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Rubik’s cube World Championship Live from Las Vegas

In only a few hours the Rubik’s Cube World Championship will kick off in Las Vegas! This is the first time the Rubik’s Cube World Championship returns to America since 2005, where more than 570 speedcubers from 39 countries will attempt to become the fastest cuber on the planet in the Sin City. This year once again, you can tune in to watch the tournament LIVE from the comfort of your home and cheer for our Canadian Rubik’s Cube team.

Can anyone beat Mats Valk’s shocking 5:55 second world record?

The race will start today, July 26 and will run until Sunday, July 28. The 2011 World Cahmpion, Michal Pleskowicz from Poland will be there to defend his title. He stole the crown two years ago with completing the 3×3 Rubik’s cube in 8.65 seconds in Bangkok. All eyes, however, are on the 17-year-old Mats Valk from Holland who beat Australian Feliks Zemdeg’s unbelievable 5.66 second time this year at the Zonhoven Open.  Of course, Feliks will be there too, so this year’s World Cup promises tremendous excitement for racers and spectators as well.

Important information about the World Championship

You can find the complete list of competitors RIGHT HERE.

Events

The World Rubik’s Cube Championship is comprised of 17 official events, including the following speedsolving events:

  • 2×2 Rubik’s Cube
  • 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
  • 4×4 Rubik’s Cube
  • 5×5 Rubik’s Cube
  • 6×6 Cube
  • 7×7 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
  • Pyraminx
  • Square-1
  • Megaminx
  • Rubik’s Clock
  • 4×4 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
  • 5×5 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
  • 3×3 Rubik’s Cube multiple blindfolded

HEADLINE EVENTS:

Sunday, July 28

  • 3:15 p.m. 3X3 Rubik’s Cube Blindfolded Final
  • 4:14 p.m. 3×3 Rubik’s Cube One-Handed Final
  • 5:00 p.m. 3×3 Rubik’s Cube Final

Watch the Championship LIVE!

If the video doesn’t open here just click on LIVE above and enjoy. Live event starts on Friday, July 26.

Good luck to Alain Cormier, Andre Cantin, Anthony Hua, Antoine Cantin, Cassius Felicella, Celeste Anderson, Claude Cantin, Coren Broughton, Daniel Que, Dave Campbell, Eric Kulchycki, Eric Limeback, Everest Shi, Forte Shinko, Harris Chan, Jackson Pichurski, Jacob Hutnyk,  Julain David, Justin Jaffray, Kristopher De Asis, Louis Cormier, Louise Cormier, MIcael Boulet, Rhodri Mativo,

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Google

Google, the Internet giant, will become “Beyond Rubik‘s cube” online senior creative partner. Just over a year ago we reported on the latest undertaking of the Rubik’s Brand.   For the Rubik’s cubes 40th anniversary a museum exhibition will be launched traveling worldwide launching  in New Jersey at the Liberty Science Center in the spring of 2014.

Partnership

“Google’s team will extend the exhibition into the digital realm, personalizing the experiences and embedding the exhibition in global social media,” according to a description of the exhibit (PDF). The Rubik’s cube and Google’s  unabashed nerdiness we think is a great match.

Word of the project trickled out on Google+ on Rubik’s 69th birthday on Saturday and as an added bonus Rubik himself joined Google+.

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Rubik’s cube Inspiration

If you need inspiration to get through the day, look no further! We bring you yet another story about how the Rubik’s cube inspired one man and how it unleashed amazing energy within him just by solving it.

Becoming blind

Exactly one year ago a routine cataract surgery left Sameer Doshi permanently blind after an incorrect dosage of steroid drops. So many would have felt their world has just collapsed on them – but not Doshi. With some help from his wife, Doshi shared his amazing story on Reddit in a post on Thursday, writing, “A year ago I went blind. Today I solved my ‘modified’ Rubik’s cube.”

Modified Rubik’s cube

And just what did Doshi modified on the Rubik’s cube that allowed him to solve it blind? Read what we had to say:

 After returning to work I needed a challenge since I couldn’t play games. So I decided to learn to solve a Rubik’s cube (while blind). I modified a cube using velcro, plastic gems, and Dora-the-Explorer puffy stickers.

This one short post ended up receiving 36,000 votes, 1,200 comments, and even  supporters for his 2014 campaign. Some users even contributed to his PAC, Illinois Vision Forward as he is now running for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives as his latest challenge.

Vision

“Just because I’m blind doesn’t mean I don’t have vision,” Doshi commented.

Hundreds of users were inspired by his persistence and many even dubbed him a “champion.”

“Your husband has more drive than any man I’ve met in person,” one user wrote. “I honestly think I’d be really depressed if this happened to me, but here he is wanting to run for a place within the government. What a great guy.”

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Are you up for a challenge? Take The Ultimate Rubik’s Quiz and see how you fare against the others.

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