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150 Puzzle Masters Gather for Vancouver’s 2017 Rubik’s Cube Competition

Posted on January 10, 2017

CityMash.com - If you’ve ever tried to solve a Rubik’s Cube you can probably testify to the fact that it’s not easy. There aren’t many people that walk away from these tricky puzzles with a success story, that’s for sure.

Well, believe it or not, there are a ton of people that have mastered the Rubik’s Cube, and 150 of them came together to compete on January 7th, 2016 at Vancouver’s Rubik’s Cube competition. The Vancouver competition is a fierce one, and the largest of its kind in the province. Though just solving it seems hard enough, these puzzle masters competed to solve the Rubik’s Cube as fast as possible.

When we say “as fast as possible,” we’re talking seconds. In fact, Saturday’s competition hosted globally-known Rubik’s Cube celebrity Kevin Hays who has solved it in only 5.1 seconds, holding the world record up until about a month ago. Hays’ other claim to fame is having solved 8 Rubik’s cubes while submerged in water, which landed him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Check it out:

If you’re wondering what it takes to become a Rubik’s Cube champion, you’re not alone. Alvin Yang and Tom Wang, the organizers of this year’s competition, say that it’s not only practice involved, but that you actually have to learn countless algorithms in order to master the puzzle.

Many people assume that it takes a full-blown genius with the finger dexterity of Ludwig van Beethoven to do what you see in the videos; but, with non-stop practice and unwavering commitment, it appears average civilians like us could one day breeze through the solving of a Rubik’s Cube.

Here’s something you may not have known, there are a number of different types of Rubik’s Cubes. The competition was split up into 7 different events where contestants competed to solve the different types of cubes.

Also, in case you were wondering (because we were), the competition is totally fair, as each contestant’s cube is scrambled in the exact same way.

Finally, the top three in each event received a certificate of achievement and a prize which was, you guessed it, a Rubik’s Cube!

So Vancouver, what do you think, would you put in the time to become a Rubik’s Cube champion?

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Written by Britanny Burr
Britanny is a Freelance Writer and Editor with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains and is currently dwelling in Vancouver. She loves pool parties (though they are few and far between because she lives in Canada), hairless cats (though she hasn't yet met one in real life), and people who make her laugh. You can find her dancing, reading, drinking coffee or wine (dependent on the time of day), and watching Boy Meets World re-runs. @britburr More articles by Britanny Burr

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