Highlights from the National Rubik’s Cube Championship

13 Aug

Last weekend I attended the U.S. National Rubik’s Cube Championship (as an observer, not a competitor). It was just as nerdtastic as I’d hoped it would be!

3X3, one handed

Some thoughts:

  • First impression: the noise! Hundreds of people solving the cube at the same time makes quite a ruckus.
  • Second impression: the youth! There were a lot of 13-year-olds there. I think this is so much cooler than many Olympic sports. Why aren’t these kids getting endorsement deals?

So many flavors!

  • Seeing people solve the 4X4 blindfolded makes my brain explode a little bit.
  • Seeing someone storm out of the room after failing to solve the 4X4 blindfolded makes me chuckle a little bit. You’re trying to solve the cube, people, not negotiate world peace! (It was also amusing to see other competitors huddle around the cube that caused the storm out in order to assess the damage, and then slowly shake their heads like mourners at a funeral.)

I wouldn't even know how to begin.

  • Though they were completely outnumbered, I was happy to see there were quite a few girls there. Yay girls!
  • Watching other people work out a solution can be both meditative and suspenseful. It’s a little bit mesmerizing, actually. It’s suspenseful in that sometimes after a series of furious moves, there will be a bit of a pause, and you’re sure the competitor has lost the thread, only to realize a few seconds later they were just re-calculating. Very impressive.

p.s. If you’re solving the cube using more than 20 moves, you’re doing it wrong.


3 Responses to “Highlights from the National Rubik’s Cube Championship”

  1. Jung August 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Wow. That pretty much sums it up for me. Where was this?


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