Over 100 people attended the UK Rubik’s Cube Championship at the University of Leicester over the weekend. Speedcubers came from all over the UK and abroad to compete for title of UK Champion 2014, at the 40th anniversary event.
Speedcubing (also known as speedsolving) is the activity of solving a Rubik’s Cube or related puzzle as quickly as possible. The world record for solving the puzzle on a standard cube was set last year by Mats Valk in 5.55 seconds.
For the first time there is a new event this year which involves competitors solving the Rubik’s Cube using their feet. The event also consisted of a variety of separate competitions including 2×2 Rubik’s Cube, 4×4 Rubik’s Cube, 5×5 Rubik’s Cube, Rubik’s Magic, 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube one handed and 3×3 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded.
The Rubik’s Cube, has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 – 43 quintillion – possible combinations on its six coloured faces and was invented by by Ernö Rubik in the spring of 1974 in his home town of Budapest, Hungary. It has since gone on to become the world’s best selling puzzle game of all time, with over 350 million sold worldwide.