June 6, 2017
Speedcubing solves –
Becoming a Speed Cuber
You must first learn to solve the Cube before you learn how to solve it fast.There are many good Rubik’s Cube tutorials to learn the Cube.
What is a Speed-Cuber? one may ask themselves. The simple answer to this question is different to different people. For some people a Speed-Cuber is someone who can solve the cube under one minute.
There are extremely few people who can solve the Rubik’s cube under one minute. Therefore, I would consider them very good. A lot more people would consider a Speed-Cuber to be able to solve the cube under 30 seconds.
Everyone would agree that any person who can solve the cube under 20 seconds is definitely a Speed-Cuber. I would expect a Speed-Cuber to be able to at least solve a cube at 3 moves per second. This speed is very fast.
There was no such thing as speed cubing when I first learnt the cube.I first learned to solve the cube in 1982. After 3 months of practice I could solve the cube in 27 seconds. At that time the fastest Speed-Cubers in the world were solving the cube in this same time as me.
I at that time would have been considered a world class Speed-Cuber. The Rubik’s cube solving method used in 1982 was called The long Layer Method. This method consisted of about 10 algorithms. The moves of the cube were carried out by hand turns.
Using this method it would take a maximum of 120 quarter turns to solve the cube. As time progressed better solving methods were introduced enabling a cuber to solve the cube in less moves. This led to faster solving times.
These faster solving times were improved further by using finger pushes. Finger pushes are carried out solely by the use of your fingers. World class Speed-Cubers of today average about 5-6 turns per second when carrying out moves by finger pushes.
Finger pushes are carried out on the Upper, Downer,Front and Back files. The Left and Right files need to be moved by hand turns. Finger pushes are carried out by using every finger excluding the smallest one. Even the thumbs can be used in finger pushing.
Finger pushes are carried out by holding the cube with your thumbs and middle and wedding fingers. You must now make quick pushes with your index finger to carry out moves on the Upper, Front and Back files.
To carry out moves on the Downer file you must hold the cube with your thumbs, middle and index fingers and push the Downer file with your wedding fingers. Apart from producing much faster solves by finger finger pushes it also looks a lot more cooler.
The development of these Speed-Cubing skills has led to world class Speed-Cubers averaging solves under 15 seconds. If you’re serious about becoming a Speed-Cuber you must be dedicated to learning. You must practice a lot and I would advise you to do some research on the subject.
Once a person has learnt to solve the Rubik’s cube it is only natural for them to want to solve it faster. The average person after lots of practice will normally solve a cube between 5 and 10 minutes. Top Speed-Cubers will solve the Rubik’s cube under 20 seconds.
Some speed cubing world records are well below 10 seconds.
Under 10 second solves
These fast solves require very good finger skills with lots of practice. The Fridrich method and the Lars Petrus method are commonly used by the world’s top Speed-Cubers to solve the cube. The reason for this is that these methods take between on average 60 – 75 quarter turns to solve the cube.
The world record for solving the Rubik’s cube is held by Matts Valk at 5.55 seconds. Although the world’s fastest Speed-Cubers may have personal best times ranging from 5.55 to 7.5 seconds, their average solving times will range between 8 – 9 seconds.
A very flexible and lubricated Rubik’s cube is needed for fast Rubik’s cube solves. Today the W C A (World Cube Association) hold official tournaments for Speed-Cubing. Speed-Cubing competitions are held worldwide.
Some of the Speed-Cubing events at these competitions range from the 2 x 2 x 2 cube up to the 7 x 7 x 7 cube.
Some very experienced Cube solvers have gone onto create some pretty Rubik’s Cube patterns. These can be seen in the section titled Rubik’s Cube patterns.
Speed cubing is the major event in Rubik’s Cube competitions. Solving times are always getting faster due to faster solving methods being introduced. It is also improved by more people taking part in competitions.