Leeds’s Darren Chilton wins Rubik challenge in 1987...

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Leeds schoolboy Darren Chilton’s amazing skills with the latest Rubik brainteaser won him through to the final of a national competition, which was due to be televised.

In the Leeds heat of the competition, organised by Rubik’s Magic manufacturer Matchbox, Darren, 15, of Nowell Street, Burmantofts, completed the puzzle in just 92 seconds, beating more than 200 other children.

Darren, who attended Corpus Christi School at the time, was given the toy the previous Christmas by his brother. The idea behind that particular puzzle was to join up the patterns on the outside of the squares so they formed the five Olympic circles.

Mother Monica said: “He mastered it quite quickly and has been playing with it ever since but this was about the fastest time he has done. It takes ma ages. He is practising very hard.”