University of Leicester to host Rubik's Cube championships
The University of Leicester will host the UK Open 2012 Rubik's Cube-solving championship this weekend.
Around 100 contestants from nine countries will compete for the fastest time taken to complete the iconic 3-D puzzle.
The two-day championship gets underway on Saturday (Nov 3) and participants, including potential world record setters, will compete in a number of different events, including one-handed speedcubing and the blindfolded speedcubing event.
Entrants have a set amount of time to study a 'scrambled' cube and must use their mathematical and cognitive skills, as well as their dexterity in order to get a winning time – which is frequently under ten seconds.
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The current world record for a 3x3x3 cube is 5.66 seconds set by 16-year-old Australian speedcubing champion Feliks Zemdegs.
The event has been co-organised by second year maths student Laurence Livsey, who also set up the University of Leicester's first Speedcubing Society this year.
Laurence, 19, said he was looking forward to the event.
He added: "I first learned to solve a cube about four years ago after I got one for Christmas, but it was in January this year that I began learning more advanced methods and started competitively speedcubing. I started getting faster and faster, before you know it you can average around 20 seconds."