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Speed-cubing competition

Speed-cubing competition
Will and Sultan get in some final practice.
Wednesday 9th November 2011 by C. Freeman

Two Sixth Formers are pitting their wits against other speed-cubers during the UK Open Event. Sultan Chaudhury and Will Bolton mastered the standard Rubik’s cube and have progressed onto complex, multi-faceted versions. Now they are taking part in speed trials, blindfold competitions and one-handed methods of solving the puzzles at the competition in Bristol this weekend. Each competitor takes along their own puzzles that are randomly jumbled in the same configuration so that no competitor has an advantage.

Will said: ‘In Year 11 Sultan could already do the cube and I always wanted to learn so he taught me. I have been solving these puzzles for about two and a half years and have got 26 different ones. I can do every single one, some more quickly than others. My record for doing the standard cube is about 17 seconds and if I did that on Saturday I would be around the 35th fastest cuber in the UK. The world record is 5.66 seconds.’

Sultan said: ‘I am looking forward to taking part and there will be around 70 other competitors at the two day event. If we could combine my speed and Will’s knowledge of algorithms then it would be a winning combination!’

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