May 2018, Bengaluru, India
Invented in 1974 it took the world by storm in the early 1980s and half a century later – with its 3 billion combinations of twists and turns – Professor Erno Rubik’s, some might say infernal, cube continues to entrance and torment and for some has become a vocation in its own right.
While being seen to be ‘square’ at school is hardly the playground endorsement any schoolkid wants, for one young man, Aamir Saifee, to be ‘cube’ is definitely to be cool. 13 year old Aamir started his cubing journey not too long ago and is now not just among the top cubers in the country but in the world. His hard-work, dedication and passion have seen him smash the Indian record for 2×2 cubes.
Aamir’s interest into cubing came about by accident. One day, while doing some research for school he came upon a Rubiks cube solving video on YouTube. The video attracted him to solving a cube and that was when he purchased his first ever Rubik’s cube. He was unable to solve the cube for weeks but once he had done so he was hooked.
In the two years since he started in 2015, Aamir has attended 12 competitions and received 9 medals and multiple certificates. His greatest achievement was when he beat the world champion, Mats Valk, his idol, at a competition in Mumbai, where the former was invited as a chief guest. Adding to this, on 15th April 2018 at a competition at Oakridge International School, Bangalore, he broke the National Record of 2x2x2 Rubik’s Cube solving with an average time of 1.68 seconds! This victory has taken his current official ranking in 2x2x2 Rubik’s Cube Solving (Avg Time) to 1st in India, 2nd in Asia and 16th in the world. He is also the youngest Indian cuber till date to have achieved this position. For the official list and information on all his competitions visit the World Cube Association website.
Aamir was also a part of the World Cubing Championship 2017 held in Paris with 12 participants from India, Aamir being the youngest at 12 years. He attained 21stposition in 2x2x2 Rubik’s cube solving in that competition.
In December, 2017, Aamir was invited by Fazlani L’Academie Globale where he gave a talk on the Rubik’s Cube, and his journey in cubing to the pupils of Grade 5. He has also been invited to address the students of grade 5 at Green Lawns School, Mumbai and is also gearing up to attend the Asian Cubing Championship to be held in Taiwan in August, 2018.
After breaking the National Record Aamir received a sponsorship from a well known Rubik’s Cube manufacturer called “Cubelelo”. Aamir will be the first one to test their latest 2x2x2 Rubik’s Cube launched by the company for review and feedback to the company and on social media.
To know more about Aamir and his cubing journey subscribe to his YouTube channel, ‘Aamir Saifee’. Watch him break the record here: