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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.

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 January 31, 2009

The Toronto Open took place this weekend in Toronto. The competition was a success with lots of fun had by most. Congratulations to all the winners, including Justin Jaffray who set the NR for 2x2 average, and Harris Chan for setting the NR for One Handed Single at 14.78 and average at 17.83. He also set the NAR for 3x3 single with 7.33 seconds.

Full results have been sent to the WCA and will be available as soon as they post the data. They will be available here.

Many thanks, as always, to our volunteers and cubers that jumped in to scramble or judge when needed. It is a group effort to pull these off. Thank you. We had about 100 competitors in total, with 92 competitors in the 3x3 event itself.

The next competition in Toronto will most likely be in either March or April. Keep your eye on this site for news.