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Rubik's Cubers ready to rumble in Rocklin

By: Staff Report
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SacCubing II Tournament

When: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

Where: Destiny Community Center, 6850 Five Star Blvd., Rocklin

Entry fee: $20

Admission: free for spectators

To sign up or find more information, visit www.worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/SacCubingII2017.

Rocklin will play host on Saturday to Rubik’s Cube pros from around the world at the SacCubing II Tournament, courtesy of the World Cube Association and Placer Valley Tourism.

According to a news release from Placer Valley Tourism, the event at Destiny Community Center will be the first of its kind in Placer County, with 89 competitive cubers already registered and 46 more spots available online as of Tuesday.

The WCA is the organization that governs all puzzles that are labeled as Rubik puzzles, as well as any other puzzles that are played by twisting sides. WCA speedcubing competitions are held throughout the year all over the world and supported by regional organizations, like CubingUSA, that are responsible for planning competitions in their respective countries.

At least five countries will be represented at Saturday’s event in Rocklin, including Canada, India, China, Indonesia and the United States. The foreign competitors are either dual citizens or students studying abroad from their respective countries.

Tournament co-organizer Christian Martin explained that some veteran cubers from the East Coast are flying over to participate, and many others are West Coast cubers. Although the competition is open to puzzle-solvers of any age, the average age for participants is between 10 and 20 years old.

"This tournament is bound to be an exciting event for participants and spectacle for those who watch,” Martin said. “Competitive Rubik's Cube solving is something that must be seen to be believed.”

Martin's co-organizer Ryan Jew said he was “very happy” with how the Sacramento area has fostered an interest in cubing this year.

“Before 2017 there weren't any competitions nearby and now there should be a few per year,” he said. “In fact we already are planning our next SacCubing Tournament in January of 2018.”

For those who can solve Rubik's Cubes under pressure and would like to try their hand at competing, online registration is still open.

The competition will end around 6 p.m. with awards after the final round.