Written by Carlin Garey
From 8th grade to 9th, Knox Hall has mastered the art of solving the death cubes, formally known as Rubik’s Cubes. Even during the middle of class, teachers are very likely to see him twisting and turning a cube just for the fun of it. He loves Rubik’s cubes is because “they’re fun and everything is different.”
Surprising, Hall has only been solving cubes for little over a year. He says, “I saw my friend doing it one day and it was cool.” He quickly realized if he could one, he could solve many. Ever since that day, he has only been purchasing more and more and solving each one of them in different times. Not to mention, he has spent a crazy amount of money on a few that he has bought in the past. He states that he spent, “about $54 on a 7×7, $64 on a 4×4, and $300 on a bundle of cubes.” Every purchase he has made has gone to good use since he is constantly solving and resolving his numerous cubes.
Within the many number of cubes he has a select few that he finds are his favorite. “4×4 or 5×5 are my favorite. Not a lot of people use them or like them because they are more complicated. Not a lot of people take the time to get better at the bigger cubes so it’s easier to excel because I am willing to put in the time.”
As far as the complexity of a cube goes, the time of which one can solve one is just as impressive as having the ability to solve one in general. The fastest he has ever solved one was “11.24 seconds a ‘normal’ (3×3).” With impressive times such as 11.24 seconds, he decided to use the advantage in competitions Hall has been to, “11 competitions so far.” Within these competitions, there are many rules that are to be learned by the participators in the tournament. Like any other competition, there are many basic rules and many complex rules,Hall said, “There is like 100,000 rules and I practically read through them all in one day.”
Hall hopes to attend and compete in Nationals this summer. Where they are being held this year is currently “unknown.” In order to qualify for a spot in the national competition, “you have to do exceedingly well in at least 1 event.” Hall did just that in Americus, where he got 1st place. This included a National Qualification.