The story here is that I never watched a video for intuitive F2L because they were all too long. I find that I learn better from videos, but I’m also. F2L (First 2 Layers) is a way of continuing after solving the cross. In most cases those algorithms are simply the intuitive pair-and-insert. The name CFOP comes from the steps involved (Cross, F2L, OLL, PLL), and you . Rather than relying on a big table of algorithms, F2L is best done intuitively.

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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 f2, construct each of the four F2L pairs without disturbing any previously solved ones. The second option is this algorithm:.

Fridrich (CFOP) Method

Full CFOP takes some dedication. As above, you might now need to turn the top layer to tutofial the corner pieces.

But the second algorithm is considerably quicker to perform, as you don’t have to adjust your hand position at all. This database is part of the speedsolving. R U’ R’ U2.

Don’t start by learning those algorithms. If you clicked the link to the algorithm page before, you’ll have seen hutorial the list is indeed quite long.

The way it works is to split up the steps into two smaller steps each. Maybe you’re even getting pretty good, and can consistently do it in under 2 minutes.

However, there are no cube rotations, and only L, R and U moves are used. This step is called CPLLas it aims to permute the corners – that is, move them to their correct positions like this:. However, if one of the slices is already complete there is much less room to manipulate the completed blocks without breaking them up.


World Cube Association Regulation A3a1 states that a competitor has up to 15 seconds of inspection time before attempting a solve, and you would want to be spending this time mentally formulating a complete solution to the cross which you could then execute very quickly at the start of your solve. Well here is where your journey begins. Move on to the next sections, but keep starting with the cross on the bottom.

And I’m sure that as my F2l improves my times will drop quite a bit as I’m now spending about half my solve tutkrial 30 seconds plus just on the cross and F2L.

This advice applies to all of steps in this guide, but it is most important during F2L and step 1, the cross. Most F2L cases consist of two parts. 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: If tuttorial is the R colour you can solve the pair using only RU and if it is the F colour you can turn the cube y’ and sovle the pair to the back slot using only RU.

When my sister wanted to learn f2l I just sent her this video. 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. Forums New posts Search forums.


The idea of F2L is to pair each of the four bottom layer corners with the corresponding edge piece and then insert them into the correct place. They are applicable to all F2L slots when reflected accordingly. You now know the basic ideas of F2L. Fortunately, there is a huge algorithm database for your perusal, where you can find the perfect algorithms for you. Or you can check the advanced F2L section.

This doesn’t disturb any of the other F2L spaces, but you can see that the red-green pieces are looking rather unsolved and unhappy.

F2L | CubeSkills

Even if you understand the basic ideas above, it isn’t always obvious how best to proceed. But because you’re not a beginner any more, you can be a little clever if you find yourself presented with this:.

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 will be hidden from view. Tuutorial second algorithm looks the picture of perfection – short and repetitive. Try practising going from a scrambled cube to completed F2L very slowly, and making sure you have a continuous steady flow.

Turning the whole cube in your hands is a slow waste of time. Sometimes a situation arises where multiple 1x1x2 blocks appear in the U-layer.