Last weekend was held a game festival at the Musée Suisse du Jeu, in La-Tour-de-Peilz, named “Châteaux des Jeux”. Also present : Swisscubing !
Vice-President Reto Bubendorf and member Alessio Giuliano maintained a speedcubing booth there. Some people came accross by hazard, others were there for testing out new games, and in a few cases people came specifically for our stand. Both large and small had a lot of fun !
The Swisscubing Cup 2017 III was held in Saint-Maurice. Saint-Maurice is located in the Kanton Wallis directly at the border to Kanton Waadt. Among the 37 participants are therefore serveral French and people from French speaking Switzerland. The Venue was a big room in the local school with a lot of space and nice light.
The Events consisted like always out of the main events (2×2, 3×3, 4×4, 3×3 Blindfolded, 3×3 One-Handed and Pyraminx) and the two special events (5×5 und 7×7).
Fabian Löhle 7×7 NR Single: 3:14.50
Fabian Löhle 7×7 NR Mean: 3:25.55
Noteworthy is also the narrowly missed 5×5 Average NR. Fabian Löhle missed with 1:12.60 the current NR of Micha Zahnd by only 0.02 Sekunden!
In the overall ranking of the Swisscubing-Cups emerges a relativly obvious victory of Reto Bubendorf. The fight about the places 2-5 is going to be very exciting because everybody lies within 75 points of each other.
The ranking of the Swisscubing Cup 2017 can be seen HERE.
The first Swisscubing Cup 2017 event took place in Cadro (near Lugano) and was a complete success.
The Venue in Cadro’s former municipal chancery offered plenty of room for the 42 participants and a very pleasant and friendly atmosphere arose. Thanks to the great use of Lorenzo Spinelli, who ran a stand with food and drinks, there was no lack of food.
The day started with the first attempt in the 5×5
Blindfolded. Oleg Gritsenko was the only one to achieve success with a world class time of 8 minutes and 32.64 seconds.
Next it went with the 4×4. Not suprisingly won Richard Delacoste with an average time of 41.79 seconds. However, behind him it was comparatively close. Position 2 to 9 were within 5 seconds, while the Dutchman Guus de Wit secured second place with 45.00 seconds. On the third place Tobias Peter managed 45.65 seconds.
For the 3×3 One-Handed participated 25 people. The winner was Sebastiano Tronto from Italy with an average of 16.26 seconds. 2nd place went to Tobias Peter (18.09 seconds) and place 3 to Giorgio Zonta (18.86 seconds).
Shortly before the lunch break the second attempt of 5×5 Blindfolded was to be held, in which however no one brought to a success.
After the deserved break, the participants took part in the first round of the main event 3×3. The 12 runners with the fastest average are in the final. Among these 12 people were 6 Swiss, 5 Italians and 1 Dutchman at the end of the round. With 12.63 seconds, Theo Mayer finished 12th and secured the last place in the final.
Then the next event was Pyraminx. Reto Bubendorf won as expected. After his three first solves were on the right track to the National Record (3.29 seconds), the last two were doing less well and the average rose to 3.95 seconds. Alessandro Fava from Italy finished second with an average of 4.92 seconds. Theo Mayer was surprisingly third with a personal best performance (5.22 seconds).
In addition to the 3×3, the 2×2 event had the most participants. 37 participants from 5 nations competed. With a very good average of 2.40 seconds, Reto Bubendorf also won. Lorenzo Mauro (3.26 seconds) finished second and third was the organizer of the competition Luca Rizzi. With 3.33 he set a personal record.
Since the 5×5 Blindfolded has not gone very well for most, the hopes were on the 3×3 Blindfolded Event. And we were not disappointed. After all, more than half of the participants had at least one successful attempt. Sebastiano Tronto won with a time of 35.09 seconds. As with all Blindfolded events, the memorization as well as the Solve time is also included here. With 45.13 seconds also the second place was very fast. This was Oleg Gritsenko from Russia. Lorenzo Mauro finished third with 1 minute and 16.94 seconds.
In addition to the 5×5 Blindfolded, Megaminx was the second special event. Manuel Bühler was the clear favorite for the win. He did justice to this favorite role. Despite with one, for him bad, average time of 1 minute and 2.95 seconds, he was first with an over 9 seconds gap. The second and third place went to two Italians. Marco Rota (1: 12.76) and Lorenzo Mauro (1: 15.53).
Before the 3×3 final 6 participants tried again on the 5×5 Blindfolded. However, no success again. The disappointment was correspondingly big, because one could expect the very first 5×5 Blindfolded success for Switzerland. However, one can say that one was already further away from it and it certainly will not be long.
The highlight of the day came to the end. The 3×3 finals were performed as head-to-head. Two contestants (ranked 12th from the top), in front of numerous audiences, competed against each other. But look for yourself how it went 🙂
Luca Rizzi and Swisscubing would like to thank all participants and spectators for the great tournament and the great debut in the Swisscubing Cup 2017 Competition series.
The current ranking can be found here: Swisscubing Cup 2017 Ranking
In the past two years the Swiss speedcubing-community has grown a lot. In 2014 there were only two competitions in Switzerland, where in 2016 there were already eight of them. Also, the number of speedcubers is now more than three times as high as in 2014 (Further interesting statistics can be found HERE).
Here is a short review of the past year:
To boost speedcubing in Switzerland even more, Swisscubing was founded. Beneath organizing competitions itself, we would like to help everybody, who want to organize a competition in Switzerland, by providing Material, organizing Sponsors and a lot more.
Our other main focus lies on spreading the fascination of speedcubing all over switzerland and thereby helping the community to grow.
In this sense, the board of Swisscubing whises everyone a happy and successful new year!