Ripon boy, 12, solves Rubik’s Cube in 10 seconds at European Championships
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Jul 21, 2022
Kris Lim Rubik's Cube
Kris Lim with an original 3x3 cube.

A 12-year-old from Ripon has solved a Rubik’s Cube in 10.72 seconds at the European Championships in Copenhagen.

Ripon Grammar School student Kris Lim is ranked among the top 100 in the country at solving the puzzle.

He was one of 550 competitors going head-to-head solving the 7×7 and the original 3×3 cube at the event in Denmark, which was organised by the Rubik’s World Cube Association.

Kris Lim Rubik's Cube

Competing in Denmark

Kris’ 10.72 seconds time for the 3×3 was his best score in a competition.

He is currently ranked 96th in the UK in 3×3 one-handed with a time of 18.17 seconds. He’s also 98th in the UK in 2×2 with a single solve of 1.99 seconds.

He spends an hour a day cubing and solved his first cube when he was eight years old. He said:

“I started getting faster when I was 11 and people thought it was cool. I can solve a 3×3 blindfolded too, although I haven’t done this at a competition yet.

“The most enjoyable part at the competition was meeting other cubers, as cubing is a rare hobby. My ambition is to get a sub-10 3×3 average in a competition one day.”

The puzzle was was invented in 1974 by Hungarian professor Erno Rubik.


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