SeungBeom Cho holds the new speedcubing world record.
You probably grew up playing with a Rubik’s cube at some point, trying your hardest to figure out how to turn the blocks to make each side one homogenous color. If you’re very lucky, you beat the game.
What you might not know is that there is a large community of people called speedcubers who complete the Rubik’s cube puzzle competitively. For them, figuring out the solution to the puzzle is a no-brainer. It’s how fast they can do it, which involves streamlining their technique to complete it in a matter of seconds.
In an incredible video on YouTube, a 23-year old South Korean competitive speedcuber, SeungBeom Cho, breaks the world record and completes the puzzle in a mere 4.591 seconds. The previous record was held by Patrick Ponce, who solved the puzzle in 4.69 seconds earlier this year.
In the video, it happens so quickly that the people around him barely have time to register what he had even done. When an off-screen voice announces the time, the kids around him drop their cubes and surround him with cheers, applause, high fives, and other shows of support. The record was broken at ChicaGhosts 2017, a competition hosted in Chicago by the World Cube Association.
The technique he used to complete the puzzle is posted in the caption on the video, but is impossible to understand unless you’re familiar with speedcubing techniques.
“I can’t believe I did it,” Cho wrote.