From July 17th to 19th, Brazil will host the Rubik’s Cube World Championship, a biannual event that attracts the world’s fastest Rubik’s Cube solvers.
Taking place at Colégio Etapa, Rua Vergueiro, Vila Mariana, São Paulo, competitors must solve the Rubik’s Cube five times, with the fastest and slowest attempts are removed and an average time is taken.
Two years ago in Las Vegas, Australia’s Feliks Zemdegs won 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.
The world record for a Single Solve is 5.25 seconds, set by American Collin Burns in April 2015.
“The Rubik’s Cube World Championship is a fantastic event which attracts the world’s Speedcubing elite,” commented Chrisi Trussell, from London-based Rubik’s Brand Ltd.
“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, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, added, “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 17 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 key event 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 via cubovelocidade.com.br/worlds.