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Posted on September 13, 2009

The Vancouver Open, 2009 competition happened yesterday in Burnaby, BC. The competition made for a long day, but everyone seemed to have a good time. Ibrahim Vajgel-Shedid won the competition with an average of 13.89 seconds in the final round of the 3x3x3 event. History was made, as two females finished out the top three in the event, with Deseree Aune coming in second with an average of 13.91 and Sarah Strong came third with an average of 15.70 seconds.

Several National Records were broken for Canada, mostly by Ibrahim, who very clearly dominiated the competition and became the clear cut recipient of the title of fastest big cube cuber in Canada. He set NRs for 5x5, 6x6, and 7x7 with times that won't be easily broken.

Other notable achievements were made by Justin Jaffray who broke his own NR for 2x2 average, with an average of 3.91 seconds. Sarah Strong and Deseree Aune each hit a 10 second 3x3 solve, and Ibrahim hit a sub 10 in the 3x3. And finally, Forte Shinko broke the NR for the Square-1 average with a time of 25.20 seconds.

Congratulations to all the winners. It was amazing to see some of the progress made by many of the Vancouver cubers. Many thanks to our volunteers who helped make the competition run as well as it did. Special thanks to Dana Spiller for her amazing data entry skills. Without her, the competition would have taken much longer.

Results will be posted soon. The link can be found under the Results link for the Vancouver Open, 2009 section on the Events page. Next up for canadianCUBING is the Canadian Open next weekend in Toronto.

Posted on July 26, 2009

It was bound to happen eventually. Harris Chan was finally defeated on Canadian soil. Eric Limeback became the first Canadian to beat Harris in an official competition and took first place in the 3x3x3 event at the canadianCUBING Classic 2009, in Kitchener, Ontario.

The two were very close in the first two rounds, with a difference of .01 of a second at the end of the first round. Harris finally looked human, having an off day by his standards. It created an opportunity, coupled with an outstanding final by Eric Limeback, for history to be made.

I'd like to take this chance to recognize the achievements of both competitors. We have come to almost take for granted that Harris will win because of his unbelievable consistency over the years. But not everyone can be perfect all the time, and it just goes to show that anything can happen at a competition. And to Eric for showing he is the real deal, for sticking to it and continually striving to be better each competition. It finally paid off, and deserved the win.

I, for one, do not look at it like we have a new champion, nor do I look at it like it only happened because Harris had an off day. Rather, I look at it like we now have two bonafide superstars of cubing here in Canada that creates a chance for either one to be the best for a competition. Add to the mix a number of other cubers who, with every passing competition, inch closer and closer to sub 12 levels, and we have an exciting time for cubing here in Canada.

Many thanks to all the cubers and volunteers that pitched in to help make the day run well. We were pretty much on time at the end of the day. Thanks to the Children's Museum for allowing us to use their facilities for the competition. It seemed to work well, even in spite of the distractions that come with that sort of venue. We hope to have another competition there again some time.

Next up for canadianCUBING is the Vancouver Open 2009, followed by the Canadian Open 2009. We hope to see you all again soon.

Posted on June 28, 2009

Another competition is behind us. The Toronto Open, Summer 2009 competition went off on Saturday without a hitch. In fact, instead of being behind schedule like usual, we were so far ahead of schedule, the organizers were not sure what to do with the time. The result was a more dynamic 3x3x3 final round. Competitors squared off two at a time, going head to head in a very exciting round. Spectators were treated to matches of Harris Chan vs. Eric Limeback, Sarah Strong vs. Emily Wang, just to name a few.

Congratulations to all the winners, and all competitors that set personal bests and achieved their own set goals. It was a fun, but tiring, day for all involved. Once again, thank you to all our volunteers for helping make the competition run so smoothly. You are welcome back anytime. Thank you to the parents for allowing the cubers to stay as long as you did. And thank you to the cubers for doing their part to help speed up the day.

Special thanks to Shahriar Ameri, Simba Mai, and Sarah Strong for doing a large portion of the scrambling. And to David Champagne for all his help before and after the competition. Hopefully together we can bring one of these to Halifax.

We will see many of you in about a month's time. Keep practicing!

Posted on March 7, 2009

Another canadianCUBING competition comes to an end. We hope everyone had a great time today. We would like to once again take the opportunity to thank all the volunteers, from the people that showed up strictly to volunteer their time, to the parents that helped out, and even the cubers themselves. It would not be possible without your help. Our numbers are still growing, I believe the turn out was the highest we have had yet.

The full results will be posted tomorrow. But in the mean time, the winners of the 3x3x3 event were Harris Chan in first place with an average of 11.70 seconds. In second was Eric Limeback with an average of 12.53, and finishing in third was Sarah Strong, with an average of 15.17. There were a few National Records broken at the competition, but no NAR or WR were set.

Congratulations to all the winners. Next up for canadianCUBING is the Motor City Open in Detroit. We hope to see some of you there!

Posted on November 1, 2008

The last canadianCUBING competition of 2008 took place today in Toronto. Good times were had by all. We wish to thank everyone that came out to the competition to make it such a success. As per usual, we would like to thank our amazing volunteers that helped to make the long day run smoothly. Thanks to all the cubers that jumped in to scramble and judge all the subsequent heats after they were done their solves. It makes the competition much better.

We sent the WCA the full results, so expect those to be posted tomorrow sometime. So many National Records were broken, I can't even keep track at this point. Derrick Eide won several events and placed in most of them. To recap the 3x3x3 event, Harris won with an average in the final of 11.92. Eric Limeback was second with 14.27, and Doowon Joo came third with 14.75.

And for the west coast Canadian cubers who are interested in how Kris and Deseree did, Kris won the 5x5 event – no small feat when he had to compete against Derrick Eide and Jack Moseley. And Deseree set a sub 17 average in the second round of the 3x3 event, good enough to move on to the final round - also no small feat in this competitive Toronto market. Congratulations to them, and to all the winners.

Keep checking the website, stay in touch with the Canadian cubing community. We had a great year of competitions, and look to have an even better 2009.

Posted on August 24, 2008

Yesterday, canadianCUBING held its 6th competition, this time in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Over 40 competitors descended on the city to compete in 13 different events. Several National Records were broken by Jack Moseley, Eric Limeback, Harris Chan and Ibrahim Vajgel-Shedid. Rowe Hessler – up from the USA for his second Canadian competition – set a North American Record in the blindfolded event with the first sub 60 second solve by an American or Canadian.

Winning the 3x3x3 event was Harris Chan with an average in the finals of 11.79 seconds. In second was Eric Limeback at 14.00, and finishing in third was Jason Thong with an average of 14.21 seconds. The full results have been sent to the WCA and will most likely be posted today.

As usual, I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all our volunteers for their selfless contributions to the competition. Thank you to the Moseley family, the Mativo family, the Westermann family for their role in the organization and execution of the competition. And a special thank you to Simba Mai, Sam Boyles, and Andrej Karpathy for scrambling and judging when no one else would.

We will have a report on the competition in the coming weeks. If anyone has pictures, please send them to us as we didn't get the chance to take any.