Negative Time Solving Contest 2009


L2 B2 F2 D U2 L2 D F2 D' F' L D2 F' U' B' L F' R' U' R' U'

(Generated by Cube Explorer)

This is the ONLY main Negative Time Solving Scramble for 2009. Do not use this scramble before the real attempt.

The following are additional 3x3 algorithms to be used only for 3x3 multi-blind. Decide on the number of cubes, n, to be attempted beforehand, and take the first n-1 from this list in addition to the main scramble above.

  • D2 F2 L2 D2 F2 D' R2 D2 L2 U2 B' U2 F2 L2 U' R B' U2 R' U' F2
  • R B2 L B2 R U2 B2 D2 L' D2 U2 R' F' L U2 F D L R2 B L
  • D2 B2 D2 F' R2 B' R2 U2 R2 U' L D' F' U2 B U' L2 U' R' D F
  • F2 U' L2 B2 D2 L2 F2 U' B2 U' R B F U L' R U' F' R' F' U'
  • D' B2 F2 R2 D' B2 D R2 U2 F2 D' L2 B R F2 L U' F' R2 D2 U'
  • B2 F2 U F2 U' L2 D' B2 F2 D' R B F U2 L R' U' B2 R D2 R2
  • R2 D' B2 U' R2 F2 D' B2 R2 F L' B2 L' R2 B' R2 U' B' D R D'
  • B2 D' R2 U L2 F2 U' L2 D R2 U2 F' R D' L2 U' F' L D F' D2
  • F2 L2 D2 U B2 L2 B2 L2 D2 U' R2 B U' F2 L F' L' U2 B2 L' U'
  • D2 F R2 D2 F R2 B' L2 B2 R2 D2 F2 U R2 F U R2 F2 U B' L
  • D2 R F2 U2 L2 D2 R D2 B2 D L' B' F L2 U B L B' D' L2 F
  • B2 U2 B2 D L2 D B2 F2 D R2 U' B' U2 L' U' L2 U' B' L2 F' U
  • B2 R F2 L U2 R F2 D2 R2 U B' R U B' D R' B R2 F
  • L2 U' F2 L2 R2 U' B2 U' L2 D F2 R' B' R2 F L2 B' F2 L' F2 D'
  • R' D2 L' U2 L2 B2 D2 F2 L U2 L2 D' B' F' U B U R' B' R' D
4x4 Scrambles

(Generated by CCT)

  • D' f' L r R2 f2 r' u L' B D u' r2 F2 L r2 R' F2 U' B2 L' U2 L r' R2 D L F' R F u B' u U R2 u' L' r R D
  • F' u' R2 D u2 U' f D B' D B2 R' F' L F u F2 u2 F U' L2 f2 F U2 B' F D' L u' U2 B f2 F' r2 B' f2 F2 L' U R'
  • B D2 R2 U R' B' f F L' B f2 r' u' B f F U f' r B R D L' R2 F R' D u' U' L' r2 R D u2 U' f' R D2 u' F'
5x5 Scrarmble:

(Generated by CCT)

  • U B2 D2 d B' b2 f D' B' u2 U2 L2 l' r U2 B' D' d' u' U' l' b' l D' d u' U' l B' U' B l b2 U L b L R' U f2 L' f' u2 B2 b f' L' F2 L' r2 R' F2 r2 R2 D2 L' d2 f R' D2


There were 44 participants representing 5 countries (plus Smerbia). Of these, 3 participated in Europe and the rest were from North America.

