RUBIKS CUBE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-2007
(A DREAM COME TRUE)
DATE :- 5, 6 and 7 oct 2007
VENUE :- NOVOTEL BUDAPEST CONGRESS
CITY :- Budapest, Hungary
:- Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Rep, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, The
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.
THE ROAD TO BUDAPEST
:- It was not rosy for
me, being an Indian, as I need a visa to enter Hungary. I do not think, any
other countrymen except India among the listed 33 countries, need a visa to
enter Hungary. I had to travel 2500 km up and 2500 km down to apply for my
visa, because Hungarian embassy is in Delhi which is situated 2500 km away from
my home town. Thanks to Ron uncle and Rubik's studio to send me an official
invitation to get my visa.
26/sept/2007 :- We flew to Delhi to appear for visa interview in Hungary embassy in India and flew back home on 27th
02/oct/2007 :- I started along with my dad from my house on 2nd octber from my home town Trichy by train. It is just 300 km away
from the southernmost tip of India. It took 8 hours by train to reach Chennai.
03/oct/2007 :- We flew to Delhi from Chennai to collect back our passport and Visa from Hungary Embassy which is an hour drive away by taxi
from Delhi airport.
04/oct/2007 :- As there is no straight flight from India to Budapest, we have to hop in anyone of the Europe hubs. We had booked our air-ticket in
Austrian airlines so that we can transit in Vienna.
As we checked in, the Austrian officer in Delhi air-port was
bit reluctant to issue boarding pass. We showed him the official invite letter.
But still he was not convinced and asked us for a cube and I gave him a 333
cube in my hand luggage. He told me "if you could solve it in 3 min, I will let
you go". I smiled and told him I can solve 12 cubes in 3 min. He stared at me
raising his eye-brow and asked me what do you mean ? I replied him that I can
solve it in just 15 sec. Immediately he scrambled the cube in disbelief and
returned the cube to me to solve it. I did it in 14 sec. He shook hands with me
and called all his assistants on duty and asked me to do it again and again. I
solved it 5 times. They all took photograph with me and wished us all the very
best. Then he ordered his assistants to take us to business class and issue
boarding pass although we booked in economy class!!!!
We reached Vienna 7 am local time, but our connecting flight
is only at 5 pm as the other 2 flights between 7 am and 5 pm were full because
all of them were very small flights. As the Hungarian visa is not a schengen
visa, we could not go out of air-port as well. So we killed our time inside Vienna air-port for 10 hours. We reached Budapest airport exactly at 6 pm and our Ginkgo
hostel at 6.30 pm. We had a quick shower and reached Novotel at 7.30 pm to meet
So it took exactly 60 hours to reach the venue from my home.
In the Novotel lobby, I met Chris Hardwick, Andrew kang, Daniel
Bayer, Frank Morris, Tyson, Leyan and all my Japanese cubing friends whom I
met in Tokyo earlier this year. I did cubing with Chris and co for some time and
we had food in McDonalds where I met Ron uncle after a year and left to our
hostel to have a good long sleep before the major event on 5th oct.
I felt VERY HAPPY when I was lying in my bed for at last we made it and we are
here to compete in a world cup. It was A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME.
We woke up at 6.30 am and had our
breakfast at 7 am and we were there in the venue as early as 8 am and
registered our name. Thanks to the organizer for the gift bag with a T-Shirt. I
met so many cubists in the venue and started preparing for my afternoon
blindfold events. Thanks a lot to Chris Hardwick to get me a set of 555
stickers from Frank Morris. It was a lucky sticker for me.
BLINDFOLD EVENTS :- I competed in all the 3 blindfold events
- 333 multiple cube blindfolded, 444 bld and 555 bld. I did three 333 cubes in
27 min 4 sec perfectly.
It was a surprise for me to see the result of 333 multiple
blindfold because I was placed 3rd even though I did only 3 cubes.
It was a lucky win for me!!
In my first 444 bld first attempt I failed to exchange the
last edge pairs because I counted my number of steps in solving corners
wrongly. Very silly mistake. By the time my mind was tuned to peak level. In my
second attempt of 444 bld, everything went perfect. 18 min and few sec were
enough for me to be placed 5th in the race.
When I started doing 555 bld, my confidence level was very
high. I memorized them, using a new and never used before journey, very clearly(I
strictly followed my dads advise here). My only fear was POP. Everything went
perfect and I solved it in 55 min 39 sec. Matyas Kuti and Chris Hardwick were
there to greet me as soon as I took of my blindfold. I could not believe it
when they told me I was the Champion. Then Ron uncle confirmed it to me outside
the hall that I was the only one succeeded in solving 555 bld!!! I knew and
everyone knew I was a lucky winner.
I am standing on the victory stand. A historical moment for me.
