Chris Tran is an American speedcuber.
After working on a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, he headed Cubicle Labs in Westchester, New York, where he pioneered many innovations such as commercial puzzle dyeing, flexible centers with magnetic tensions, as well as accelerating the field of puzzle magnetics. His efforts in puzzle magnetics led to the first commercially available magnetic 3x3 puzzle, which was superior to previous puzzles in stability, tactility, and lockup reduction.
He is most notable for being the first person to learn full ZB in 2009. After a hiatus from cubing between 2011-2015, he relearned full ZBLL in one month from new algorithms, effectively learning ZBLL twice.
In 2015, he became the WCA Candidate Delegate for Georgia and nearby Southeastern USA region. In 2016, he transitioned into becoming the WCA Candidate Delegate for the Northeastern United States. Also during 2016, he joined the WCA Disciplinary Committee, which investigates and handles misconduct at WCA competitions.
He was also 2015 national champion of 2-Layer Blue Smart Egg, and currently holds the world record at 8.07 seconds.
He has also created multiple methods based on ZBLL such as ZBLD (Solving edges and corner simultaneously with ZBLL), CTLS (Using ZBLL to force LL skips and FMC insertion), and LL Skip methods such as ZZ-HW and ZZ-CT, which solves an F2L piece and the LL simultaneously.