Forget Pokémon Go, gaming and social media, youngsters from a school in Westminster were given a glimpse of a 1980s craze with the visit of a Rubik’s Cube champion.
Ukrainian Maxim Chechnev visited Portland Place School to show off his skills to amazed pupils earlier this month.
Maxim is best known for being placed second in Ukraine’s Got Talent in 2013 and has continued to win competition after competition with his skills.
And he earned a raucous cheer from pupil’s at the school after completing one challenge while blindfolded.
Cubing is known as a brilliant skill for young people to learn, as it helps with memory recall, noticing patterns and algorithms.
Lydia Coles, head of Key Stage Two and the teacher who organised the visit, commented: “What’s brilliant about cubing is you don’t have to be great at maths to be able to do it but it still helps exercise the brain.
“It is fantastic that Maxim, who is such a legend in the cubing world, took the time to come and visit our pupils.
“The determination shown by our students to solve their cubes, and as quickly as possible, is amazing.”
Year Five pupil David Krasovskiy said: “It was great that Maxim came to see us as we are all really interested in the Rubik’s Cube. The challenge is great and helps to exercise the brain.
“It’s unbelievable how fast he can complete the puzzle and I hope that one day I can solve it as fast as he can.”
Maxim’s personal best time for completing the Rubik’s Cube is 13.35 seconds. His best time while blindfolded is one minute and five seconds mins.