Alexander Lau
Alexander Lau in !
Background Information
Alias(es): 5BLD
Country: United Kingdom
Born: ! (age !)
Occupation(s): !
Years Active: 2011-present
WCA ID: 2011LAUA01
Claim to Fame: SpeedBLD Unofficial World Record Holder, Prominent Roux user

Stuff to say that doesn't require rambling

I'm a British speedcuber, averaging sub-12 with the Roux method, making me one of the fastest solvers using the method. I hold the SpeedBLD UWR, with 9.18 seconds using the Roux method.

My username for both SS and Youtube is 5BLD, don't ask me why. I don't even do 4BLD.

I'm currently 6th in the UK for 3x3, and 7th in the UK for one-handed.

How I began

The first time I saw a cube was back in 2008 when I saw my friend solving it in class. In February 2011 I bought my first cube and started trying to solve it. I eventually did, by writing down short algs and figuring out which pieces they affected, finding that 'break and restore' strategy, which I now know are commutators. I must've gotten lucky as I didn't need to do anything to the edges.... and I worked out corners- only algorithms that didn't destroy the edges.

Of course, I couldn't do it again after that, and gave in to the temptation of the solution book, but still using the first steps of my 'method'.


The main methods I use are:

My 4x4 method

It's called Method of Methods just because my friend Josh suggested it. However! It's not based on any methods at all. Well it's loosely based around the Roux method and Stadler and Yau. I will explain in detail below if I can be bothered.

Wiki Work

Main work on the wiki so far has been:

Nothing apart from this page. There will be work soon though.

External Links

Click for my:

Roux solved.jpg I speedsolve the 3x3x3 Cube.
Single: 8.06
Average: 10.01