One night in Bangkok

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European competitors have headed to Bangkok, Thailand for the World Rubik's Cube Championship 2011.

10. 74 seconds is the time to beat at the 2011 World Rubik's CubeChampionship [http://www. thailandcube. com/wc2011 ]. Nearly a hundred competitors from 19 European Countries, ranging from the United Kingdom to Slovenia, are preparing to make the trip to Bangkok, Thailand 14–16 October 2011, joining some 250 others from as far away as Japan and Australia, to earn their places in Rubik's Cube [http://www. rubiks. com ] history – from speedcubing to solving the Cube blindfolded. The three–day event taking place at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Thailand's tallest building, culminates withthe crowning of the " World Rubik's Cube Champion" with the 3x3 Rubik's Cube event. This year, Breandan Vallance of the United Kingdom will be defending his title that he won in 2009 in Dusseldorf, Germany with an average solve time of 10. 74 seconds. Glory, however, isn't the only motivating factor for competitors – former 3x3 world record holder, 21–year–old Erik Akkersdijk from The Netherlands, cites the global Rubik's Cube community and the chance to travel to new cities around the world as major motivators for competing. " Nowadays my motivation is the possibility to travel to foreigncountries and meet cool people from all over the world, " said 21–year–old competitor, Erik Akkersdijk, who set the previous 3x3 Rubik's Cube world record in 2008 with a solve time of 7. 08 seconds. " I mean, which other hobby gets you to Bangkok? !" While solving a Rubik's Cube in a matter of seconds may seem daunting to some, competitors heading to the 2011 World Rubik's Cube Championship reveal that time, patience, practice, and setting goals are crucial to success. According to Daniel Sheppard, a 22–year–old competitor from Surrey, England and current world record holder for solving the 4x4 Rubik's Cube blindfolded, " It's not as hard as you think to learn to solve one. Most think that you have to be some sort of mathematical genius to have a chance, but you really don't!" Speedcubing and solving the Rubik's Cube with feet or blindfolded are just some of the talents showcased at the 2011 World Rubik's Cube Championship. The World Rubik's Cube Championship is comprised of 19 official events, including the following speedsolving events: 2x2 Rubik's Cube, 4x4 Rubik's Cube, 5x5 Rubik's Cube, one–handed 3x3 Rubik's Cube, 3x3 Rubik's Cube (fewest moves), 3x3 Rubik's Cube with feet, Pyraminx, Square–1, Megaminx, Rubik's Clock, Rubik's Magic, Master Magic, 3x3 Rubik's Cube blindfolded, 4x4 Rubik's Cube blindfolded, 5x5 Rubik's Cube blindfolded, and Lucky Draw. Each of the events have varying cash prizes for the winners.

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