Solving the 3×3 Rubik’s CubePosted: February 8, 2008
- Form the cross on the bottom layer, matching the edge color to both the bottom and the side middle cube. This step is intuitive and gets faster with practice.
- Hint: the center cubes are fixed, so its all rotational movement. Also: don’t be afraid to rotate a solved part out of the way, in order to get another piece correct. Just make sure to move it back afterwards.
- Pair the bottom corner with the correct edge of the 2nd layer on the top layer and then slot it in the correct place
- Orientation Last Layer (OLL) Goal is to form the cross on the top layer, depending on the starting position use the following algorithms. If you don’t have one of the two patterns as starting position perform one of the two algorithms to flip some edges to get one of the patterns.
After the cross the goal is to form a fish (flip one corner) and then to turn the 3 remaining corner cubes facing with the correct color up. For that we use the following algorithm that flips the corners as shown in the figure:
Make sure you have the correct side in front of you so that it flips the right colors. First perform it to get 1 corner color oriented correct, forming the fish pattern (cross + 1 corner in the same color) then perform the same algorithm once or twice to get the remaining 3 corners flipped, make sure before performing it to have the right side in front of you.
- Postioning of the Last Layer (PLL), now that all cubes of the top layer are facing the right direction the following algorithms can be used to position the edges and corners correctly. Performing them backwards rotates the cubes the other way around:
- Solved! For more information on how about solving the rubik’s cube, other methods, getting faster, tutorials, mathematics etc. check out the following pages:
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- Recognize patterns. Going slower makes you faster, because in the beginning this takes time but once you got them this skill makes you faster.
- Plan ahead. Just like you decide which move to make in chess by looking ahead for the best outcome, with cubing you are looking ahead for the least amount of moves to get you to a solved cube. For example whilst deciding on the moves of the cross choose the moves that help you set up for an easy f2l solve.
- Memorize color locations. Since the center cubes are fixed it also helps to memorize their locations at any given orientation so that you won’t have to turn the cube (= time consuming) while solving.
- Be flexible. This is just one method to solve the cube, check out others which can be completely different or combinations of different techniques. Knowing different techniques enables you to switch to the fastest method/strategy during solving.
- Practice practice practice!