World Rubik's Cube Championship 2009
|World Rubik's Cube|
|Date(s):||2007 October 9–11|
World Rubik's Games Championship 2009 (usually called World Championship 2009, abbreviated to WC2009) was a speedcubing World Championship held at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany on Oct 9-11, 2009. It was the fourth World Championship of the modern speedcubing era and the third after the creation of the WCA.
The tournament took place in the Burg-Wächter Castello, an impressive sounding name for what is in fact a sports arena. The official hotel was the Düsseldorf Youth Hostel. Excluding the qualification rounds, 327 competitors took part in the competition, of which 85 were from Germany. Two new events had been added since WC2007: 6x6x6 and 7x7x7 Cube. V-Cube had begun selling these two new cubes in 2008.
As at WC2007, Friday was mostly devoted to qualification events. However, the finals of some major events also took place on Friday: Pyraminx, 3x3 Multi-blindfold, 4x4 Blindfold, and 5x5 Blindfold. An Opening Ceremony (a ribbon cut and welcome) was conducted on the Saturday morning. There was also a party on Saturday evening in the Youth hostel. The final event of the tournament was the 3x3 final on Sunday between 3:30 and 4:30 pm followed by "prize awards and closing ceremony". There was another party ("informal meeting") in the evening at the Youth hostel.
The winner of the 3x3 speedsolve won €5000 with winners of most other events winning €500 to €1000. The winners of the 6x6 and 7x7 events won €250 and a V-Cube 7x7. As had happened in the previous two world championships, the winners of Megaminx, Pyraminx, Clock, Square 1, and Magic events only won trophies.
- 3x3x3 Cube: Breandan Vallance
- 2x2x2 Cube: Rowe Hessler
- 4x4x4 Cube: Syuhei Omura (大村周平)
- 5x5x5 Cube: Dan Cohen
- 6x6x6 Cube: Dan Cohen
- 7x7x7 Cube: Michał Halczuk
- 3x3x3 Blindfolded: Guillain Potron
- 3x3x3 Fewest Moves: Olivér Perge
- 3x3x3 One-Handed: Yumu Tabuchi (田渕雄夢)
- 3x3x3 With Feet: Yumu Tabuchi (田渕雄夢)
- Megaminx: Bálint Bodor
- Pyraminx: Yohei Oka (岡要平)
- Rubik's Clock: Koen Wermer
- Square-1: Piotr Michał Padlewski
- 4x4x4 Blindfolded: Kai Jiptner
- 5x5x5 Blindfolded: Rafał Guzewicz
- 3x3x3 Multi-Blind: Tim Habermaas
- Rubik's Magic: Olivér Perge
- Master Magic: Máté Horváth
World Records Set
- 4x4 single of 36.46 by Dan Cohen (First round)
- 3x3 One-handed average of 16.90 by Yumu Tabuchi (Final)
- 7x7 single of 3:43.15 by Michal Halczuk (Final)
- Square-1 single of 10.96 by Piotr Michał Padlewski (Final)
- Megaminx single of 57.94 by Bálint Bodor (Final)
The mosaic event was a challenge to design and build a mosaic of 250 Rubik's Cubes in the time of 1 hour. Teams with a maximum of three persons were allowed. The event took place on Saturday in the Main Hall. A total of 21 teams tried the challenge, and designs included Yellow Smiley Face, Bart Simpson, Spongebob, Yellow Brown Man, Mario Brothers, Lion in Car, and Barack Obama. The winners were judged to be Frank and Anja Provoost from the Netherlands with their "Düsseldorf Globe". (Photo)
A Rubik's 360 event took place on Friday evening.
Taking place over three days was the "Joker Touch Cube" event. The Touch Cube, designed by Joker AG, was an electronic Rubik's Cube consisting of six touchscreen displays. A swipe over one of the touchscreens twisted the virtual sides. There was one solve allowed per person.
Unlike the 2007 Championships when only "legal puzzle brands" were allowed, the 2009 World Championships were the first World Championships in which the rules stated that "all puzzle and sticker brands are allowed".
- Photos by Owidiusz Pryk
- Photos by Frank Tiex
- Video of the 3x3x3 Final by Yu Nakajima
- World Championships 2009 roundup video by Rubik's