Fancy footwork to tackle Rubik’s Cube for first time in national competition

Posted by ap507 at Oct 29, 2014 02:11 PM |
‘Speedcubers’ to compete for title of UK Champion 2014 for 40th anniversary event at University of Leicester

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 29 October

International Rubik’s Cube masters have learned to solve the infamous box puzzle in a novel new way – by solely using their feet and toes.

The fleet-of-foot experts will be competing at the University of Leicester to find out who can solve the puzzle the quickest in order to mark the 40th anniversary of the complex cube –and in celebration will for the first time be playing in a hands-free zone. 

The event, which takes place 1-2 November at the Percy Gee Building on campus, will mark the third time the ‘speedcubers’ have visited the University, this time to take part in the 2014 Rubik’s Cube Championships.

The two-day event will see over 100 competitors from 13 different countries convening in order to test their mettle.

For the first time there is a new event this year which involves the skillful competitors solving the Rubik’s Cube using their feet.

The CUBESTORMER III robot will also be present on Saturday 1 November, which is capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube in a matter of seconds.

The event also consists of a variety of separate competitions including 2x2 Rubik’s Cube, 4x4 Rubik’s Cube, 5x5 Rubik’s Cube, Rubik’s Magic, 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube one handed and 3x3 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. 

The Rubik’s Cube, which has a whopping 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 – 43 quintillion - possible combinations on its six coloured faces, was invented by Ernö Rubik in the spring of 1974 in his home town of Budapest, Hungary, and has since become a global phenomenon and a quintessential head-scratcher among puzzle-solvers.

At the event the current UK Champion Thom Barlow will be defending his cubing title.  The 2013 Rubik’s Cube Champion from Manchester last year completed the iconic 3x3 cube in a mind blowing 10.64 seconds average. Current UK record holder and new European Champion, 16 year old Alexander Lau will also be competing and ready to take on the challenge, as well as previous champion Breandan Vallance.

The 2014 Rubik’s Cube Championships will take place on 1-2 November at the Percy Gee Building at the University of Leicester. The event is not open to the public. 

A guide to solving a Rubik’s Cube puzzle is available here:

A video of the CUBESTORMER III robot in action can be found here:


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