Turk­ish teen eyes Skewb Cube world record

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

OVER the last 40 years, the Ru­bik’s Cube has be­come a fa­mil­iar sight: You can see it sit­ting on the win­dow of a toy shop or right next to the regis­ter in a sta­tion­ary shop. But hardly a few dares try solv­ing it, let alone mas­ter­ing it.

Four­teen-year-old Melih Kayra Kadıoğlu dis­cov­ered the mag­i­cal world of the Ru­bik’s Cube five years ago while shop­ping in his home­town, Uşak. With­out any help, he learned how to solve ar­guably the world’s most fa­mous puz­zle and mas­tered it, be­com­ing the Turk­ish cham­pion.

At first, Kadıoğlu’s fas­ci­na­tion with the Ru­bik’s Cube started as a hobby. How­ever, a year ago, his teach­ers at Uşak Science and Art Cen­ter en­cour­aged him to par­tic­i­pate in the na­tional Ru­bik’s Cube cham­pi­onships.

In Fe­bru­ary, he man­aged to solve the cube in 2.7 sec­onds and be­came the Ru­bik’s Cube cham­pion in “Skewb” cat­e­gory. Now, Kadıoğlu wants to take his suc­cess to the next level and be­come a world cham­pion and world record holder.

Speak­ing to Anadolu Agency (AA), Kadıoğlu said that he prac­ticed with his cube ev­ery day for at least an hour. “The world record for Skewb Cube is 1.10 sec­onds. I broke the record dur­ing my train­ing but I have not had the chance to com­pete in an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion yet.”

He prac­ticed his skills on a va­ri­ety of Ru­bik’s Cube but he is best in Skewb. For the last six years, his teach­ers at the Science and Art Cen­ter are sup­port­ing and en­cour­ag­ing him to be­come the world record holder. Kadıoğlu said break­ing the record is not easy but it is not im­pos­si­ble.

The Prin­ci­pal at Uşak Science and Art Cen­ter Şakir Özdemir said: “He left our head spin­ning with his cube solv­ing skills. We asked him to par­tic­i­pate in the Turk­ish cham­pi­onship last year and he broke the Turk­ish record for Skewb Cube in the first go. I hope that he will be­come a world record holder.”

SKEWB CUBE

The Skewb Cube which was in­vented by Tony Durham is a com­bi­na­tion puz­zle and a me­chan­i­cal puz­zle in the style of Ru­bik’s Cube. Although it is cu­bi­cal in shape, it dif­fers from Ru­bik’s con­struc­tion in that its axis of ro­ta­tion passes through the cor­ners of the cube rather than the cen­ters of the faces. There are four such axes, one for each space di­ag­o­nal of the cube. As a re­sult, it is a deep-cut puz­zle in which each twist af­fects all six faces.

The world record for the Skewb Cube is 1.10 sec­onds is held by Poland’s Jonatan Klosko.

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