As Europe immerses itself in football’s UEFA European Championship, which finishes on 10 July, another continental competition may have slipped under the radar for many: theEuropean Rubik’s Cube Championship.
Taking place shortly after the end of the football Euros – 15 to 17 July – the fiercely-contested Championship will be staged in Prague, Czech Republic.
The 525 competitors – or ‘speedcubers’ – from 43 countries will take part in the seventh European Rubik’s Cube Championship, including 18 representatives of the United Kingdom. The UK has a strong track record in the competition and reigning European champion Alexander Lau, is British.
He won in 2014 with an average solve time of 8.02 seconds and a best single solve time of 6.98 seconds, but is unlikely to defend his title.
However, the UK does have the skill to be a real challenger at the 2016 European Championship in reigning British champion Robert Yau and former world champion Breandan Vallance.
Although only a European can win the prize, competitors from across the globe will be competing across 18 categories. Two-time World Champion Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, who is something of a celebrity in the Rubik’s world and holds the world record average solve time at 6.54 seconds, will be competing.
The classic 3×3 Rubik’s Cube is only one of the competitions that will take place over the weekend. The 18 competitions include:
• 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
• 4×4 Rubik’s Cube
• 5×5 Rubik’s Cube
• 2×2 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 will be the 3×3 cube final at 4.10PM local time (6.10PM GMT) on Sunday 17 July.
Each competitor solves the cube five times, the fastest and slowest times are removed and then the average time is taken from the remaining three scores. The top competitors at this year’s European Championship, in order of fastest average solve, are:
————–Name—————–Country——-Best average——-World Ranking
1——–Feliks Zemdegs ———-Australia——–6.54—————1
6———Dario Roa Sánchez——–Spain———–7.56————–11
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