Ronald Brinkmann

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Ronald Brinkmann
Background Information
Alias(es):
Country: Germany
Born: c. 1965 (age 54–55)
Occupation(s):
Years Active: 1981-2
WCA ID: 1982BRIN01
Claim to Fame: 1982 West German Champion

Ronald Brinkmann (sometimes mispelled as Roland Brinkmann(note)) was a German speedcuber. In 1982 he won the West German Cubing Championship, and finished fourteenth in the 1982 World Championship.

Brinkmann came from Harburg, Hamburg, West Germany. At the age of 16 he first solved a Rubik's Cube which belonged to his maths teacher: the teacher had given-up, but Brinkmann solved it overnight. On 6-13 March 1981 a Guinness Book of Records speedcubing tournament took place at the Olympia Shopping Centre, Munich. Brinkmann was joint winner (with Jury Fröschl) with a best time of 38 seconds. He also achieved 29 seconds on German TV and before the end of 1981 reached 24 seconds.[1]

He won the first West Germany Championship in 1982 with a winning time of 19 seconds.[2] This has sometimes been reported as a world record time.[3] If so, it was broken by March 1983, when Robert Pergl won the 2nd Czechoslovakian Championship with a best time of 17.04 seconds.[4]

The World Rubik's Cube Championship 1982 took place on June 5. Brinkmann was, according to Guus Razoux Schultz, the favourite to win.[5] However, the tournament used stiff cubes which favoured those using more efficient methods. Brinkmann ultimately finished in 14th place with a best time of 30.59 seconds. According to David Singmaster, Brinkmann used two methods: one was a Corners first technique (DC, UC, U & D E, ME); the other was DC, 3DE, 4UC, rest.[6]

Footnotes

  • His name Ronald is verified by the testimony of David Singmaster;[7] Georges Helm (who owns Brinkmann's solution guide);[8] and the 1983 Guinness Book of Records.[9] The WCA, as of 2017, continues to list his name as Roland.