The UK Cube Association presents the Kewbz UK Championship 2022, the UK National Speedcubing Championship, taking place on 28th-30th October at Coventry Building Society Arena!
It will be the first National Championship held in the UK since 2019 due to COVID-19, so the UKCA is making it the biggest and best the UK has ever seen, with 500 competitors taking part.
Competitors will not only compete for the fastest times in the 3x3 Cube, originally invented by Hungarian inventor Ernő Rubik in the 1970s and which exploded in popularity in the 1980s, but also in sizes from 2x2 all the way up to 7x7, and other 'twisty-puzzles' such as the Clock, Megaminx, Pyraminx, Skewb and Square-1. In addition, competitors will face challenges such as solving cubes One-Handed, and Blindfolded! All the events will be sanctioned and officially recognised by the World Cube Association, which is the global governing body of the sport.
Speedcubers from all across the country and the world will be competing, with 35 countries being represented, although it's only the speedcubers from the UK that will be eligible for the prestigious title of UK Champion.
The reigning UK Champion, George Scholey, 20, says "Becoming the UK champion back in 2019 was so thrilling and gratifying for me. To defend and retain my title this year would be incredible, but lockdown and the resurgence of cubing will of course play a big part in that. It’s up in the air this year, and whoever wins the title, me or not, will deserve it."
Kewbz UK Championship will also be seeing competitive action from one of the stars of the 2020 Netflix Documentary "The Speed Cubers", Max Park from California, as he battles with Tymon Kolasiński from Poland. The prestigious 3x3 Average World Record has been fiercely fought for throughout 2022, and it currently stands tied between them both at just 4.86 seconds! It will be the first time these two speedcubing legends will be competing against each other since the World Championships in Melbourne in 2019. Could Coventry be seeing any new World Records?
As a Director of the UKCA, a WCA Delegate, and experienced speedcuber himself, Sam Spendla, 25, says "We can't wait for the return of the speedcubing National Championship in the UK, and are thrilled to be holding it at Coventry Building Society Arena"
"We hold competitions almost weekly across the UK, but this will be our biggest and best competition yet. Since the pandemic, our competitor numbers have skyrocketed, and we're looking forward to seeing faces old and new at this year's championship."
KewbzUK, a West Sussex-based speedcube store, are sponsoring the competition, and will be there with a stall selling the latest and greatest twisty puzzles on the market.
Spectators will be permitted to attend across the weekend by paying a £5 fee at the Hall 2 Ticket Office whilst the competition is ongoing and tickets are still available. The fee grants you access to all days of the competition, including the final day on 30th October, when the 2022 UK Champion will be crowned.
More info about spectating, and the competition schedule, is available on the WCA Website here.