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CFOP stands for Cross, F2L, OLL, PLL (Cross, First 2 Layers, Orientation of Last Layer, Permutation of Last Back to 3×3 Videos 0% COMPLETE 9 LESSONS. Collection of F2L (First Two Layers) CFOP method algorithms. Digital cheat sheet tutorial on how to solve 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube. Solution for 3×3 magic cube and. We have to learn two algorithms which are symmetric to each other. We call them Left and Right algorithms.

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COLL and CLL both mean different things to other cubers, and sticking to convention makes things a lot easier for everyone involved.

Fridrich (CFOP) Method

It’s ok, no one has to know. It simply solves each piece relative to each otherand then places them in one go.

PLL gets the same treatment, as we’ll be permuting the corners 2fl and then the edges. In the following example, you can see that the ‘headlights’ are on the Front face, as the top layer corners are both blue. Speedcubing Guide So you’ve gone through the beginner’s method a few times, and maybe you can solve the cube unaided every time.

It’s beautiful, and no horrid cube rotations. These miscellaneous techniques can help you improve your speed d2l the step. 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. If doing the cross on the bottom takes much longer than when doing it on the top, don’t be disheartened!

Not only will it help you speed up whenever you find yourself with a dot on the last layer, but when you see this algorithm again during proper 1-look OLL, you’ll feel all smug because you already know it. This can’t be solved as simply, but the idea is exactly the same. But the second algorithm is considerably quicker to perform, as you don’t have to adjust your hand position at all. Last Layer Edge Control coming soon!

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After solving the cross, a corner-edge pair is paired up form pairand then inserted into the correct slot pair insertion. Another way to solve the ‘F2L’ is by building 33x, common during the first two layers of the Petrus method.

Start using the algorithms page to learn each of the PLL algorithms. The important part of F2L is being able to solve each of the pairs without affecting any of the other previously solved pairs. Case 6 Corner on Bottom, Edge in Middle. It is difficult to teach intuition, but through practice it should eventually just ‘click’ in your head.

This will be awkward the first few times you attempt it, but it is certainly worth practising. This means that doing the cross on the bottom is difficult, as they have come to rely on 3c3 for situations that are suddenly upside-down.

Edge Middle Case 6: Case 1 Basic Cases. When done at full speed, F2L can be completed in less than 10 seconds! But not exactly the t2l, as you’ll have noticed – the cube is upside down.

The only pairs that needs both R and F turns are the six ones with the edge unoriented in the slot, if 33 edge is oriented in the slot both ways works. This idea does not mean that the previous advice of how to perform the algorithms is redundant. Page actions View View source History More. You want to be one of those people, who can just look at a cube, and ten seconds later boom, it’s done. I assure you that the rabbit hole goes even deeper than that, and every situation actually has multiple algorithms for your learning pleasure.


Through practice, your lookahead will improve to a point where you can perform every algorithm very quickly, but without losing the ability to know what you’re doing next. This idea of finding an empty space on the cube and using it to build a corner-edge pair is crucial to F2L, as of course you want to be able to construct each of the four F2L pairs without disturbing any previously solved ones.


At this pace, you remove the temptation to focus only on the pieces that you are currently applying an algorithm to, and you can easily be looking at the rest of the cube to find the next F2L pair.

Dan’s Cubing Cheat [Sheet] Site – F2L (First Two Layers) Algorithms – CFOP

Introduction Notation Step 1: Even though you can already solve this case using the beginner way, I would take the time to practise and learn this algorithm now. Move on to the next sections, but keep starting with the cross on the bottom. If you only have one, then which algorithm you use depends on the direction that f2ll other edges need to be cycled. Wasting time is bad. Fortunately, there is a huge algorithm database for your perusal, where you can find the perfect algorithms for you.

Instead, a simple U’ before the algorithm means that when you then pair the red-blue corner and edge piece, you avoid affecting the blue-orange pair.

First Two Layers (F2L) of Fridrich Speedcubing Method – Wiki

Indeed, the whole cross is assembled on the bottom layer instead of the top. Both Top Type 2 Case 4: For example, here are two ways of pairing the corner and edge pieces:. Go on, I’ll wait right here. Wiki tools Special pages.