WC2003 23-24 August 2003

The second Rubik's Games World Championship was held in Toronto, Ontario Canada 23-34 August 200. This was jointly sponsored by KroegerInc, Hasboro, Seventowns and Hessport .  Dan Knights USA, he won with an average time of 20.00 sec. Official fastest time was 16.53 set by Jess Bonde. The averages were really "bad", but the pressure prohibited the finalist from doing there normal thing. Before and after the final in the hotel lobby the top competitors managed to solve the cube in a bit more than 13 seconds with the same official timers! See what happens at the next world championship. There were about 100 -contestants from 17 countries, including the 7 year old Wiktoria Zborowski and the 73 year old Rune Wesstrom. Truly the Rubik's cube is a puzzle for all ages!

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Jessica, Dan and David

Contestant Name

Age

Country

Fastest

Slowest

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Average Time

Dan Knights

24

USA

18.76

22.07

21.13

19.93

18.95

22.07

18.76

20.00

Jessica Fridrich

39

USA

17.12

27.53

27.53

22.22

17.33

17.12

21.88

20.48

David Wesley

17

Sweden

19.81

24.87

24.87

21.82

19.81

19.84

21.22

20.96

Lars Vandenbergh

21

Belgium

19.27

22.19

21.42

19.27

21.49

22.19

21.70

21.54

Jess Bonde

28

Denmark

19.21

25.06

20.34

21.29

23.42

25.06

19.21

21.68

David Allen

39

USA

17.95

27.67

22.13

17.95

27.67

24.06

19.56

21.92

Gene Means

39

USA

20.92

29.28

29.28

20.92

21.48

23.88

20.93

22.10

Ron van Bruchem

36

Netherlands

19.46

25.97

25.97

24.46

24.71

19.58

19.46

22.92

My Report

We (Ron,Jaap Peter) and me arrived a few days before the start of the championship, we wanted to do some site seeing, we visited Niagara Falls and the Skylon tower. The next day there where many journalists taking pictures and interviews. The lobby was occupied with many speedcubers the hole week.


        Peter Jansen, Frank Morris, Douglas Li, Jaap Scherphuis
        Ton Dennenbroek,  Andy  Camann , Ron Van Bruchem, Dan Harris (foto by Bill Camann)


To my surprise I ended in The Globe and Mail, a National News paper.

click to see large picture

On 23 August we had to register for the contest



We received at registration some nice contestant collectables a knapsack , a Chrome/Silver Promotion cube, T shirt  and a pin. 



I was ready for my actions, I started of with the qualification of the 4x4x4, since my best time was 2:59, I had no change to get in the final, only the best three got to the final. So I was really relaxed,  I ended 15th with an average of 2:59,55  my best time was 2:21,47. My practice really paid of, I smashed my personal record with more than 38 seconds.

So I was really ready for the 3x3x3, unfortunate the qualification of the 3x3x3 was chaotic and I had to do the qualification the next day. This was really a bad thing, the next day I was really nervous, instead to perform in the little room the previous day, I had to qualify on stage with bad lights. I did really bad, I ended 39th with a best time of 33,93 seconds, I had trained for 30 seconds and hoped for a best time of 28 seconds. Although my best time was close to my average, I knew I could do better. I had hoped to end 30th, that was possible, maybe the fact that I could end in the top 32 and go the next round. On stage my mind did not what I had trained for, a strange feeling I guess the idea that I really had a good change to go the next round made the pressure enormous.





Some of the competitors that live outside USA and Canada

I had a small success on my speedcube preparation and supplier of good cubes!

2th Jessica Fridrich         used a Rubik's Studio Cube that see bought from me and I Prepared the cube for the finals for her!
3th David Wesley            used a Rubik's Studio Cube that he bought from me
4th Lars Van den bergh   used a Arxon Rubik's Cube that he bought from me
8th Ron van Bruchem      used a Rubik's Studio Cube that he bought from me and I Prepared the cube for the finals for him

I am so proud! Many speedcubers used a cube that they got via me. I also repaired a few cubes, some one gave me a knick name "Cube Doctor".



Yep that's me


The first world championship

The first Rubik's Cube World Championship was held in Budapest on 5 June 1982. This was jointly sponsored by Politoys, Konsumex and Ideal. There were contestants from 19 countries. Minh Thai, the US champion, won with a time of 22.95 sec. Read all about it in Cube Circular Issue 3&4 Spring Summer 1982.