Rubik’s Cube World Championship Budapest 1982
April 8, 2017

Rubik’s Cube World championship and a world record –

The dream of every speed cuber is to win a Rubik’s Cube World Championship.
I learnt to solve the Rubik’s cube in 1981. Within 3 months of learning the cube I managed to reach an average solving time of 27 seconds.

In those days the method and style of solving the cube was a lot slower than today. There were a lot less people and countries involved in speed cubing in 1981 than there are today.

Rubik’s cube world championship

The first Rubik’s Cube World Championship was held in 1982 in Hungary.I wasn’t aware of any competitions involving the cube at the time of 1982. There were only 19 countries in this Rubik’s Cube World Championship.


Competition procedures

The cubes are mixed up by a computer and brought out in a closed suitcase. The cube was then placed on a small pad with a photo sensitive diode at the bottom.

Before you were timed solving the cube each contestant was allowed to view the cube for 15 seconds before returning it to the pad.

If the cube dissembled during a solve the competitor was given another chance. If the cube broke up again, then the competitor was disqualified.

Rubik’s cube world championship

The winner was determined as the fastest of three solves. The result was as follows: 1. Minn Thai, USA – 22.95 2. Razoux Shultz, Netherlands – 24.32 3. Zolton Labas, Hungary – 24.49 This competition wasn’t fair because the cube’s color arrangement differed from how the competitors were used too. The Rubik’s cubes weren’t as flexible as they ought to have been.

Solving Times

It would have been better if the leaders had allowed the competitors to use their own Rubik’s cubes. Although Minn Thai won this Rubik’s cube championship, there were about 10 speed cubists worldwide who could solve the cube in an average faster time.

Today the recent
world records are a lot faster. World records are improving all the time.

The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 and has fascinated millions. It has become popular in many countries. It is not surprising that the first Rubik’s Cube World Championships, was held within eight years after the invention of the Rubik’s Cube.

The first ever Rubik’s Cube World Championships. A well organised Rubik’s Cube World championships competition.

Rubik’s Cube World Championship