Dan Gosbee

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Dan Gosbee
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Dan Gosbee in !
Background Information
Alias(es):
Country: Canada
Born: c. 1964
Occupation(s):  !
Years Active: c. 2000-2003
WCA ID: [1]
Claim to Fame:

Dan Gosbee is a Canadian speedcuber. He hosted the World Championship 2003 in Toronto, Canada. He was featured in the CUBERS documentary.

There had been an attempt by Ron van Bruchem, Chris Hardwick, and Ton Dennenbroek to organize a world championship, planned for December 2001 in New York, which failed. The following year Gosbee, a lab engineer based in Toronto, stepped in and arranged a new championship. He secured crucial support from Seven Towns, the owners of the Rubik's Brand, and organized a tournament at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. The result was World Rubik's Games Championship 2003. The cost was in the region of $50,000. There were however many logistical problems during the tournament itself, and the qualification rounds for the 3x3x3 event proceeded very slowly, causing delays. Gosbee later stated that "It was the most exhausting thing I did in my life ... it just emotionally drained me". Although many cubers were keen to thank him for all the work he had done, he was stung by the criticism levelled at him during the tournament, and felt that he was no longer wanted, and left the cubing community. He eventually returned as a guest, for World Championship 2013 in Las Vegas.[Scheffler]

Dan claims to use an advanced Corners First method derived from Waterman. However, the details of his method have never been published. His variation on the method involves "solving the last four corners at the same time as the final corner of the initial face".[Scheffler]

Trivia

In 1980, at around the age of 16, Gosbee says he won the Canadian Pac-Man Championship.[Scheffler]

References

  • Ian Scheffler (2016) Cracking the Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik's Cube Solving. Pages 25, 67-71, 95. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 1501121928