonia
Juho Saarimaa Delegate Finland
Tomi Ronkainen Delegate Finland
Hilmar Magnusson Candidate Delegate Iceland
Kārlis Iskrovs Candidate Delegate Latvia
Vidar Norstein Klungre Delegate Norway
Gunnar Krig Delegate Sweden
Kåre Krig Delegate Sweden
Tim McMahon Senior Delegate Oceania (Australia)
Ray Li Candidate Delegate Australia
David Lim Delegate New Zealand
Dene Beardsley Delegate New Zealand
Nikhil Mande Senior Delegate Southeast Asia and India
Akula Pavan Kumar Candidate Delegate India
Ayush Kumar Candidate Delegate India
Gaurav Taneja Candidate Delegate India
Shubhayan Kabir Candidate Delegate India
Siva Shanmukh Vetcha Candidate Delegate India
Swaminathan Chandrasekaran Candidate Delegate India
Alvin Febrianth Candidate Delegate Indonesia
Cendy Cahyo Rahmat Candidate Delegate Indonesia
Hoe Zi Yang Candidate Delegate Malaysia
Glenn Mark Salgado Delegate Philippines
James Benedict Cañares Delegate Philippines
John Edison Ubaldo Candidate Delegate Philippines
Zhou Yichen (周奕臣) Delegate Singapore
Chatchawan Jaruwattanakun (ชัชวาลย์ จารุวัฒนกุล) Delegate Thailand
Do Cong Toan Delegate Vietnam
Trịnh Nguyên Anh Delegate Vietnam
Daniel Sheppard Senior Delegate Western Europe (United Kingdom)
Geert Bicler Delegate Belgium
Jean-Louis Mathieu Delegate France
Loïc Petit Delegate France
Philippe Virouleau Delegate France
Hippolyte Moreau Candidate Delegate France
Philippe Lucien Candidate Delegate France
Björn Korbanka Delegate Germany
Sébastien Auroux Delegate Germany
Lorenzo Vigani Poli Delegate Italy
Matteo Colombo Delegate Italy
Matteo Provasi Delegate Italy
Stefano Bevacqua Delegate Italy
Ton Dennenbroek Delegate Netherlands
António Gomes Candidate Delegate Portugal
Alexander Olleta del Molino Delegate Spain
Javier Tirado Ortiz Delegate Spain
Luis J. Iáñez Delegate Spain
Oleg Gritsenko Delegate Switzerland and Russia
Reto Bubendorf Delegate Switzerland
James Molloy Delegate United Kingdom
Evan Liu Delegate United Kingdom and Virginia
Chris Krueger Senior Delegate Western U.S. (Georgia, U.S., and China)
James Hamory Delegate California
Jeremy Fleischman Delegate California
Michael Young Delegate California
Shelley Chang Delegate California
Vincent Sheu Delegate California
Daniel Hayes Delegate Colorado
Kit Clement Delegate Oregon
Casey Pernsteiner Delegate Texas
Shonathon Collins Delegate Texas
Zheng Li Delegate Washington
Donovan Hale Delegate South Africa

History[edit]

In 1999, the first modern age speedcubers found each other on the Internet via Rubik's Games, a computer game with an electronic version of the Rubik's Cube. Chris Hardwick from Raleigh, NC founded the Yahoo! Group "Speedsolvingrubikscube" and the Unofficial World Records, a place where cubers could post their personal best times. Ron van Bruchem started speedcubing.com together with his friend Ton Dennenbroek, an avid puzzle collector.

Because the cubers were living all over the world, they wanted to organize a competition at which they could all meet. In 2003, under the guidance of Dan Gosbee, they organized the Rubik's Cube World Championship in Toronto. This first modern-age Rubik's Cube competition was a huge success, but there were lots of issues, due to the lack of good regulations. After the World Championship, Ron van Bruchem and Tyson Mao started organizing competitions in the Netherlands and Germany, as well as at Caltech in the United States. In 2004, they started the World Cube Association, which today has held competitions in at least 70 different countries.

Events[edit]

Currently, the WCA offers competitions in 18 events. Not all of them are offered at every competition, but they are usually all offered at national and global competitions. The events are:

  • 2x2 Cube (Pocket Cube)
  • 3x3 Cube (Rubik's Cube)
  • 3x3 Cube: One-handed (OH)
  • 3x3 Cube: Blindfolded (3BLD)
  • 3x3 Cube: Multiple Blindfolded (MBLD)
  • 3x3 Cube: With feet (WF)
  • 3x3 Cube: Fewest moves (FMC)
  • 4x4 Cube (Rubik's Revenge)
  • 4x4 Cube: Blindfolded (4BLD)
  • 5x5 Cube (Professor Cube)
  • 5x5 Cube: Blindfolded (5BLD)
  • 6x6 Cube
  • 7x7 Cube
  • Square-1
  • Pyraminx
  • Megaminx
  • Rubik's Clock
  • Skewb

Additionally, some events have had their official WCA event status removed. They are:[8]

  • Rubik's Magic
  • Master Magic
  • Rubik's Cube: Multiple Blindfolded (old style)
  • Rainbow Cube
  • 3x3 No inspection
  • Siamese 3x3

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ New WCA board member
  2. ^ "About the WCA". World Cube Association. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "WCA Organisation". Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Gilles Roux retires as member of WCA Board
  5. ^ World Cube Association • View topic - Tyson Mao retires as member of WCA Board
  6. ^ World Cube Association • View topic - Sébastien Auroux retires as WCA board member
  7. ^ "WCA Delegates". World Cube Association. Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "WCA Regulations History". Retrieved 15 May 2017. 

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