Daniel Sheppard

Daniel Sheppard
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Daniel Sheppard
Background Information
Alias(es): kinch2002
Country: United Kingdom
Born: 7 February 1989 (age 30)
Occupation(s): analyst
Years Active: 2009-present
WCA ID: 2009SHEP01
Claim to Fame: Big cube BLD WRs, 2011 Clock World Champion

Daniel Sheppard is a British speedcuber from Guildford, United Kingdom, mainly specializing in blindfolded solving, but also in Clock and Fewest Moves.

Progression

Beginnings (2008-2010)

Daniel started cubing in 2008 while studying Mathematics at Oxford University and learned blindfold cubing from Macky's 3OP tutorial just before his first competition, UK Open 2009. Although his first National Record a few months later was in Pyraminx, he quickly realised that his natural ability lay in blindfold solving. In the following months he set many National Records in 4x4x4 blindfolded, 5x5x5 blindfolded and MultiBLD, as well as taking up Clock. 10 months after his first competition he had an official result in all events (single and average), which was a UWR for being the quickest to reach that milestone. At the European Championship 2010 in Budapest, he won a silver medal in Clock. His result of 10/11 (with the last cube an M2 off) also won him a bronze medal in MultiBLD.

World stage (2011-present)

Since 2011, Daniel has been a world-level competitor in 4x4 and 5x5 blindfolded, as well as Fewest Moves and Clock. In July 2011 he set his first World Record in 4x4 blindfolded with a time of 3:26.11 at the Guildford Summer Open. At the World Championship 2011 in Bangkok, he won 4 medals: bronzes in both Multi-BLD (behind Marcell Endrey's WR) and 5x5x5 blindfolded, a tie for silver in Fewest Moves (29 moves), and Gold in Clock with a European Record average of 7.51 seconds in the final.

At the Irish Open in February 2012 he improved his own 4x4x4 Blindfolded World Record with a time of 3:17.41 and also came close in MultiBLD with 19/21, ranking him 4th in the world. At the Rapid Dash Open in April 2012 he broke the 5x5x5 Blindfolded World Record with a time of 7:05.68, although this was beaten 2 weeks later by Marcell Endrey.

Services and online presence

Daniel participated as an expert analyst in the investigation of Sebastián Pino Castillo and became a WCA delegate shortly thereafter.

Daniel is a frequent user of Speedsolving Forums and #Rubik, where he is known as kinch2002.

Daniel was instrumental in setting up the UK Cube Association and has been its president since 2012. Among his activities is organizing the annual UK Championships.

Achievements

Official milestones

Daniel was the first person to achieve the following.

  • 4x4 blindfolded: sub-3:30

Titles

World Titles
Preceded by
Koen Wermer
2009
Rubik's Clock World Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Deven Nadudvari
2013

See also

External links