When the Rubik's Cube was unleashed on the world in the late '70s and early '80s, I caught onto the craze like everyone else, trying to solve the puzzle cube as quickly as possible. I eventually bought a cheat book and figured out how to solve it, but my best times were in the under 5 minute mark, not seconds like the speed solvers seen here, at the recent Rubik Championships, held in Bangkok, Thailand.
I'm sure there's some method of pattern memorization/recognition involved, and these competitors need very nimble fingers (and fast-moving cubes, unlike the creaky and cranky cubes I used), but still, it's pretty impressive to see a cube solved in under 10 seconds. Enjoy the videos:
First up, the winner of the 3x3 cube (the one we all know), Michal Pleskowicz from Poland, who had an average solving time of 8.65 seconds.
Next up, Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, who is shown here during the 3x3 finals, but was also the winner of the 2x2, 4x4 and 5x5 cube competition.
There's a ton of other videos out there of people solving the cube quickly, but sometimes we just gotta recognize the tops in their field when they have a championship.
Other winners/categories include Arifumi Fushimi of Japan (one-handed 3x3 cube), Sebatsien Auroux of Germany (3x3 cube, fewest moves), Henrik Buus Aagard of Denmark (3x3 cube with feet, I want to meet him), Jules Desjardin of France (Pyraminx), Dan Cohen of the USA (Square-1), Simon Westlund of Sweden (Megaminx), Daniel Shephard of the U.K. (Rubik's Clock), Balint Bodor of Hungary (Rubik's Magic), Mate Horvath of Hungary (Master Magic), Zane Carney of Australia (3x3 cube blindfolded), Aldo Feandri of Indonesia (4x4 cube blindfolded), and Chris Hardwick of the USA (5x5 cube blindfolded). All of these people are likely to be great party guests, so put them on your invite list.
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