Moscow to stage Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup Finals next month

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

One-on-one knockouts across three game modes for $30,000 prize pool.

National qualifying winners and elite wildcard players will meet at Moscow’s Yota Arena on November 17 for the chance to win the second Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup – now in collaboration with the World Cube Association (WCA). Here is all you need to know:

– In 1974, Hungarian architect and professor Ernö Rubik was trying to create a 3D mechanism to use as a teaching tool with the resulting solid Rubik’s Cube that he created twisting and moving independently without breaking into pieces – allowing it to become scrambled.

– With over 43 quintillion ways to solve the six-faced and six-coloured puzzle, it took Rubik one month to figure it out and the Buvos Kocka (Magic Cube) was born with the name change to Rubik’s Cube seeing the toy go on to become a phenomenon with 350 million sold.

– The Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup goal is to continue the development of competitive speedcubing by creating more visibility for this professional mind sport and play variants.

– Competitive one-on-one knockouts will be played across three game modes – Speed Cubing (fastest male and fastest female), Fastest Hand (one handed solve) and Re-scramble in order to get their hands on the $30,000 USD prize pool and the coveted world titles.

– The three month-long qualifying season launched in August with national winners from China, India, Mexico, Spain and Russia competing in the Russian Finals alongside the Red Bull Rubik’s World Cup champions from 2018, WCA winners and the USA Nationals winner.

– In September 2018, Feliks Zemdegs recorded the only solution under five seconds at the inaugural Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championships to take the speedcubing title in Boston.

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