I am on the podium again for my 3rd place in 333 multiple cube bld.
I must say that the hall was noisy for blindfold events -
the judges were talking among themselves and the noise of the door closing and
opening were very disturbing, spectators clapping, media people moving dragging
their camera etc. The whispering sound of the judges were enough to spoil the
concentration of the blindfold solvers. Although, Mondo, Chris and Matyas never
complained, it might have been the cause for their failure. It shows their
sportsman spirit and gamesmanship. In my opinion, the blindfold events might
have been conducted in a better atmosphere.
222 combined finals :- I know, I can do very well as I
practiced regularly at home. When I did 222 event, my mind was well focused on
cubing because I did this event in between my blindfold events. My best was
3.18 sec and avg was 5.58 sec and that was enough for me to finish 6th
in the final ranking. I could not have done anything better than that. Anything
in top-10 is a good result for me. Here, I do not think, it was a lucky time
and place. I competed with focused mind with a will to do my best and of
course I enjoyed every moment of it.
We spent late evening cubing in a food-court with Chris, Matyas, Daniel, Andrew, Stefan, Erik and others.
I am very happy, Matyas spent some time with me cubing. He
is a jovial person, willing to share and move freely with everyone unlike many
champions in other sports. Hats off to him.
I and Matyas racing in a food court.
PYRAMINX :- I do not won a decent Pyraminx. The scrambler
Arnaud Van Galen was annoyed with it as he could not complete scrambling, as it
popped out every time. He lent me his Pyraminx as he did not compete in it.
Thanks a lot for him. I did 20 sec and 21 sec and was not selected for finals.
I had never practiced it after my Dutch open-2006 and still 20.xy sec was my
personal best. I was happy.
So, the 1st day of the competition was very good
DAY-2 : 06/0CT/2007
444 first round :- Always first round is the difficult one for everyone because it is best of 2 solves. If you see the result how many top cubists in 444 were eliminated from the 444 finals: Frederick, Dan Dzoan, Macky, Joel, Takayuki, Ryan Patricio, Chris Hardwick etc. It is
still, for me, unbelievable that they are not in finals. However, I made to
finals with the best time of 1:06.69 sec.The other time was 1:09.50 sec Kudos
to the 2 kids Yoshiki Yumoto and Joshua Satterfield for their wonderful
performance 1:44.59 sec and 2:52.91 sec respectively.
333 first round :- Luckily, it was avg of 5 solves cutting off the best and the worst time instead of best of 2 solves. I can not ask for more. I focused my mind and was positive through
out all 5 solves.
My best was 13.53 sec and avg was
15.59 sec. It was my personal best and placed me in 18th rank and
was selected for the semi-finals.
555 first round :- I was confident before the event started that I could make it to finals. The time
1 min 56.50 sec placed me 7th and that was enough
to put me into finals. My other time was 2 min 13.69 sec. I was happy because
my cube was perfect, neither loose nor tight.
333 OH first round :- This is not my favourite event. Still,
it is fun. 48.31 sec and 53.08 sec was far below the best. In Japn open my avg
was 42.xy sec. After that, I never practiced for world cup because I knew I had
no chance in this event. My fingers are too small for this event. I have to
wait for few more years.
333 feet first round :- I was happy that I was in the race
and I could finish it in 3 min 42.53 sec which placed me 9th. I did
not expect any better than solving it in the given maximum time 4 min.
Me solving the cube with feet in WC-2007.
Square-1 :- I know I am quiet good in this. But
unfortunately, I did not practice it for the last 6 months. My best single time
was 34.87 sec and my best mean of 3 solves was 36.56 sec. Both the time were
not my best. But can one expect to beat his best without practice ? No, Never.
To achieve anything "PRACTICE IS THE KEY". Still, this time was enough to put
me in the 5th place in the ranking. Anything in top -10 is very good
for me. So I was very happy.
Megaminx :- My best was 2 min 25.87 sec and my avg was 2 min
46.67 sec. Again both the time were very much below my best. My minx was too
tight. Thanks to Ron uncle for lending his minx. However, his minx also not
good for speed solving. I do not know how he manages. Again, I have to admit
that I did not practice it for some time now. Still, this time was enough to
put me in the 6th place in the ranking. Anything in top -10 is very
good for me. So I was very happy.
Rubik's Magic :- My best 2.42 sec, avg 3.88 sec was good
enough for me to be placed 35th in the ranking list out of 60
participants, because I had never practiced it for I did not own one.
Rubik's Master Magic:- My best 5.97 sec, avg 7.17 sec is
good for me and was placed 30th.
I was happy that I could compete in these 2 events: Magic and Master Magic.
