EXCLUSIVE: Rubik’s Cube sensation targets World Cup final glory

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Australian Zemdegs eyes regular solving and fastest hand wins in Moscow.

Feliks Zemdegs has become a global star on the back of his astonishing ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube in the quickest time with the Australian out for more glory at the 2019 final of the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup.

The Australian will head an exciting field in Moscow on November 17 on the back of his incredible exploits with 120 world records in speed cubing and 554 World Cube Association competition wins to his name.

The 23-year-old – who has a website CubeSkills which includes tutorials on solving the Rubik’s Cube and other puzzles – saw his 4.22 seconds fastest 3×3 cube solve world record recently beaten by a rival at 3.47s so expect him to be at the top of his game in Russia.

Champions will be crowned across four different game modes. 3×3 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; 3×3 Female – a competition exclusively for female competitors.

Other names to watch out for are Sebastian & Philipp Weyer (Germany), Max Park (USA), Juliette Sebastien (France), Dana Yi (USA), Kalina Jakubowska (Poland) and Berta García Parra (Spain).

Here is what Melbourne native Zemdegs had to say ahead of the annual showpiece event for his sport:

What are your aims for the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup final?

I’d like to make the podium in both regular solving and the fastest hand events, and winning either of those would be a really nice bonus! I’m just aiming to compete well – if I do that then the outcomes will take care of themselves.

When did your Rubik’s Cube fascination begin?

I was 12 years old (in 2008) when I came across videos of speedsolving on YouTube and decided to look up a tutorial to learn how to solve it. I’ve been addicted ever since.

Where is the most random place you have ever solved a Rubik’s Cube?

Nothing particularly crazy. I’ve done it whilst skiing a few times.

How much practice did it take to master it?

I brought it to high school for the first few weeks, but stopped that pretty quickly. I mainly just do practice at home, but that’s probably at least an hour a day for the past 12 years or so. So, a lot of practice!

Your 3×3 record was recently beaten, so how keen are you to get that back?

Motivated by both. Winning a big tournament is awesome, but so is breaking a world record in a slightly different way. The 3×3 single world record is now at a point where significant luck is required to beat it, so that’s somewhat out of my control and not really a key goal any more.

What speed do you think is possible in the future, if all the stars were aligned?

I think it’s possible to average five seconds flat for the 3×3 cube consistently but, for a single solve, anything down to two seconds flat is probably achievable because of how much luck can theoretically be involved.

Do you believe anyone can train their mind to solve a Rubik’s Cube?

Certainly. All it takes is a bit of patience and practice and a few hours following a tutorial on YouTube.

You have been called the Usain Bolt of Rubik’s Cubes. Do you like such a comparison?

I’d prefer to be the Feliks of Rubik’s Cubes!

Watch the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup final live HERE.

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