On August 31, 2009, the first official speedcubing competition in Indonesia under the World Cube Association (WCA) was successfully held. The competition was attended by participants from various countries such as Indonesia (the host), Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands, Belgium, and others. Abel Brata set a national record for the Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 category and achieved a podium finish for the Multiple Blindfolded 3x3x3 category in this competition.
The WCA is an international organization that governs the official competitions of Rubik’s Cube and other twisty puzzles. Speedcubing, the activity of solving these puzzles as quickly as possible, has gained popularity worldwide and has become a competitive sport with its own set of rules and regulations.
Indonesia, as one of the countries with a growing speedcubing community, hosted its first official WCA-sanctioned competition in 2009. The event was held in Jakarta and attracted participants from various countries in Asia and Europe.
Abel Brata made his mark in the competition by setting a national record for the Rubik’s Cube 3x3x3 category with a time of 14.44 seconds. He also achieved a podium finish for the Multiple Blindfolded 3x3x3 category, which requires the competitor to solve multiple Rubik’s Cubes while blindfolded within a certain time limit.
The success of this competition paved the way for more official speedcubing events to be held in Indonesia, allowing local cubers to compete internationally and showcase their skills. Since then, Indonesia has hosted several WCA-sanctioned competitions, and its speedcubing community continues to grow and thrive.
Indonesia Open 2009, as the first official speedcubing competition in Indonesia under the WCA was a significant milestone for the country’s speedcubing community and has inspired and motivated local cubers to excel in the sport, and the event has opened up opportunities for Indonesian speedcubers to compete and succeed on the international stage.