Brazilians are no strangers to world-class competitions; they hosted the football World Cup in 2014 and are readying themselves for the Olympics in 2016. From Friday July 17 to Sunday July 19 they will host the Rubik’s Cube World Championship, a biannual event that attracts hundreds of the world’s fastest Cubers. It takes place at Colégio Etapa, Rua Vergueiro, Vila Mariana, São Paulo, from 9AM to 6PM on Friday and Saturday and 9AM until 5PM on Sunday.
Two years ago in Las Vegas, Australia’s Feliks Zemdegs stunned the competition, solving the Rubik’s Cube with a winning average time of 8.18 seconds, and he will be in attendance at São Paulo, looking to defend his title.
Competitors solve the Rubik’s Cube five times. The fastest and slowest attempts are removed and an average time is taken so it’s not always the fastest single solve that wins the competition.
The world record for a Single Solve is 5.25 seconds, set by American Collin Burns in April 2015.
Chrisi Trussell, from London-based Rubik’s Brand Ltd, said, “The Rubik’s Cube World Championship is a fantastic event which attracts the world’s Speedcubing elite.
“The truth is that it’s not just about the competition – it’s a social weekend where participants can meet friends, share tips and watch the fastest Cubers in the world compete.
“There is a wide range of categories – for example, some people complete the puzzle blindfolded or with their feet!”
Erno Rubik, the inventor of the world’s best-selling toy, said, “I first made the Rubik’s Cube when I was a Professor of Architecture, to get my students to think spatially. Who’d have thought that 41 years later, several hundred young-at-heart fans would be competing in São Paulo? It shows that the challenge of completing the Cube is a timeless one!”
There are 18 different events at the 2015 Rubik’s Cube World Championship including:
• 2×2 Rubik’s Cube
• 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
• 4×4 Rubik’s Cube
• 5×5 Rubik’s Cube
• One-handed 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
• Blindfolded 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
• 3×3 Rubik’s Cube (fewest moves)
• 3×3 Rubik’s Cube with feet
• 4×4 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
• 5×5 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
• 3×3 Rubik’s Cube multiple blindfolded
The highlight of the competition is the 3 x 3 x 3 final, which starts at 4.15PM (São Paulo local time) on Sunday July 19. The championships will be streamed live from the start of the competition and can be viewed viahttp://cubovelocidade.com.br/worlds/ .
Rubik’s Cube World Championship
The Rubik’s Cube World Championship was first held in Budapest in 1982 and was won by American Minh Thai with a time of 22.95 seconds. In each of the six Rubik’s Cube World Championships since then, the winning time has been faster than the one preceding it.
Since then there have been six World Championships and it is now held biannually, attracting more than 400 competitors. See below a list of contenders to watch at this year’s event and their personal best times:
1 Australia – Feliks Zemdegs 6.54
2 Netherlands – Mats Valk 7.45
3 Canada – Antoine Cantin 8.01
4 Poland – Michał Pleskowicz 8.11
5 USA – Anthony Brooks 8.17
6 UK – Robert Yau 8.21
7 UK – Breandan Vallance 8.32
8 USA – Kevin Hays 8.38
9 Brazil – Pedro Henrique da Silva Roque 8.43
10 Poland – Jakub Kipa 8.46
11 USA – Justin Mallari 8.61
12 Australia – Jayden McNeill 8.70
13 Brazil – Gabriel Dechichi Barbar 8.80
14 India – Kabyanil Talukdar 8.90
15 Slovenia – Staš Zupanc 9.04
To find out more about the Rubik’s Cube, visit the website at www.rubiks.com, Twitter feed @RubiksOnline or official Facebook page.
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