Rubik's Cube World Championship set to be biggest to date

Jack Ridsdale

By Jack Ridsdale

June 8th 2017 at 10:58AM
UPDATED June 8th 2017 at 12:39PM
Rubik's Cube World Championship set to be biggest to date

The event will take place in Paris from Thursday July 13th - 16th and will see a record number of competitors.

The Rubiks Cube World Championship will come to Paris for the first time this year, which will see a record number of 'speedcubers' competing to solve the iconic cube fastest from Thursday, July 13th - 16th.

Australian Feliks Zemdegs will defend the world title for the Rubik’s Cube, which he has held since winning in 2013 with an average solve time of 8.18 seconds and defended in 2015 with an average solve time of 7.56 seconds.

Although the championship is traditionally aimed at individual competitors, this year the inaugural Nations Cup will see teams of three from 45 countries go head-to-head for the first time.

The Rubik’s Cube World Championship will take place at Les Docks de Paris, France, and will welcome 1,100 competitors from 69 countries, competing in eighteen individual competition classes, including blindfolded solving, solving with feet and tackling different puzzles.  The first championship took place in 1982.

Ern? Rubik, the legendary Hungarian creator of the iconic Rubik’s Cube, will be in attendance at the event.  A professor of architecture from Budapest, he created the cube in 1974 to encourage his students to think about spatial relationships.  Since its international launch in 1980, an estimated 450 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold, making it the world’s most popular toy.

“The Rubik’s Cube World Championship in Paris is set to be by far the biggest speedcubing competition the world has seen, with over twice as many competitors as the previous World Championship," commented Chrisi Trussell of Rubik's Brand Ltd. London, “Because of the competitive nature of the field, there is bound to be an incredible sense of tension. Feliks Zemdegs is difficult to beat but it’s amazing to see so many keen 'cubers in action from all corners of the globe. Ultimately, this is a social event and it’s always energising to see the support competitors give each other."