There are 41 different variations for solving the corner-edge pieces in the F2L step. Many of these cases are very similar to each other (mirrors) and therefore. F2L Algorithms (First 2 Layers). Developed by Feliks Zemdegs and Andy Klise. Images sourced from Conrad Rider’s VisualCube. The CFOP Method (Cross – F2L – OLL – PLL), sometimes known as the Fridrich method, is one of the most commonly used methods in speedsolving a 3×3×3.

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You aren’t satisfied with people standing around for 2 minutes while you solve it because that guy at the office didn’t believe you.

Go on, I’ll wait right here. You might think that this sounds quite challenging, and you’d be right. This is for the 2fl reason as the cross in step 1 – you need to be able to look at the cube and produce an efficient way of solving each F2L pair.

David Singmaster published a layer-based solution in which proposed the use of a cross. Compare these two algorithms:. Well here is where d2l journey begins. There are many ways to solve the ‘F2L’ on a cube. Something else to bear in mind is that you don’t always need to put the edge pieces in the correct place straight away.

In the diagrams of the cases made with Lars Vandenbergh’s amazing ImageCube scriptonly three sides can be shown, so sometimes, stickers from the edge cubie dridrich be hidden from view. This step of the cube should be done intuitively, even though there are algorithms for each case, algorithms should only be used for slower cases.

There are, of course, many more cases than this, but most can be solved with the strategies above or can be reduced to one frldrich the above cases. There are, however, some more optimal algorithms. A total of four corner edge or ‘CE’ pairs are made and inserted to solve the first two layers. This database is part of the speedsolving. As above, you might now need to turn the top layer friddrich realign the corner pieces.


OLL consists of 57 different algorithms. If you are thinking “how the dickens is anyone supposed to do this in 4. But sometimes it can be advantageous to disturb unsolved spaces by choosing a space to build your corner-edge pair that also assists the creation of the next pair.

You want to be one of those people, who can just look at a cube, and ten seconds later boom, it’s done.

CFOP Method

Your natural instinct may be to use your right hand, which produces the first algorithm. Even though you can already solve this case using the beginner way, I would take the time to practise and learn this algorithm now.

It does take time to get used to, and it fridrcih really matter how long you take when you’re practising. In this situation, the first algorithm uses the empty space between the red and blue faces to move the red-blue edge piece so it can be easily paired and inserted. Last Layer Edge Control coming soon! Friddrich step is called CPLLas it aims to permute the corners – that is, move them to their correct positions like this:. Learn the intuitive steps first and f2o understand how the moves work.

The first algorithm does successfully pair the red-blue corner and edge pieces, but fridfich also lifts out the blue-orange pair from its proper place, thereby undoing any hard work it took to put it there. Archived from the original on 26 September Just like with the happy red-green pieces before, sometimes you will come to an F2L fririch that you’ve solved many times, but solve it in a different way because you want to set up the next F2L pair for easy solving.


However, the second algorithm is much faster to perform, as it is essentially the same few moves performed three times. There are lots of algorithms for doing this, but I like this one the best.

If you perform each algorithm as quickly as humanly possible, you don’t leave yourself much time to analyse the cube and isolate the next corner-edge pair you frudrich to solve. Fortunately, there is a huge algorithm database for your perusal, where you can find the perfect algorithms for you.

F2L combines steps 2 and 3 of my beginner solution, but it requires approximately the same number of moves as step 3 alone. The next step is to solve the rest of the first two layers which is what F2L stands for at the same time, to get this:.

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But you could also place the white-red piece by doing this: This c2l was last edited on 17 Decemberat PLL gets the same treatment, as we’ll be permuting the corners first and then the edges. This leaves you with a very start-stop, stuttery solve as you rapidly perform an algorithm and then stop to find the next one. The first approach involves taking each edge piece, putting it above where it needs to go, and turning the appropriate face twice to place the piece on the bottom layer.

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