Monday, October 29, 2007

Rubik's World Championships 2007

Spinning Rubik's CubePeter and I competed at the Rubik's World Championships in Budapest, Hungary on 5-7 October. As usual, Worlds was awesome. Lots of fun competing, catching up with our cubing buddies, and meeting new cubing friends. Here are some pics...

From left to right: Joel van Noort, Jasmine Lee, Erno RubikFrom left to right: Joel van Noort from The Netherlands, me, Erno Rubik

Rubik's World Championship 2007 medallionRubik's World Championship 2007 medallion

Competition state at the Novotel Budapest CongressCompetition stage at the Novotel Budapest Congress

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007

New best 3x3x3 average of 100: 27.99s

Spinning Rubik's CubeI got a new best average of 100 yesterday. Here are the details.

Average of 100: 27.99s
Best time: 21.81s
Worst time: 39.10s
Breakdown of solves: sub-30s solves: 77%; sub-29s solves: 67%; sub-28s solves: 57%; sub-27s solves: 41%; sub-26s solves: 26%; sub-25s solves: 15%; sub-24s solves: 7%; sub-23s solves: 2%; sub-22s solves: 1%; sub-21s: 0%; sub-20s: 0%

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Two million hits

Spinning Rubik's CubeMy beginner cube solution reached two million hits a little while ago! This is exciting because it was only about six months ago that it reached one million hits.

Go cubes!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

New best 3x3x3 average: 24.56 seconds

Spinning Rubik's CubeI was totally on a roll this morning and I beat my best average for the 3x3x3 by over 1.5 seconds! This is a huge margin in speedcubing terms, so I'm very excited.

It's very rare for me to do 12 consecutive sub-30s solves, let alone 12 consecutive sub-28s solves since my real average is around 28 seconds. And of the 10 solves which count in the average, they are all sub-27s!! Here are the details...

Average: 24.56 seconds
Fastest: 22.35 seconds
Slowest: 27.22 seconds
Individual times: 25.43, 25.21, 23.20, 26.49, 24.06, 23.29, (27.22), 25.26, 25.06, 23.45, 24.12, (22.35).

What's the reason for the inspiration? Well, as usual, I've been practicing more since Worlds than I did before Worlds. I always feel very inspired after a big cube competition. Perhaps I should just see this as very early practice for Worlds 2009!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

New world record: 9.77 seconds

Spinning Rubik's CubeA new world record for the 3x3x3 single solve was set today by Erik Akkersdijk of The Netherlands. The competition was the Dutch Open 2007, and the record-breaking time was 9.77 seconds!