Anthony Brooks from the United States is in South Africa for the first time, for the two official speedcubing competitions which will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Brooks whose best cube-solving time is 6.42 seconds established the first Guinness World Record for solving five Rubik’s Cubes underwater in a single breath. He was the leader of the team that currently holds the world record for solving the world’s largest functioning Rubik’s Cube, known as Groovik’s Cube. As a speedcubing celebrity, Brooks is well-known for his live demonstrations on TV around the world, as well as for his appearance in Volkswagen’s ‘You Can’t Fake Fast’ ad campaign.
If you fancy yourself as a nifty solver of the Rubik’s Cube, and are in the age category between 3 and 120 years old, then you can enter the Johannesburg competition taking place on Sunday, November 27 from 8:15am to 5pm at The Jewish Life Centre in Sandown or the Cape Town competition to be held on Sunday, December 4 at The Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory, also from 8:15am to 5pm.
These events are not just for the speedcubing competitors. Spectators also welcome. If you loved it, or failed to solve it in the 80s, it’s an ideal opportunity to dust off your Rubik’s Cube and rub shoulders with the experts. It’s also a perfect family occasion for parents or grandparents to join their kids in a fun way to develop problem-solving skills, mathematical literacy and critical thinking, as well as life skills, such as perseverance. Young or old, anyone can learn to solve the Rubik’s Cube.
“I have taught hundreds of people, the youngest aged five”, said Amnon Melzer from Speedcubes, one of the hosts of the SA events. “It is wonderful to watch the pure delight of a child when they first master what seemed like an impossible task with a bit of helpful guidance, some patience and determination. As an added bonus, learning to solve the cube not only boosts self-esteem but has a positive effect on improving memory, attention and cognitive skills.”
Entries to the competitions, which feature different cube puzzle categories, are open now. Competitors can register online at www.speedcubes.co.za. The online entry fee is R80 per competitor or R100 at the door.