Champion “speedcubers” race to complete Rubik’s Cubes at UK competition

Posted by mlrc3 at Nov 15, 2013 11:50 AM |
The Rubik’s UK Championships return to the University of Leicester on November 16 and 17

Some of the world’s fastest “speedcubers” will return to the University of Leicester this weekend to compete for the title of UK Rubik’s Cube Champion.

More than 100 competitors from 14 countries will put their lightning-fast Rubik’s Cube-solving skills to work at the Rubik’s UK Championships on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17.

The competition is being held at the University of Leicester’s Percy Gee building for the second year in a row.

The competitors – including 16-year-old Alexander Lau, the current UK champion – will face off on a number of different variations of the iconic 3-D puzzle.

These include the 2x2, 4x4 and 5x5 Rubik’s Cubes – as well as the megaminx, a dodecahedron shaped puzzle with 50 movable pieces to rearrange.

To make things even more interesting, the contest will also include one-handed and blindfolded Rubik’s Cube-solving races.

Speedcubing is a growing phenomenon, with more and more competitions being held around the world.

Speedcubers are often mathematical aces – and are able to use algorithms to solve the Rubik’s Cube’s 43 quintillion possible combinations in a matter of seconds.

The current world record-holder for a single solve of the 3x3 Rubik’s Cube is 17-year-old Dutch speedcuber Mats Valk – who solved the cube in an astounding 5.55 seconds at the Zonhoven Open in Belgium earlier this year.

Competitors will be hoping to break this record at the UK Championships this weekend.

Among them is University of Leicester undergraduate Laurence Livsey, who helped organise the event after setting up the University’s first Speedcubing society last year.

Laurence said: “The event promises to be bigger and better than last year; with more countries, more competitors, and more glory for the winner. It's really exciting for so many people with this same unusual hobby to come together like this, and it makes for a very fun weekend.

“As for achievements this weekend - I haven't prepared very much, but I am pretty quick at the 2x2x2 cube so maybe I could place well in that. Aside from that though, I just hope to break personal bests.”

The event has been organised with the UK Cube Association.

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Notes to Editors

For more information about the event, please contact Laurence Livsey at: ltpl1@student.le.ac.uk

More information about the event can be found here: http://www.ukca.org/?page_id=812

The 2013 UK Rubik’s Cube Championships is taking place on 16th – 17th November at the University of Leicester. For additional details about the event, visit: www.worldcubeassociation.org

In official Speedcubing contests, both “single solves” and “average solves” are recorded. Single solves are the fastest one-off solutions of the 3-D puzzle, while average solves take the mean score following five attempts.

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