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Feliks Zemdegs
Feliks Zemdegs at the Swisscubing Cup Final 2018 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Zemdegs at the Swisscubing Cup Final 2018 in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Born (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 23)
NationalityAustralian
Other namesFaz
Known forRubik's Cube speedsolver

Feliks Aleksanders Zemdegs[1] (/ˈfɛlɪks ˈzɛmdɛɡz/, Latvian: Fēlikss Zemdegs; born 20 December 1995) is an Australian Rubik's Cube speedsolver. He is the only speedcuber to ever win the World Cube Association World Championship twice.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Zemdegs has a Latvian ancestry and his maternal grandmother is Lithuanian.[4] Zemdegs bought his first speedcube in April 2008 after being inspired by speedcubing videos and tutorials on YouTube.[5] The first unofficial time he recorded was an average of 19.73 seconds on 14 June 2008.[6] He has been using CFOP to solve the 3×3×3 since he was 12 years old, the Yau method to solve the 4×4×4, the CLL method to solve the 2×2×2, and the Reduction method for 5×5×5 through 7×7×7.[citation needed]

Zemdegs won the 3×3×3 event at the first competition he attended, the New Zealand's Champs 2009 on 18 July 2009, with an average of 13.74 seconds in the final round. He also won 2×2×2, 4×4×4, 5×5×5, 3×3×3 blindfolded, and 3×3×3 one-handed.[7]

At his next competition, the Melbourne Summer Open 2010 on 30 January 2010, Zemdegs set his first world records for 3×3×3 average and 4×4×4 average, with times of 9.21 seconds and 42.01 seconds respectively. He held the 3×3×3 average world record continuously from then until 23 April 2017, improving it 8 times, eventually to 6.45 seconds. The most world records he has ever held at one time was after a competition in Melbourne in May 2011, when he held 12 records. As recently as 28 January 2017, he held 11 of those records concurrently.

At the World Championship 2011 in Bangkok, Zemdegs won 2×2×2, 4×4×4, 5×5×5, and 6×6×6. He also took third in 3×3×3 after winning the first three rounds, and placed third in 7×7×7.[8] At the next world championship, World Championship 2013 in Las Vegas, Zemdegs won 3×3×3, 4×4×4, and 3×3×3 One-handed. He also placed second in 5×5×5 and third in 7×7×7.[9] At World Championship 2015 in São Paulo, Zemdegs won 3×3×3, 2×2×2, 4×4×4, and 5×5×5. He also placed second in 6×6×6, 7×7×7, and Megaminx.[10] At the World Championship 2017 in Paris, Zemdegs won 5×5×5 and 7×7×7. He also took second in 6×6×6, 3×3×3 One-handed, and Megaminx, and placed third in 4×4×4.[11]

Zemdegs has a website, CubeSkills, which includes tutorials on solving the Rubik's cube and other puzzles. There are free algorithm sheets, and some free speed solving tutorial videos. The site also offers a premium membership, which enables access to advanced speed solving videos. Members can also submit their own solving videos which Zemdegs will critique.[12]

Zemdegs has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Economics, with a breadth study track in Mechanical Engineering.[13]

World Records[edit]

     Current world records are displayed with a red background.[14]

Event Type First World Record Latest World Record Total
3×3×3 Single 7.03s
Melbourne Cube Day 2010
13 November
4.22s
Cube for Cambodia 2018
6 May
10
Average 9.21s
Melbourne Summer Open 2010
30 January
5.69s
Koalafication Brisbane 2019
6–7 April
12
2×2×2 Average 2.35s
Asian Championship 2010
9–10 October
2.12s
Melbourne Cube Day 2010
13 November
2
4×4×4 Single 35.55s
New Zealand Champs 2010
10 July
19.36s
LatAm Tour – Arequipa 2017
22 June
12
Average 42.01s
Melbourne Summer Open 2010
30 January
25.97s
Adelaide Summer 2017
21 January
7
5×5×5 Single 1:02.93
Australian Nationals 2010
4–5 September
37.93s
Canberra Autumn 2018
21–22 April
16
Average 1:07.59
Australian Nationals 2010
4–5 September
43.21s
Melbourne Cube Days 2017
18–19 November
21
6×6×6 Single 2:05.88
Melbourne Summer 2011
29–30 January
1:20.03
World Championship 2017
13–16 July
6
Average 2:15.64
Melbourne Summer 2011
29–30 January
1:27.79
World Championship 2017
13–16 July
8
7×7×7 Single 2:23.55
World Championship 2015
17–19 July
2:06.73
World Championship 2017
13–16 July
5
Average 2:52.09
Australian Nationals 2013
7–8 September
2:14.04
China's 10th Anniversary 2017
1–2 October
11
3×3×3 One-handed Single 11.16s
Kubaroo Open 2011
7 May
6.88s
Canberra Autumn 2015
9–10 May
4
Average 14.76s
Australian Nationals 2010
4–5 September
10.21s
Malaysia Cube Open 2017
14–15 October
5
4×4×4 Blindfolded Single 3:37.80
Melbourne Summer 2011
29–30 January
1

Official personal records[edit]

Event Type Time Competition
3x3x3 Single 4.22 Cube for Cambodia 2018
Average 5.69 Koalafication Brisbane 2019
2x2x2 Single 0.71 Rijswijk Open 2018
Average 1.54 Canberra Autumn 2018
4x4x4 Single 19.36 LatAm Tour – Arequipa 2017
Average 23.28 Melbourne Cube Days 2017
5x5x5 Single 37.93 Canberra Autumn 2018
Average 43.21 Melbourne Cube Days 2017
6x6x6 Single 1:18.65 Australian Nationals 2018
Average 1:21.90 Weston-super-Mare Open 2018
7x7x7 Single 1:53.62 Australian Nationals 2018
Average 2:00.63 Australian Nationals 2018
3x3x3 One-handed Single 6.88 Canberra Autumn 2015
Average 10.06 WCCT Fresno 2018
Megaminx Single 33.11 CubingUSA Nationals 2018
Average 36.65 Weston-super-Mare Open 2018

Media appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2015 WCA World Championship Results". 15 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  3. ^ "2013 WCA World Championship Results". 15 June 2019. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Latviešu izcelsmes austrālietis Zemdegs kļūst par divkārtējo pasaules čempionu Rubika kuba salikšanā (Latvian-Australian Zemdegs becomes two-time world champion in Rubik's Cube speedsolving)" (in Latvian). Lsm.lv. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Saunokonoko, Mark (11 September 2015). "Feliks Zemdegs: cracking the Rubik's Cube". Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  6. ^ "First posted average".
  7. ^ "New Zealand Championships 2009 results". 18 July 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Worlds 2011 podiums".
  9. ^ "Worlds 2013 podiums".
  10. ^ "Worlds 2015 podiums".
  11. ^ "Worlds 2017 podiums".
  12. ^ "Cubeskills.com".
  13. ^ "About Feliks". CubeSkills. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  14. ^ History of WCA world records
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  35. ^ Feliks Zemdegs sets new Rubik's Cube world record

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