Alexander Lau was crowned the champion at the 11th annual Rubik’s UK Championships.
18-year-old Alexander from London won the UK competition, which took place in Bristol over the weekend, with an average time of 7.85 seconds, beating last year’s average time by 1.53 seconds.
The event took place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November at The Mercure Grand Hotel, and saw the biggest turnout in history with over 200 competitors from 18 different countries in attendance. Cubers from around the world united to celebrate Bonfire Night with a Guy Fawkes mosaic made out of 900 cubes.
Numerous competitions took place over the three-day event, including speedcubers solving Rubik’s Cubes one handed, blind folded, and even with their feet. Callum Hales-Jepp saw success by putting his best foot forward to successfully defend his title in the foot solving round.
Across the globe, in Indonesia Mats Valk from the Netherlands smashed the current world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube by solving the puzzle in 4.74 seconds.
“It’s great to see so many new people competing at this year’s Rubik’s UK Championships,” said Chrisi Trussell, vice president at Rubik’s. “We’ve had a brilliant weekend here in Bristol and it was fantastic to see all the speedcubers coming together to build the Guy Fawkes mosaic and celebrate what they love. A huge congratulations must also go to Alexander who fought off tough competition in the 3×3 final.”