3x3 Speedsolve

NameCountryNegative TimeComment
Harris ChanCanada-59 minutes, 50.62 secondsScrambled with cross on U (F = green) and using my mini type C cube >.
Patrick JamesonUSA-59 minutes, 48.37 secondsNot bad. Pretty easy scramble.
Waris AliUSA-59 minutes, 48.14 seconds
Stefan HuberAustria-59 minutes, 47.23 secondsextremely shaky solve, but in the third attempt my best negative time so far :D would've had sub10 potential, but nevermind...
Michael YoungSmerbia-59 minutes, 46.27 secondsThat was a pretty good solve.
Dan CohenUSA-59 minutes, 46.19 seconds:(
Andy TsaoUSA-59 minutes, 46.05 seconds
Shotaro MakisumiJapan-59 minutes, 45.35 seconds
Vincent SheuUSA-59 minutes, 44.26 secondsI totally froze on the final t-perm for about a second =.=
Daniel ChanUSA-59 minutes, 43.49 secondsGreat fun. I and Tyler did this simultaneously. Too bad it was only a mediocre solve, but at least it is better than last year! Looking forward to doing this again.
Jim MertensUSA-59 minutes, 43.37 seconds
Raku WatariUSA-59 minutes, 43.20 secondsBleh... but a nice way to end Halloween.
Jeff ChiuUSA-59 minutes, 43 seconds
Devin Corr-RobinettUSA-59 minutes, 42.97 secondsmeh
Michael GottliebUSA-59 minutes, 42 secondsI remember it was a 17.xx, but I lost the time, so I am rounding up to 18 flat.
Jeremy FleischmanUSA-59 minutes, 41.81 secondsFucking Irish carbombs...
Florian HerzogAustria-59 minutes, 41.21 secondshehe Doublesune OLL and PLL skipped...
well, I had absolutely NO lookahead on F2L :/
But good time for me anyway ^^
Lucas GarronGermany-59 minutes, 41.05 seconds
Nick YoungUSA-59 minutes, 40.50 seconds
Kai JiptnerGermany-59 minutes, 40 secondsdid it in the middle of the 4x4 memo and wasn't quite prepared for!
Stephanie ChowUSA-59 minutes, 39.40 secondsI Thai-jizzed in my cube.
Jackson WarleyUSA-59 minutes, 38 seconds
Kevin KapinosUSA-59 minutes, 37.84 secondsActual time: 22.16 seconds. 11 seconds better than last year; 7 seconds worse than my average.
Chonnie CenUSA-59 minutes, 33.06 secondsBlame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol.
Shari KuroyamaUSA-59 minutes, 31.44 seconds
Kevin JorgensenUSA-59 minutes, 30.52 seconds
Patrick TranUSA-59 minutes, 38.77 secondsThat's what she said.
John ToUSA-59 minutes, 26.28 secondsTotally fucked up. No I'm just kidding. Totally messed up. Okay sure.
V-teUSA-59 minutes, 25 secondsSigh, I got nervous. Why do I always get nervous? =(((
James YangUSA-59 minutes, 13 secondsYay, first time -- goal was -59min 20sec
Dahlia AnUSA-58 minutes, 57 secondsMy last name is not Tran.
Dashel ScarboroughUSA-58 minutes, 56.87 secondsNOO!! I FAILED!! terrible PLL and 1 F2L case took like 4 seconds to locate the other piece! :(
Meng-Hsuan WuUSA-58 minutes, 36.59 seconds
Batmant Von BatmanersonBatmanburghvillenstein-59 minutes, 43.17 seconds8=========D

3x3 Blindfolded

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Leyan LoUSA-58 minutes, 5.14 seconds
2Shelley ChangUSA-57 minutes, 47.78 secondsThe cake is a lie
3Peter BattaglinoUSA-57 minutes, 17 seconds
4Anthony HsuUSA-55 minutes, 3 secondsI rushed back to my room from a Halloween orchestra show and by the time I started up my computer, it was already 1:59:xx, so I didn't have time to go online and apply the official scramble. Thus, I mixed up my cube randomly by hand (so technically this is an invalid solve) and started at 1:59:55. I realized I didn't have a blindfold when I started, but I wanted to do it properly, so after memorization, I actually dug through my backpack to find my blindfold. Ended: 1:04:52 AM. First blindfolded negative solve for me. Whoohoo!
5Lucas GarronGermanyDNF (-57 minutes, 48.49 seconds)3 corners off.
6Devin Corr-RobinettUSADNF (-53 minutes, 12.16 seconds)hmm I forgot I started this for a minute after finishing 3x3

4x4 BLD

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Kai JiptnerGermany-48 minutes, 35 secondsdon't know if it's slow because it's that late or because I did a safety solve :D

Most cubes solved blindfolded in a negative time

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeResultComment
-Mike HugheyUSA-0 minutes, 38.43 seconds9 / 10Ugh - almost a pure success. Missed the eighth cube because I didn't memorize a piece twice when breaking a cycle, so I did parity when I didn't need to.

Memorization time: -21:27 Execution time: 20:44

4x4 MultiBLD

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeResultComment
1Chris HardwickUSA-8 minutes, 35.95 seconds2 out of 3 solvedMy first ever attempt at three 4x4s. I know exactly the error I made on the first cube, and I knew when I made it. I wasn't sure if I did a single or a double turn on a face, and I guesses and guessed incorrectly :-(

5x5 Speedsolve

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Kristopher De AsisCanada-58 minutes, 38.32 seconds

Most Puzzles Relay

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeResultComment
1Michael GottliebUSA-0 minutes, 2 seconds53I did a total of 53 puzzles (18 physical puzzles, 35 computer ones). I stopped the timer halfway through the 54th at about -2 seconds.


PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Forte ShinkoCanada-59 minutes, 33 secondsOdd parity and doing some wrong moves :(

Square-1 "Real Man's Average of 50"

PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1Andrew NelsonSmerbia-15 minutes, 47.53 secondsDidn't time individual solves, just did 50 squares-1 in quick succession. Total scrambling + solving time was 44:12.47


PlaceNameCountryNegative TimeComment
1David WonerUSA-58 minutes, 53.55 secondsSquare-2 is fun!