Rubik's Cube Competition

March  28, 2014

      "The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" will be going on in Dixon Illinois this weekend. Saturday more than 80 people from several states will compete in a regional competition for the best times solving the Rubik's Cube - that is, having all one color on each side of the cube.

One of the organizers is Jean Brechon, who got involved after her son attended his first Cube Competition in Chicago. Wanting to have more chances to improve, and help others, he started hosting a competition in Dixon. She says the event will feature "scrambles" and "solves."

      "There are three people sitting at a table - you take your cube to them, they scramble it, it's covered, then the judge takes it to a competitor. He sits at a table with a timer, the judge asks 'are you ready,' they take the cover off. He's allowed 8 seconds to examine it, they hit the timer, and begin to solve it."

      Brechon says the world record for "solving" a 3 by 3 Rubik's Cube is 5 seconds. And after four years of competition, her son's best is now 12 1/2 seconds.

      Although it is a "competition," she says mainly people are trying to improve their own times, not beat the other participants. The Cube Competition will be held Saturday from 9 to 5 at the Northwest Territory Museum in Dixon, formerly the Dixon Historic Center.