The Rubik’s Cube has become a world icon of puzzles. Invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture, Ernő Rubik created the puzzle as a way to teach his students about three-dimensional objects and spatial relationships. It wasn’t until 1980, when the puzzle became a sensation in Hungary, that it was licensed to be sold internationally, becoming a global sensation.
That’s when the real fun began.
Rubik’s Cube contests quickly sprang up worldwide with competitors trying to solve the puzzle in the shortest amount of time. Earlier in the week a new world record was set, and it was posted on Youtube for everyone to enjoy.
“Max Park is a Rubik’s Cube speedsolver who’s competed in various tournaments around the world,” reported Kotaku. “He previously held the world record for solving five 3x3x3 cubes with a 4.86-second average in September 2022, placing him second in the tournament. He placed second again in a separate tournament a few months prior for finishing a single 3x3x3 cube in 3.63 seconds, putting him just behind former world record holder Yusheng Du, who solved a single 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in a mere 3.47 seconds. Park has come back with a vengeance, though, as he slammed down a solved cube after 3.13 seconds on June 12.
— Max Park (@maxfast23) June 12, 2023
The solve is utter insanity. After a bit of practicing on a different cube, Park sat with his hands on top of a red table, waiting for the time to start. Once someone started the time, it was off to the races. But it ended as soon as it began. He clapped his hands, shouted, “Yes,” and walked around in triumph as most folks in frame screamed with their hands on their head in shock. It’s a crazy solve, especially since the last record was Du’s 3.47-second completion in 2018.
YouTuber Cube Master, a former national record holder, posted a video of how Park supposedly solved the Rubik’s Cube in 3.13 seconds. He shared both the scramble and the solution, going step-by-step on the various rotations and how you can correctly place more than one square at a time in a single twist.”
“This solve just shows the importance of planning ahead,” the YouTuber explained. He admitted that, of course, there was luck involved, “However, there was a lot of skill and planning that went into this solve which shows how great of a solver Max Park is.”
Congrats, Max. Long live the Rubik’s Cube King!