CUBISTS GATHER FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

CUBISTS GATHER FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgBy Pablo Gorondi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BUDAPEST, Hungary – A 16-year-old took the top prize at the Rubik’s Cube world championship Sunday, solving the puzzle five times in an average of 12.46 seconds. But the fastest single attempt was a cool 10.88 seconds, just off the world record of 9.86 seconds. “I’m glad the cube is reaching new generations who face it with fresh wonder, curiosity and enthusiasm,” he said. Other competitors showed their skill by solving the cube blindfolded, with one hand or with their feet. Electronic timers were used and players solved the cubes that started at positions set with the help of computers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yu Nakajima of Japan won the main event for twisting the cube – which has nine colored tiles on each on its six sides – into the winning position, in which all like-colored tiles are on the same face. The U.S.’s Andrew Kang, who came in second for the main event, set the best time for a single attempt at the championship. The world record has been held by Thibaut Jacquinot of France since May. The five-attempt event garners the top award of $7,000, prizing consistency over a single – possibly lucky – win. More than 250 competitors from 33 countries took part in the event, the first to be held in Hungary – where the cube was invented by Erno Rubik in 1974 – since competition began in 1982. Rubik, an engineer who developed several other mechanical games after the cube, made a rare public appearance at the medal ceremony, helping to hand out the main awards. last_img

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