Argentine tweens are flippin’ killing it this week – so much so, in fact, that covering their niche and unexpected talents has become my beat here at The Bubble. Just a few days ago, Tigre-born Thiago Lapp, a 13-year-old who goes by “King,” came in 5th place and won nearly US $1 million at the Fortnite World Cup held in New York City. Now, another Argentine kiddo has gotten our attention.
Bautista Bonazzola, a 15-year-old from Santa Fe, broke the South American record for solving a Rubik’s cube in the 3×3 (aka main) category with the lightning speed of 5.5 seconds. The competition took place in his hometown of Santa Fe in June.
Bonazzola’s passion for “cubing” was born five years ago when he was only 10. “I saw a boy solve the cube in 15 seconds, and there and then I wanted to learn how to put it together, and just didn’t stop,” the teenager recalled in an interview with Sante Fe local news source, Aire de Sante Fe. Since then, he has participated in 36 different competitions.
In July, Bonazzola traveled to Australia to participate in the WCA World Championship, which took place July 11-14 in Melbourne, Australia. Though at this tournament he didn’t manage to overcome his record in the 3×3 category, he aspires to meet that goal in the next edition of the competition that will be held in two years.
“I believe it’s a matter of patience,” he explained when giving a Rubik’s cube demonstration with 11 cubes. “No matter how long it takes you to solve it.”
There are seventeen categories of Rubik cubes, the simplest being the 2×2, which is the smallest and the fastest to solve. The largest is 17×17. Bonazzola is an expert at all 17, though he holds the record for 3×3, the original and most tradition of the Rubik’s cubes, a 3-D combination puzzle invited in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor Erno Rubik.
“You can solve it with one hand, with your feet, and even blindfolded,” the teen said, speaking about his favorite category of the 3×3. “It’s a matter of practice. At first it was difficult for me to turn and it was slow.”
This weekend, maybe instead of training your liver to deal with unhealthy amounts of Malbec, why not give your brain a workout instead? It’s not too late to make your parents proud (or is it?).