Hey! My name is Bob Burton. I am one of the most well-known speedcubers in the world. Currently, I teach high school mathematics at a school in The Bronx, New York.
I solved my first cube back in May 2001. I was in high school on the crew team and somebody brought a Rubik's Cube to play with because crew regattas last all day but you usually only race for a few minutes, so there is a lot of downtime and it can be very boring. None of us knew how to solve the cube so we just raced to see who could get one side the fastest. I was one of the worst ones so when I got home, I bought my own cube and an addiction was born. I was able to solve the first two layers on my own, but needed assistance from the solution booklet to solve the last layer.
I used this simple solution which was pretty inefficient and required about 80-90 moves (once I mastered it) to solve the cube. It was about 13-14 looks to solve the cube. My best average of 12 solves (removing the best and worst) with that method was 37.85 seconds and I achieved a non-lucky best time of 29.44 seconds with it. In February 2005 I decided to convert to the Fridrich m ethod in which I solve the cross, the four corner-edge pairs, orient the last layer, and finally permute the last layer. It took three weeks of February to learn how to solve the F2L as corner-edge pairs and get used to solving the cross on the D-face (as opposed to the U-face), three weeks of March to learn the 21 PLL cases, half of April and all of May to learn the 57 OLL cases, and two weeks of July to learn the 40 COLL cases.
Since then, I have had many experiences with the Rubik's Cube. I have competed in official competitions all over the world and even become an official WCA (World Cube Association) delegate. I founded the Rutgers University Rubik's Cube Club and started organizing competitions at Rutgers University. Soon after, I began delegating competitions outside of RU, thus expanding the range of competitions on the East Coast. Since then, I have competed in nearly 100 competitions and delegated more than 50 official competitions.
Some of my most notable cubing accomplishments include:
- Rubik's Magic World Record (single and average) in 2005 and 2006
- Master Magic World Record (single and average) in 2005
- Rubik's Clock North American Record (single and average) in 2005-2008
- 2005 Worlds 3rd Place in Rubik's Magic
- 2005 Worlds 2nd Place in Master Magic
- 2006 US National Champion in Rubik's Magic
- 2006 US National Champion in Master Magic
- 2006 US National Champion in Square-1
- 2007 US Nationals 3rd Place in Fewest Moves
- 2007 US Nationals 3rd Place in Rubik's Clock
- 2007 US National Champion in Rubik's Magic
- 2007 US National Champion in Master Magic
- 2009 US Nationals 3rd Place in Rubik's Clock
What About Now?
Over the years, I have become much busier and have significantly less time to practice than I did while in high school and college. Therefore, I can no longer put up the competitive times that I used to. Instead, I contribute to the cubing community mostly through organizing and delegating competitions in the Northeast USA.