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Rubik’s cube competition

In our last post we gave you information about the upcoming Vancouver Open 2013 and today here is another Rubik’s cube competition that we are sharing with you.

Toronto Winter Open 2013

The Toronto competition will also be a an official Rubik’s cube competition, therefore all WCA rules and regulations apply. The speedcubing competition will be held on February 16, 2013, at Seneca College’s SeneCentre, which is located at 1750 Finch Ave. East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2J 2X5. Registration for the competition will close on February 13, 2013.

Register HERE

Events

The following is a list of the events currently offered at the competition.
  • 2x2x2
  • 3x3x3
  • 3x3x3 One-Handed
  • 3x3x3 Blindfolded
  • 4x4x4
  • 5x5x5
  • Pyraminx
  • Megaminx

For more information please visit CanadianCubing.

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Rubik’s cube competition

For many of us the Rubik’s cube  is a fun puzzle that we play with once in a while, however for others the Rubik’s cube is much more than that. All around the world thousands of kids and adults alike practice for hours a day to become the fastest speedcuber in the world. Every year kids challenge themselves at official Rubik’s cube competitions to find out who has the fastest fingers at unscrambling the Rubik’s cube.

Vancouver Open 2013

The Vancouver Open, Winter 2013 Rubik’s cube competition will be held on February 2, 2013, at Science World at TELUS World of Science, which is located at 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC. This is a WCA event, therefore all official regulations will be followed. Registration for the competition will close on January 31, 2013. There is an early bird pricing for those registering online.

Registration

Events

Events currently offered at the Rubik’s cube competition.

  • 2x2x2
  • 3x3x3
  • 3x3x3 One-Handed
  • 3x3x3 Blindfolded
  • 4x4x4
  • 5x5x5
  • Pyraminx
  • Square-1

Volunteers

The organizers are always looking for dedicated people to donate their time and efforts to the Rubik’s cube competitions. Scramblers and judges are needed for every round of every event. It is a great opportunity for parents, siblings, friends, or anyone that wants to come and be involved but does not want to compete yet. Training will be provided on the morning of the competition for those wishing to help out. It is not difficult, so don’t be afraid!

For anyone that volunteers and helps out for an entire competition, the organizers will act as a reference if you wish to put this on your resume or college application. They will also sign any high school volunteer hour sheets provided you work the entire competition. But you must arrange this with them before the competition. Send an email to volunteer.bc@canadiancubing.com if you plan to help out.

For more information visit CanadianCubing

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No coincidences

I believe there are no coincidences in life. I’ve been writing Rubik’s blogs for two years now and the topic of today’s post seem to have found me at the right time.

There have been numerous articles about why the Rubik’s cube is so popular all over the world. It has been used for various activities over the past decades, but I think it stays  popular because it always turns out the cube is a wonderful educational and a helping tool that can be used in many different fields, even ones we don’t yet fully understand.

It hasn’t even been a week that one of my best friend’s daughter was diagnosed with autism. Although this possibility has been raised before, I think this news is difficult to process, simply because – just like a final judgment – we loose all our hope for our child to have a “normal” life.  I recommend  today’s post especially for you my dear friend, and of course to all those who have wonderful autistic children.

You can find the original source HERE. At the end of the article, I added a video of Max.

Autistic boy

SAN DIEGO – One of the fastest Rubik’s cube players in the world lives in San Diego and is 10 years old.

Max Park started playing with Rubik’s cube for a couple of years as part of his autism therapy.

“Initially, the reason to do it was to work with his motor skills,” Max’s dad Schwan Park said.

He got into it so much, he asked his parents to take him to Los Angeles to watch some of the best compete.

“We thought let’s bring him there its good experience,” Schwan Park said.

Park ended up on the competition floor, solving a 6 by 6 Rubik’s cube in less than three minutes.  The time won him a division title and placed him among the best 100 players in the world.

“Some of these kids were college age kids and he was doing that well, that was a surprise,” Schwan Park said.

His mom Miki said whenever Max isn’t doing homework, he spends his off time trying to come up with new moves on his Rubik’s cube.

He’s also working on mastering other hobbies such as stacking cups and training to run a 5K.

“He’s constantly surprising us,” she said.

Photo and Video Source: fox5sandiego.com

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Location:
Budapest, Hungary

Marcell EndreyOccupation:
Student (IT and aesthetics)

What is your favorite event, why?
3×3 blindfolded. As much as I enjoy speedsolving, I find the precision of BLD methods more appealing. This event is such a well-proportioned mixture of the mental challenge of memorization and the awesome feeling of turning the cube like crazy.

What made you become interested in solving puzzles?
I have always been interested in puzzles and brain-teasers, so I guess I was bound to take an interest in the cube as well. The actual story is quite boring: one day our cube caught my eye as it was sitting on a shelf, so I picked it up and decided that I had to find out how to solve this thing.

What, in your opinion, is your biggest “cubing” accomplishment?
Standing on the podium at the World Championship 2011 was something I couldn’t even have hoped for a couple of years before. As for records, I am more pleased with my 3×3 BLD ER than my former multi-bld WR, partly because the latter event is less important to me, and partly because I find it easier. 3×3 is very fast-paced, it means a lot of stress to me, so I often get nervous at competitions and find it really hard to concentrate. Pulling off a solve that was 1.08 slower than the WR is something I am very proud of.

What are your other hobbies?
Playing music, mainly. I have been playing the piano for over 10 years now, and from time to time I like to fool around with my guitar as well. I just love sitting down with my friends with some guitars, singing and playing songs we all like. I’m also playing in an Irish rock band featuring instruments like bagpipes and violin, or, in my case, the accordion, and, hopefully, soon a banjo as well. I also enjoy computer programming, but ever since I started university that has become an occupation instead of a hobby.

What is/are your pet peeve(s)?
Incorrect grammar, especially in printed text.

What will the future of cubing be like and how would you like cubing to progress?
Cubing is still growing, which is a great thing. Records are broken over and over, and since everything that seemed to be impossible to surpass has been surpassed again and again, I think nobody can say how long it will stay this way. I personally am certain that all bld records will be drastically improved during the upcoming year. As blindfolded solving has kind of come into focus, more and more people are practicing these events, mutually inspiring each other, and bringing bld cubing to levels we’ve never seen. It’s only a matter of time that someone will do at competition what they have done at home.
I think someday we will reach a point where most of the continental and world records will be super-fast and practically impossible to reach for anyone who doesn’t spend literally all their time practicing, and I’m somehow worried that this would be less fun than what we currently have. I’m not really worried about cubing in general, though: it has always found a way to be a lot of fun, and I strongly believe this will stay the same, no matter what.

So far, what has been your most enjoyable cubing experience?
The WC2011. Going to a faraway country, entering this awesome competition, seeing amazing results, witnessing records being broken, meeting a lot of great cubers and making friends with them, and – of course – having some success myself is something I’ll never forget.

The source of the above article is speedcubing.com

Photo Source: speedcubing.com

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