# Rubik's Cube Competitions

Speedcubing is about solving a Rubik's Cube or other twisty puzzle in the shortest time possible. There are numerous speedcubing competitions that take place around the World with different types of challenges like the fewest move challenge or solving the cube blindfolded, one handed, with one's feet, or underwater in a single breath. In "Team Blindfold" one team member is blindfolded and the other one is telling what moves to make.

The first Rubiks' Cube competition was held in Budapest in 1982.
The inventor ErnÅ‘ Rubik throwing his cube in the air.

Vintage picture of a competition.

The Guinness Book of World Records organized the first competition in Munich on March 13, 1981 where Jury Froeschl set the record with a time of 38 seconds. The first international World Championship was held in Budapest on June 5, 1982, and was won by Minh Thai, a Vietnamese student from Los Angeles, with a time of 22.95 seconds. Since 2003, the winner of a competition is determined by taking the average time of the middle three of five attempts. However, the single best time of all tries is also recorded. The World Cube Association maintains a history of World records. In 2004, the WCA made it mandatory to use a special timing device called Stackmat timer and they scramble the puzzles with algorithms generated by a program. In addition to official competitions, informal alternative competitions have been held which invite participants to solve the Cube in unusual situations like mentioned before.

## The World Cube Association

The World Cube Association (WCA) governs Rubik's Cube Competitions, and for all puzzles labeled as Rubik puzzles, and all other puzzles that are played by twisting the faces (twisty puzzles). The goal of the World Cube Association is to have more competitions in more countries with more people and more fun, under fair conditions. The spirit of the World Cube Association is that people from all over the World have fun together in a friendly atmosphere, to help each other and behave sportsmanlike.

## The WCA Process

Competitions are structured almost exactly the same worldwide. A schedule is put together stating when each event will take place and how long it is expected to last. Competitors are split into groups (these can be based on your initials, time of registration, randomly, or in later rounds, your speed), and they are called up to solve once the cube they have given to be scrambled is ready. Everyone receives the same computer generated scrambles within their group. The full competition structure can be viewed on the Regulations Page.