Feliks Zemdegs

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Feliks Zemdegs
Feliks Zemdegs at the World Cubing Championships in Bangkok in October 2011.
Feliks Zemdegs at the World Cubing Championships in Bangkok in October 2011.
Born (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 18)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Known for Rubik's Cube speedsolver

Feliks Zemdegs (/fɛliks/) (born 20 December 1995) is an Australian Rubik's Cube speedsolver.

His surname is Latvian, and his maternal grandparents are from Lithuania. Zemdegs bought his first cube in April 2008 inspired by speedcubing videos and tutorials on YouTube. The first unofficial time he recorded was an average of 19.73 seconds on 14 June 2008.[1] He currently uses the Fridrich method to solve the 3x3x3 cube, Yau method to solve the 4x4x4 cube and the CLL method to solve the 2x2x2 cube.

Zemdegs won the first competition he attended, the New Zealand's Championships (July 2009) with an average of 13.74 seconds in the final round. He also won 2x2, 4x4, 5x5, 3x3 Blindfolded, and 3x3 One-Handed.

At his next competition, the Melbourne Summer Open (January 2010), Zemdegs set his first world records for 3x3x3 and 4x4x4 average, with times of 9.21 seconds and 42.01 seconds respectively. The most world records he has ever held at one time was after the competition in Melbourne in May 2011 where he held all 12 records listed in the first 12 columns of the table below.

He won the 3x3 event at the Rubik's Cube world championship in Las Vegas in July 2013 and also came first in the 4x4 and 3x3 One handed.[2]

Current held World Records[edit]

Record type Result[3] Set at
3x3x3 Cube Average 6.54 seconds Melbourne Cube Day 2013
3x3x3 Cube One-Handed Average 11.72 seconds Niddrie 2014
5x5x5 Cube Single 48.42 seconds US Nationals 2014
5x5x5 Cube Average 54.20 seconds Niddrie 2014

Competitions attended[edit]

Competition Name City Date World records set (Current records highlighted thus - Records gained or regained underlined)
3x3 avg 4x4 avg 4x4 single OH avg 5x5 single 5x5 avg 2x2 avg 3x3 single 6x6 single 6x6 avg 4x4 blindfold OH single 7x7 avg
New Zealand Championships Wellington Jul 2009
Melbourne Summer Open Melbourne Jan 2010 9.21 42.01
Melbourne Winter Open Melbourne Jun 2010
New Zealand Championships Wellington Jul 2010 8.52 35.55
Australian Nationals Melbourne Sep 2010 14.76 1:02.93 1:07.59
Asian Championship Bangkok Oct 2010 34.72, 34.41 2.35
Melbourne Cube Day Melbourne Nov 2010 7.91 39.73,35.80 31.97 2.12 7.03, 6.77
Melbourne Summer Open Melbourne Jan 2011 7.87 1:01.59 1:07.01 6.65 2:05.88 2:15.64 3:37.80
Kubaroo Open Melbourne May 2011 31.05 14.41 6.24 11.16
Melbourne Winter Open Melbourne Jun 2011 7.64 30.88 6.18, 5.66
Australian Nationals 2011 Melbourne Aug 2011 30.28 1:00.27 1:04.20 1:56.96
World Championship 2011 Bangkok Oct 2011 35.33, 35.22 59.27, 56.22 59.94
Melbourne Cube Day 2011 Melbourne Nov 2011
Melbourne Summer 2012 Melbourne Feb 2012 34.82 57.94
Australian Nationals 2012 Melbourne Sep 2012 7.53 26.75 51.31, 51.09 57.64
Melbourne Cube 2012 Melbourne Nov 2012 57.63
Cupcake Cubing 2013 Melbourne May 2013
Shepparton Winter 2013 Shepparton Jun 2013 25.34
World Rubik's Cube Championship 2013 Las Vegas July 2013
Australian Nationals 2013 Canberra Sep 2013 7.49 50.50 56.87 2:52.09
Melbourne Cube Day 2013 Melbourne Nov 2013 6.54 55.33 9.05
Lifestyle Seasons Summer 2014 Melbourne Jan 2014 24.66 9.03
Melbourne Summer 2014 Melbourne February 2014
Shepparton Autumn 2014 Shepparton March 2014
Northpark Adelaide 2014 Adelaide April 2014
Melbourne Winter 2014 Melbourne June 2014
US Nationals 2014 Jersey City August 2014 48.42 2:48.16
Australian Nationals 2014 Sydney Aug 2014 55.10
Melbourne Cube day 2014 Melbourne November 2014
Johannesburg 2014 Johannesburg November 2014
Cape Town 2014 Cape Town November 2014
Niddrie 2014 Melbourne Dec 2014 11.72 54.20

