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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But not exactly the same, as you’ll have noticed – the cube is upside down.

You will have to rely on them in practically every solve until you learn every other OLL and PLL algorithm, which will take you some time and effort.

All of that being said, I can give you some situations 33 hopefully make the process easier. Not having to turn the cube over after completing the cross on the top layer saves a lot of time, and it also means that you can be looking for the pieces for the next step whilst completing the cross on the bottom.

For example, if the edge v2l shows a blue sticker, the unseen sticker would be red.

– CFOP – First 2 Layers (F2L)

It should be f2ll to you that you f2k simply do F2 to correctly place the white-blue edge piece on the bottom layer. Of course, when you’re just sat at home on a lazy Sunday idling the afternoon away with a Rubik’s Cube you likely won’t be paying much attention to official WCA competition rules, but it does give you something to aim for. F2L V2l Proposer s: Now, when you’re solving the cube using the full CFOP method, the whole last layer is supposed to be solved in two steps:.

It is the greatest oak that has the strongest roots, and you’ll grow your roots using the beginner’s guide. They are there so you can see an optimal way to solve each case, but try to not rely on them for every single F2L case you encounter. Have a go on your cube, and see if you can work out how to solve any of the pairs. Try to also remember that you probably have two hands.


So instead, what we’re going to do, you and I, is cheat a little. Even though you can f2 solve this case using the beginner way, I would take the time to practise and learn this algorithm now.

Speedcubing Guide

This will be awkward the first few times you attempt it, but it is certainly worth practising. The red-blue F2L pair 3z3 used in all of these diagrams so the sticker that is hidden would be either red or blue, depending on which sticker is shown. Go on, I’ll wait right here. You want to eliminate wasted time searching for pieces. This idea of finding an empty f2ll 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.

This is for the same 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. Something else to bear in mind is that you don’t always need to put the edge pieces in the correct place straight away.

After solving the cross, a corner-edge pair is paired up form pair3x then inserted into the correct slot pair insertion. One – the pairing of the corner and edge aka “F2L pair” – and two – the insertion of the F2L pair. But now you’re hooked. The next step is to solve the rest f2p the first two layers which is what F2L stands for at the same time, to get this:.

This might seem like a trivial difference to you, but each little pause adds up, and when you’re trying to really push down your solve time every second counts.

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. However, many other sites do have so-called “algorithms” for this step. If doing the cross on the bottom takes much longer than when doing it on the top, don’t be disheartened! It’s beautiful, and no horrid cube rotations.


The corner piece is paired with the edge f22l, and the pair is inserted into the right place. Mostly, people learn 1-look PLL before 1-look OLL, as there are fewer of x33 to learn and they are more easily identified. The corner pieces should then be permuted correctly in relation to each other – but you might need to turn the top layer so that they are back in the right places.

You needn’t go through the steps in order – you t2l learn and practise each bit independently, falling back on the beginner method as and when you ff2l it. As mentioned above, the sections in this method don’t have to be learned sequentially. Top of the page. There are, however, some more optimal algorithms.

How To Solve The Second Layer Of The Rubik’s Cube (F2L)

Fortunately, there is a huge algorithm database for your perusal, where you can find the perfect algorithms for you. Well here is where your journey begins. Here’s a similar example:.

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. If you’ve just arrived at this website looking to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube and thought to yourself “Beginner my left foot, I’m starting with the speed cubing guide, that sounds fast”, then I warn you now: To do this, you need to look for ‘headlights’ – a face where both top layer corners are the f2, colour presumably named due to their resemblance to the headlights of a car.

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