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Posted on July 8, 2010

This past weekend, the third annual Vancouver Open took place in beautiful British Columbia. The competition was a success and even garnered some media attention. Everyone seemed to have a good time at the competition, and some great performances were had by many.

In the end, it was Ibrahim Vajgel-Shedid once again winning the competition for the third straight year with an average in the final of 13.22 seconds. Deseree Aune took second place with an average of 13.62 seconds. And rounding out the top three, up from the US for his second stint with us, was Kevin Hays with an average of 13.89 seconds.

Deseree also reclaimed the single solve record for fastest female with a 9.13 second solve in the second round, while Forte Shinko set the National Record for the Square-1 average at 18.06 seconds.

Many thanks to all the cubers that made it out, to all the volunteers that spent the day with us and to Science World for graciously allowing us to host the event at their facilities. A very special thank you to Vince Yim for all the effort put in to the event. He did a great job, the result of which was quite evident at the competition.

Next up for canadianCUBING is the Toronto Open, Summer 2010 competition. Stay tuned in the coming days for the official announcement and registration.

Posted on May 15, 2010

Another canadianCUBING competition comes to an end. We had a good turn out, and though the day took longer to complete than anticipated, everyone seemed to have a good time.

Eric Limeback, once again, came out on top with an average of 10.53 seconds in the finals, which included two sub 9 solves. Emily Wang strengthened her grip on the title of fastest female on the planet by coming in second place with an average of 11.97. And Harris Chan rounded out the top three with an average of 12.42. For the full results from the competition, click here.

Thanks to everyone that came out, and to all those that helped make the day possible. The next Toronto area competition will be held on August 14th, 2010. Registration will open for that sometime next month, so keep checking the website.

Posted on March 28, 2010

With multiple media outlets on hand to capture images of Harris Chan, it was Eric Limeback that stole the show. In the first round of the 3x3x3 event, Eric became the first Canadian to average under 11 seconds, at 10.95 seconds. In the process, he became only the fourth person to hold the title of National Record holder in the category. This marked the first time since May 2007 that Harris has not held the illustrious title.

In the final round, Eric once again came out on top with an average of 11.69 seconds. Harris Chan finished second with an average of 11.81, and Emily Wang rounded out the top three with 12.45 second average.

Full result can be found here when processed by the WCA. The CBC News' report on the competition can be viewed here

Thanks to all the volunteers, parents, and cubers that helped make the competition another success. Keep your eyes on this site in the coming days for registration for the next Toronto competition, which will be held on May 15, 2010.

Posted on September 20, 2009

The Canadian Open 2009 took place this weekend at the Ontario Science Centre. It marked the first two day competition canadianCUBING had done, and all in all, things went pretty well.

Harris Chan won the event with an amazing average of 11.11 seconds in the final, setting the North American record. He also broke and then tied the National Record for single solves with 9.16 seconds in the same round. Eric Limeback came second with a 12.53 average and Derrick Eide finished third with a 12.99 seconds average.

To see the rough results of the competition before the WCA posts them tomorrow night, you can click here to download a ZIP file of PDF files from the results book. These are just rough, and some WCA IDs and names will be touched up. We will have lots of pictures up soon.

Many thanks to Kroeger, The Ontario Science Centre, Cubetech, all the volunteers, and all the cubers that helped to make both days run virtually on time. The weekend was a lot of fun. Next up for canadianCUBING is the World Championships in Germany this October. Once we are back, we will then start to think about our next Ontario event.

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.