A puzzling competition

Rubik's Cube solvers heading to Central City on Aug. 27.

Who’s the fastest Rubik’s Cube solver in the West?

Find out at canadianCUBING’s Vancouver Open Summer 2011 (VOS2011) on Aug. 27 at Central City Shopping Centre.

It’s Metro Vancouver’s fifth official World Cube Association (WCA) competition since 2008 and Canada’s tenth competition in 2011.

Solving the Rubik’s Cube is challenging enough for most. Those with experience at it, known as speedsolvers, will be watching the clock.

Some top national competitors have solved the puzzle in the 11- to 20-second range, but VOS2011 is open for competitors of all ages and skill levels.

In addition to regular Rubik’s Cube-solving, VOS2011 will include one-handed attempts, the four-layered Rubik’s Revenge, the five-layered Professor’s Cube, Rubik’s Magic and more.

The Rubik’s Cube was created by Hungarian inventor Ernő Rubik in 1974, where it went on to become one of the world’s best-selling puzzles. This iconic toy of the 1980s has seen a resurgence in popularity in the 21st century thanks to the Internet, social media, and international speedsolving competitions.

The official world record holder for the fastest Rubik’s Cube solving is Australia’s Feliks Zemdegs at 5.66 seconds. Zemdegs has set and broken the world record seven times since November 2010.

For a full list of events on Aug. 27, visit www.canadianCUBING.com. Online pre-registration closes on Aug. 23, but drop-in registrants will be accepted. Registration and the competition begins at 9:30 a.m. in the hallway between Future Shop and Winners at 10153 King George Blvd.

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