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Meet the London teen hoping to win the Rubik’s Cube World Cup

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London university student is set to compete in the Red Bull Rubik’s Cube World Cup this weekend.

George Scholey, 19, is a UK record holder when it comes to unscrambling the 3D combination puzzle.

He’s so good he competes in competitions as a “speedcuber”, the name given to the sport of solving the Rubik’s Cube at lightning speed.

George, who lives in Peckham, is a current UK reigning champion and can master a two-by-two scramble in under 1.5 seconds.

He will go head-to-head against the world’s top speedcubers, with two other UK finalists, Chris Mills and Adam Black, among them.

The competition consists of a number of heats, including mixed ‘speedcubing’, fastest one-handed solve, and the ‘re-scramble’ event, where competitors are given a solved Cube and need to match the pattern on a randomly scrambled one, out of 43 quintillion possible combinations.

Challengers will battle in knockout rounds that will see one crowned the winner, with an undisclosed cash prize up for grabs and the potential to land lucrative sponsorship deals.

George first picked up a Rubik’s Cube when he was around 13 years old, and decided to try and solve it, taking him four days.

He said: “I thought, I may as well learn how to solve it and then when I did I was like, ‘wow I want to get really good at this.’”

After hours and hours of practice, sometimes doing up to six hours per day equating to thousands of solves, George saw his speed improve vastly and decided to enter his first competition.

Although he didn’t make the final, after completing a solve in 19 seconds, he was taken by “just how amazing it was to be surrounded by people who are like-minded”.



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