The cube enthusiasts started speed solving after Rubik’s cube became popular during 80s. They also started solving other twisty puzzles in shortest possible time. Subsequently Speed cubing competitions started with different challenges across the globe. And Rubik’s cube competitions became speed cubers paradise. The challenges were like fastest solve, solve with one hand, solve with feet. Another competitions were like blindfolded, underwater solve in single breath, multi blindfold etc.
First World Cube Competition
The first competition was organized in Munich by The Guinness Book of World Records in March 1981. Wherein, the first record set by Jury Froeschl with a time of 38 seconds. He was from Munich. The first international world championship was held on June 5, 1982 in Budapest. And the first International champion was Minh Thai, from Los Angeles, with a time of 22.95 seconds. From 2003, the winner of a competition is been decided by taking the average time of the middle three of five attempts. Though, the single best time of all tries is also recorded. The history of World records is maintained by World Cube Association. There are few unofficial competitions being organized in different parts of the world.
World Cube Association:
The World Cube Association was formed on 18th October 2004 by Ron Van Bruchem from Netherlands and Tyson Mao from The USA. The objective of the association is to have more competitions in more countries, under fair conditions. The World Cube Association organizes the competition of twisty puzzles in various parts of the world. The idea of the World Cube Association is that cubers from across the globe should have fun together and help each other and act with sportsman spirit.
The World Cube Association is non- profit organization. The board member of the association assigns different teams, committee and delegates who organizes official competitions. The official events of the WCA are 3x3x3 Cube, 2x2x2 Cube, 4x4x4 Cube, 5x5x5 Cube, 3x3x3 One-Handed, Clock, Megaminx, Pyraminx, Skewb, and Square-1. For more details on rules and regulations of the competition, visit https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/regulations/#article-9-events.
Redbull Rubik’s Cube World Cup
Redbull Rubik’s Cube World Cup competition started in 2017. It is a global competition designed to challenge pro cuber from across the globe. Last year it was held in Moscow, Russia.
The format of the event is full of fun and entertainment. And this year, the competition is with a new digital format in various countries. The final will be on November 7th, 2020.
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