DAY-3 : 07/0CT/2007
333 blindfolded :- I thought anything under 3 min is enough
to place me in the finals. But my 2 min 40.02 sec was not enough to go to
finals as I was placed 15th in the rank. I was happy to watch my dad
competing in this event and solved it correctly in 9 min 9.97 sec. I have seen
him practicing blindfold only 3 times - Dutch Open 2006, Japan Open 2007 and in WC-2007.
Rubik's clock :- I did not compete in this event because I do not own Rubik's clock.
Rubik's cube fewest moves :- I did not compete in this too, because I totally forgot about it and I never listened to the announcement
also. Finally, Ron uncle reminded me. As I was busy practicing for 555 finals,
I skipped this one.
Rubik's cube semi-finals :- 17.17 sec avg was not enough to
be in the finals. I knew, I had to do my personal best here to be in the finals, sub 15 sec. I had 3 decent times 12.27 sec, 14.55 sec, 16.00 sec. But
the other 2 times 20 and 26 sec ended my chance of entering into the finals.
I made a mistake in F2L to get 20 sec and a bad pop to get 26 sec time.
Normally, I never make mistake in F2L. Perhaps under pressure, we make too many
444 finals :- I did my personal best here. I can not ask for
more. I was placed 9th in the ranking list with my personal best avg
of 1:06.87 sec. A very happy result for me as I finished in top-10.
1:01.11 1:16.58 1:04.13 1:12.53 1:03.81 sec.
Twice I got double parity and in other 3 cases, I got at least
one parity. I dislike parity in 444. We need to be lucky not to get parity.
As I have mentioned already, many top cubists were not in the finals of 444. Perhaps they were unlucky to have double parity in the first
round in both the solves!
555 finals :- In the very first place, I was very happy to
be in the finals in the big event with big names of the event Frank, Ron,
Takayuki, Matyas, Frederick, Erik, Milan, Rama, etc.
Again it was my personal best single solve 1:46.27 and avg
1:57.25. I can not ask for more.
2:01.22 1:46.27 1:52.48 2:13.69 1:58.06
Moreover, I finished 6th and again in Top-10. A
wonderful result and marvellous ending of my world championship-2007 dream with
such a nice feeling.
The juniors :- Joshua Satterfield(13 year old), Yoshiki
Yumoto(7 year old) and myself(11 year old) and of course the great Matyas
Kuti(14 year old) had done remarkably well. We really missed Casey in the
A separate championship for juniors in the national level
might see many more juniors in the next world championship-2009. In Japan I had seen many juniors cubing. Perhaps in USA and Europe as well.
Yoshiki Yumoto has improved a lot in the last 2 months. I
met him Japan Open 2007 and his performance in WC-2007 was fantastic. My
hearty congrats to him.
The Oldest Mrs. Grada Ooms:- What a commitment she has.
She really enjoyed it. I met her first in Dutch Open-2006 where she judged many
of my solves. She was so happy to receive and greet me when I met her in the
hotel lobby on the eve of the WC-2007. Her presence in the WC-2007 might have
motivated many. I am inspired. My salute to her.
Thanks to Chris Hardwick :- My special thanks is due to him
for spending a lot of the time with me answering all my questions patiently.
Team solving 444 bld with Chris was a joy. He is yet another
amazing personality I have ever met, like Ron uncle. Kudos to Chris hardwick.
He loves and lives with blind solving. If he focuses his
attention on speed solving also like before he start blind solving, he can do
wonders. It was unfortunate for me to spend less time with him before and after
the WC-2007. During WC-2007, we could not discuss many points which we had
planned to discuss.
Me and Chris team blind solving a 444 in after party.
THANKS TO THE ORGANISERS, ALL PARTICIPANTS, SCRAMBLERS & JUDGES :-
My thanks are due to the sponsors, organizers, media
people, scramblers, judges and all participants from all around the world for
making this wonderful WC-2007 a grand success and memorable one for me. My
sincere thanks is also due to my parents for giving me such an opportunity to
meet so many wonderful people and learn from everyone.
Hope to see you all in the next WC-2009!
Special thanks to Ron uncle :- It is his motivation and
gifts of good quality cubes and guidance, I could now cherish my experience in
the world cup-2007. My whole hearted thanks are due to him.
My special thanks are also due to Stefan Pochmann uncle for
teaching me 444 bld and 555 bld methods 2 years back. It was his 555 bld
method, which is though not efficient method, made me a world champion. My
sincere thanks are also due to him. I dedicate this win to him.
It was a DREAM COME TRUE FOR me. I came to HUNGARY feeling hungry for the wc-2007 and returned back to India as a learned man form my
experience with you all in wc-2007 and of course my pocket filled with 500
euros. My dad told me it is all for me!! I would save it for next world cup to
meet you all again in 2009.
Have fun(Thanks to Ron uncle) & Cheers(Thanks to Stefan uncle),