Media appearances[edit]

  • 2 Jun 2009 - Herald Sun article (Australia)[4]
  • 3 Jun 2009 - Channel 9 Today program (Australia)
  • 18 July 2009 - TVNZ One News (New Zealand)[5]
  • 20 Jul 2009 - Dominion Post article (New Zealand)[6]
  • 21 Jan 2010 - Stonnington Leader article (Australia)[7]
  • 17 Jul 2010 - The Australian newspaper article (Australia)[8]
  • 21 Jul 2010 - Herald Sun article (Australia)[9]
  • 25 Jul 2010 - The Epoch Times (United States)[10]
  • 26 Jul 2010 - Sydney Morning Herald video (Australia)[11]
  • 27 Jul 2010 - The Age newspaper article (Australia)[12]
  • 6 Sep 2010 - Melbourne Leader article (Australia)[13]
  • 9 Nov 2010 - Test Australia: The National IQ Test, solving the Rubik's cube in 8.96 seconds.[14]
  • 16 Nov 2010 - Ninemsn article (Australia)[15]
  • 19 Nov 2010 - Yahoo News (United States) video
  • 2 Jun 2011 - ABC Science Program "Catalyst" (Australia) video[16]
  • 9 Feb 2012 - New York Times (United States)[17]
  • 30 Nov 2012 - Gold FM interview (Australia)[18]
  • 03 May 2014 - The Guardian[19]
  • 27 November 2014 - IOL South Africa[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First posted average". 
  2. ^ "WC 2013 results". 
  3. ^ "Feliks Zemdegs record page". worldcubeassociation.org. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/melbourne-schoolboy-a-rubiks-cube-genius/story-e6frf7kx-1225720004320
  5. ^ "Rubik's cube craze sweeps NZ (1:40)". Television New Zealand. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rubik's cubers a breed apart". The Dominion Post. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Bruce, Kate (21 January 2010). "All-of-a-twist up to persist in Armadale - People - News - Stonnington Leader". Stonnington-leader.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Week, A (17 July 2010). "Golfers line up for bad boys' club". The Australian. 
  9. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/feliks-corners-the-cube-market/story-e6frf7kx-1225894767482
  10. ^ AAP (26 July 2010). "Australia’s Rubik Cube World Champion | National | Australia". Epoch Times. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Can you Cube it? Feliks can". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  12. ^ Nolan, Kellee (27 July 2010). "Feliks speeds his way to top of the cubist world". The Age (Melbourne). 
  13. ^ Younger, Emma. "MULTIMEDIA: Fingers fly at the National Rubik's Cube competition - Arts & Entertainment - Lifestyle - Melbourne Leader". Melbourne-leader.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Feliks Zemdegs - Rubiks cube - National IQ test Channel 9 9th Nov 2010". YouTube. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Australian news - national headlines". News.ninemsn.com.au. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Catalyst: God’s Algorithm - ABC TV Science". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Greenbaum, Hilary; Rubinstein, Dana (9 February 2012). "Who Made That Rubik's Cube?". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ "Rubik's Cube Wizz Feliks Zemdegs - Shows - Brig & Lehmo for Breakfast - GOLD104.3 - Good Times & Great Classic Hits". GOLD104.3. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Beyond the Rubik's Cube: inside the competitive world of speedcubing". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Fastest finger to solve colourful puzzle". IOL. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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