January 30, 2012 : Interview with Speedsolving.com member Marcell Endrey : Currently (at the time of this interview) is ranked 2nd in the world in 3x3x3 multi-blind (19/19 cubes in 53 minutes, 48 seconds), and 3rd in the world for 4x4x4 Blindfolded (3 minutes, 46.05 seconds).
Student (IT and aesthetics)
What is your favorite event, why?
3x3 blindfolded. As much as I enjoy speedsolving, I find the precision of BLD methods more appealing. This event is such a well-proportioned mixture of the mental challenge of memorisation and the awesome feeling of turning the cube like crazy.
What made you become interested in solving puzzles?
I have always been interested in puzzles and brain-teasers, so I guess I was bound to take an interest in the cube as well. The actual story is quite boring: one day our cube caught my eye as it was sitting on a shelf, so I picked it up and decided that I had to find out how to solve this thing.
What, in your opinion, is your biggest "cubing" accomplishment?
Standing on the podium at the World Championship 2011 was something I couldn't even have hoped for a couple of years before. As for records, I am more pleased with my 3x3 BLD ER than my former multi-bld WR, partly because the latter event is less important to me, and partly because I find it easier. 3x3 is very fast-paced, it means a lot of stress to me, so I often get nervous at competitions and find it really hard to concentrate. Pulling off a solve that was 1.08 slower than the WR is something I am very proud of.
What are your other hobbies?
Playing music, mainly. I have been playing the piano for over 10 years now, and from time to time I like to fool around with my guitar as well. I just love sitting down with my friends with some guitars, singing and playing songs we all like. I'm also playing in an Irish rock band featuring instruments like bagpipes and violin, or, in my case, the accordion, and, hopefully, soon a banjo as well. I also enjoy computer programming, but ever since I started university that has become an occupation instead of a hobby.
What is/are your pet peeve(s)?
Incorrect grammar, especially in printed text.
What will the future of cubing be like and how would you like cubing to progress?
Cubing is still growing, which is a great thing. Records are broken over and over, and since everything that seemed to be impossible to surpass has been surpassed again and again, I think nobody can say how long it will stay this way. I personally am certain that all bld records will be drastically improved during the upcoming year. As blindfolded solving has kind of come into focus, more and more people are practising these events, mutually inspiring each other, and bringing bld cubing to levels we've never seen. It's only a matter of time that someone will do at competition what they have done at home.
I think someday we will reach a point where most of the continental and world records will be super-fast and practically impossible to reach for anyone who doesn't spend literally all their time practising, and I'm somehow worried that this would be less fun than what we currently have. I'm not really worried about cubing in general, though: it has always found a way to be a lot of fun, and I strongly believe this will stay the same, no matter what.
So far, what has been your most enjoyable cubing experience?
The WC2011. Going to a faraway country, entering this awesome competition, seeing amazing results, witnessing records being broken, meeting a lot of great cubers and making friends with them, and - of course - having some succes myself is something I'll never forget.