**“Don’t blink or you will miss it” is a refrain often heard in sports. From Formula 1 pit stops to the 100 meter dash, every second counts. At the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup, a second can be the difference between ultimate glory or leaving empty handed, between setting a vaunted world record or being just another speedcuber. A second can be a lifetime in the emerging discipline of speed cubing. **
On November 17, the world’s most accomplished speedcubers descend on Moscow, Russia to challenge for the Red Bull Rubik’s World Cup at the Yota Arena. Champions will be crowned across four different game modes:
3x3 Speed Cubing - solving the Rubik’s Cube as fast as possible;
Fastest Hand - a challenge that solves the Rubik’s Cube with only one hand;
Re-Scramble - pits competitors trying to replicate a computer generated pattern from another cube as fast as possible and;
3x3 Female - a track exclusively for female competitors.
Building off a successful 2018 edition, this years Red Bull Rubik’s World Cup represents an even more diverse and competitive roster of participants having secured their spots from local country qualifiers around the globe. Leading the field is 23-year-old Australian sensation Feliks Zemdegs. The owner of 120 world records in speed cubing and winner of 554 World Cube Association competitions, many consider Zemdegs the Lionel Messi of speed cubing. The jewel in his crown however was having set the world record for fastest 3x3 cube solve at 4.22 seconds in 2018 although that was recently bested by a rival at 3.47s. He’ll be hungry to not only go for gold against the competition but to get back that record.
Looking to stop him will be German rivals Sebastian & Philipp Weyer of Germany. The twin brothers are well known in the speed cubing community and have set a number of records between them. Philipp is currently the World Champion in Rubik’s Cube and a former European Champion in speed cubing while Sebastian has 18 world records and is regarded as the finest 4x4 speedcuber in the world.
Also, on the radar is youngster Max Park, a 17-year-old American rising star who currently has the fourth fastest 3x3 solve time ever, the second fastest average solve time across all competitions and has an additional 36 world records in speed cubing. Even more incredible, Park is Autistic and has widely credited his passion and dedication to speed cubing for helping develop his social and fine motor skills.
Not to be outdone, the women’s competition is stacked as well. All eyes are on French phenom Juliette Sebastien with her female 3x3 world record of 4.44s as well as 74 previous WCA competition victories. She will be hoping to cement her legacy in Moscow with another dominating victory.
Having something to say about that will be American Dana Yi, who is no stranger to the competition, winning the 2018 Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship in the female track and boasting 16 previous WCA tournament wins. Another victory for Yi would vault her into the conversation as the world’s greatest female speedcuber.
Also looking to make noise will be Poland’s Kalina Jakubowska and Spain’s Berta García Parra. After finishing third at last year’s Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship, Jakubowska made it a personal goal to avenge her loss and qualify and win this year’s edition. She traveled to Spain to secure her spot as Poland did not have a qualifier and won and now relishes the opportunity to go head-to head against Yi. García Parra, on the other hand, is known as one of the world’s foremost re-scramble speedcubers and hopes to dominate this game mode and enhance her already impressive trophy collection.
Adding to the excitement on site at the Yota Arena will be the presence of Prof. Erno Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube. Prof. Rubik will present all the winners their trophies as well as making himself available to discuss his famous creation to the speedcubers on-site.
Speed cubing glory awaits a select few on Nov. 17. To see who emerges victorious, check out Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup live and free at www.twitch.tv/RedBull starting at 4pm (CET). Blink at your own risk however, as you might miss history.