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What is Speedcubing and How to Become a Speedcuber?

Have you ever heard of the term Speedcubing and wondered what it is? Speedcubing relates to the art of solving a Rubik’s Cube. Speedcubing is sometimes also referred to as speedsolving and involves solving a variety of Rubik’s Cube puzzles as quickly as possible. The type of Rubik’s Cube most commonly solved by speedcubers is the 3x3x3 cube. Solving these puzzles involves performing a series of moves to unscramble the puzzle and match all components with the same color onto the same side of the puzzle.


What Puzzles Do Speedcubers Solve?

Speedcubers have a variety of options available to them when choosing which puzzle they would like to solve. The options available to these puzzle masters are the 2x2x2 cube and 3x3x3, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 6x6x6, and the 7x7x7 cubes. Other puzzle brackets involve solving the 3x3x3, 4x4x4, and 5x5x5 puzzles either with one hand or blindfolded. Solving these puzzles is an extreme test of both dexterity and memory.


Where Do Speedcubers Compete?

Speedcubers train all year round to hone their skills to be as efficient as possible when completing the Rubik’s Cube. Every two years, these speedcubers come together to compete in the Rubik’s Cube World Championship competition hosted by the World Cube Association. The best cubers in the world come together to compete in this bi-annual competition in order to be crowned the best speedcuber in the world.

In 2018, a new competition called the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup was introduced by the energy drink giant partnering with Rubrik’s Brand Ltd. This new competition was designed in order to challenge even the most advanced cubers by introducing innovative events for both individuals and teams of cubers.

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Who is the Fastest Cuber In the World?

Solving a Rubik’s Cube is already a difficult feat. However, speedcubers have mastered the art of completing these puzzles as quickly and efficiently as possible. Who is the fastest cuber in the world though? Being the world’s fastest cuber is an honor currently held by Chinese international Yusheng Du. Yusheng began competing in 2015 and is currently still active.

On November 24th of 2018, Yusheng Du competed at the Wuhu Open, where he broke the world record for the fastest time to complete a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube. He completed the Rubrik’s Cube puzzle in an astonishing time of 3.47 seconds, beating the previous record held by Australian international Feliks Zemdegs by 0.75 seconds.

However, it is interesting to note that a computer recently completed this same puzzle in a staggering time of 0.38 seconds. Feliks Zemdegs still holds the record for the fastest one-handed solve by solving the cube in 6.88 seconds. All of these are amazing accomplishments, showing just how capable these individuals are.


How Fast Do You Need to Solve A Cube to Be a Speedcuber?

For most people, while learning to complete the iconic puzzle, it can take anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes to do so. With practice, this time can be improved upon, and soon enough, the puzzle can be completed in under 5 minutes. While practicing, it is important to focus on learning algorithms and patterns applicable to solve the puzzle, rather than concentrating on hand speed.

Once beginners begin to complete the cube in under 2 minutes, it is important to put in the direct effort and learn new methods and techniques to further improve on this time. Without the extra effort, most cubers will find that their times begin to stagnate around this point. Pattern recognition and advanced techniques are the keys to improving completion times; this, coupled with constant practice, is the key to improvement.

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Although some people can complete the cube in around 1 minute, they are not considered to be a very good speedcuber unless they can complete the puzzle between 25 to 30 seconds consistently. Once an individual can complete a Rubik’s Cube in under 50 seconds, it is fairly certain to say that they are considered a speedcuber.


On Your Way to the Record Books?

With constant practice and learning, anyone can improve their completion times of this puzzle. With a little extra dedication and hard work, you could be on your way to the world cup to compete against the best of the best. You may just be the next world record holder should you be able to beat Yusheng Du’s time, forever etching your name into the history books.

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