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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However, the second algorithm is much faster to perform, as it is essentially the same few moves performed three times. Just like with the happy red-green pieces before, sometimes you will come to an F2L situation that you’ve solved many times, but solve it v2l a different way because you want to set up the next F2L pair for easy solving. This database is part of the speedsolving.

The moves are based solely on intuition, so algorithms are not required. But tutogial you’re not a beginner any more, you can be a little clever if you find yourself presented with this:.

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. 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 f22l quickly at the start of your solve. If you are already a member, simply login to hide this message rutorial begin participating in the community!


Both have the same effect, but tutorizl double layer turn is quicker. If you spot an error, please contact me. Move on to the next sections, but keep starting with the cross on the bottom.

Case 5 Corner on Top, Edge in Middle. The algorithm page has each OLL algorithm ordered by the shape they resemble, so you can find which situation you need easily.

You tutotial know the basic ideas of F2L. The first 1x1x2 block can either be built with a D-face edge or a mid-slice edge. Go on, I’ll wait right here. This guide takes you through every step of the CFOP speedcubing method.

– CFOP – First 2 Layers (F2L)

I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this introduction to speedcubing, a hobby that I and many others enjoy very much. Because no rotations are used, it is not possible to check these pieces directly – this creates a challenge for lookahead. However, there is such a list on the algorithms pagewhere you can see each F2L case and how to solve it.

They are for after you get the basics down so don’t read these until after you do.

Speedcubing Guide

At this stage, a lot of people still find it quite difficult to intuitively manipulate the cube. If you need tutoriql swap opposite edges, you can use this algorithm:. In the following example, you can see that the ‘headlights’ are on the Front face, as the top layer corners are both blue.

F2L can be a little difficult to get your head around. You will also have noticed that the first two brackets are tuutorial in red.

Speedcubing Guide | SolveTheCube

Gregoryc Member Aug 16, Being able to identify it easily will make algorithms tutotial use it easier to learn, so whenever it is used in this guide it will be highlighted in red.


If it is the R colour you can solve the pair using only RU and if it tutoial the F colour you can turn the cube y’ and sovle the pair to the back slot using only RU. The second option is this algorithm:.

Even if you understand the basic ideas above, it isn’t always obvious how best to proceed. The core blockbuilding techniques introduced above are the minimum requirement for completing F2L intuitively. So instead of producing the cross by finding each white edge piece and solving them one by one, what you actually want to be doing is solving each piece at the same time in an efficient way.

But now you’re hooked. After solving the cross, a corner-edge pair is paired up form pairand then inserted into the correct slot pair insertion. There are, however, a few situations you might find yourself in where this procedure is not quite so obvious.

Fridrich (CFOP) Method

tutprial Both Top Type 2 Case 4: Your natural instinct may be to use your right hand, which produces the first algorithm. This advice applies to all of steps in this guide, but it is most important during F2L and step 1, the cross.

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.