Rubik’s Cube World Record
The World Cube Association (WCA) governs competitions for all Rubik puzzles, including the Rubik’s Cube. The WCA organizes competition events all over the world with the support of national organizations accountable for national competitions. All official competitions are governed by regulations set by the World Cube Association/WCA. Rubik’s cube world records can and only be officially achieved during competitions events organized by the World Cube Association.
Official world rankings, records and history are maintained by the WCA. Each Rubik’s cube competition has its own registering procedures. The first world championship organized by the Guinness Book of World Records was held in Munich on March 13, 1981. All the Cubes were moved 40 times and lubricated with petroleum jelly for the event. The official winner, with a record time of 38 seconds, was Jury Froeschl, born in Munich.
The first ever international world championship was held in Budapest on June 5, 1982, and was won by Minh Thai, a Vietnamese student from Los Angeles, with a record time of 22.95 seconds.
Since 2003, the winner of a Rubik’s cube competition is determined by taking the average time of the middle three of five attempts. Though, the single best time of all attempted tries is also recorded as well. . In 2004, the WCA made it obligatory to start using a special timing device called a Stackmat timer for all future competitions.
In addition to the official competitions, alternative competitions have been created which invite participants to solve the Cube in atypical situations. Some such situations include: Blindfolded cube solving, solving the Cube with one person blindfolded and the other person saying what moves to perform, known as “Team Blindfold”, solving the Cube underwater in one single breath, solving the Cube using a single hand and solving the Cube with one’s feet.
Of these informal competitions, the World Cube Association only sanctions blindfolded, one-handed, and feet solving as official competition events.
In blindfolded solving, the contestant first studies the scrambled cube (i.e., looking at it normally with no blindfold), and is then blindfolded before beginning to turn the cube’s faces. Their recorded time for this event includes both the time spent examining the cube and the time spent manipulating it.
The current world record for single time on a 3×3×3 Rubik’s Cube (As of the date of this post) was set by Erik Akkersdijk in 2008, which had a best time of 7.08 seconds at the Czech Open 2008. The world record average solve is currently held by Tomasz Zolnowski; which is 10.63 seconds at the Warsaw Open 2009.
On December 20, 2008, 96 people in Santa Ana, CA broke the Guinness World Record for most people solving a Rubik’s cube at once. The previous record was 75 people by a group in Atlanta, GA.
- Speedcubing/Speedsolving is the practice of trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube in the shortest time possible. There are a number of speedcubing competitions that take place around the world.