India’s fastest cubers are going to Boston for a world championship
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The 2018 Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship will see Indian representation through three cubers from Chennai and one from Bengaluru.
Vijay Kishore, Priyadarshini and Sripad Sharma from Chennai will be joined by Aniketh Arya from Bengaluru as the Indian representatives at the world finals of the 2018 Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship, which will be held in Boston, USA, on 22nd September.
The inaugural Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship is being held in 15 countries around the world, and also invites wild card entries through online participation. The world championship features three unique formats of the sport; Speedcubing (the traditional format where the winner is the fastest to solve the Rubik’s Cube), Fastest Hand (winner is the fastest to solve the cube one-handed), and Re-Scramble (winner is the fastest to scramble a solved cube to match an example presented to them). Speedcubing also features a women-only category.
After city qualifiers were held across the country, winners from Kolkata, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai, plus select wild card entries, faced off in the national final in Mumbai on 20th May.
In the national final for Speedcubing Mixed, Vijay Kishore of Chennai beat his city mate Sripad Sharma 3-2 in a best-of-five championship match. Priyadarshini of Chennai triumphed 3-2 over Riddhi Shukla of Mumbai in the Speedcubing Female final. Vijay Kishore and Sripad Sharma faced each other again in the Fastest Hand final, with Sripad coming out on top 2-0 this time. In the Re-Scramble final, Aniketh Arya of Bengaluru won 2-0 against Mumbai’s Alaik Bhatia.
Here are the best timings of the Indian champions
Speedcubing Mixed: Vijay Kishore from Chennai (8.301 seconds)
Speedcubing Female: Priyadarshini from Chennai (26.205 seconds)
Fastest Hand: Sripad Sharma from Chennai (15.747 seconds)
Re-Scramble: Aniketh Arya from Bengaluru (47.010 seconds)
All four Indian champions will fly to Boston to face their counterparts from Brazil, Japan, UK, and other countries, as they attempt to establish themselves as the world’s fastest Rubik’s Cube solvers.
Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Championship is a part of Red Bull Mind Gamers, a global network of competitions that aim to challenge the mind of participants through thought-provoking games, quizzes and puzzles.
At events for Red Bull Mind Gamers, both teams and individuals are invited to prove their mental power in a range of problem-solving scenarios, across a variety of disciplines, ranging from Escape Rooms to Rubik’s Cube speed solving.