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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Even though you can already solve this case using the beginner way, I would take the time to practise and learn this algorithm now. The following tips are suggested for good ZZF2L lookahead:. The first approach involves taking each edge piece, putting it above where it needs to go, and turning the appropriate face twice to place the piece on the bottom layer.

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It does take time to get used to, and it doesn’t really matter how long you take when you’re practising. This will be awkward the first few times you attempt it, but it is certainly worth practising. You now know the basic ideas of F2L. 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.

This idea does not mean that the previous advice of how to perform the algorithms is redundant.


It’s recommended that intuitive blockbuilding is fully understood before moving onto the F2L algorithms below. You will also have noticed that the first two brackets are written in red.

Speedcubing Guide

You needn’t go through the steps in order – you can learn and practise each bit independently, falling back on the beginner method as and when you need it.

In order to reduce this step into bite-sized chunks which can be recognised and executed quickly, the step is split into four parts:. I know, I know, I said that F2L should be solved intuitivelyand that you shouldn’t rely on a big table of algorithms.

Although the idea of slowing down in order to speed up may be counter-intuitive, a useful exercise is to practise F2L at an exaggeratedly slow speed. If you are already a member, simply login to hide this message and begin participating in the community! The corner piece is paired with the edge piece, and the pair is inserted into the right place.

This completes the cube, which you probably know looks like this:. Members Current visitors New profile posts Search profile posts. You might think that this sounds quite challenging, and you’d be right. 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. 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.

Learning and practising this method can take you all the way to the top of the game – it is used by a lot of the top speedcubers to set world records, including the current staggeringly low time of 4.


F2L – The First Two Layers

They don’t look scary at all, and there’s even some triggers in there that you’ve already seen! Now that you know the beginner method, you can begin to introduce the concepts in this guide into your solves.

This can’t be solved as tutirial, but the idea is exactly the same. I shall now try to explain some further concepts that you can use to improve your F2L. Rather than relying on a big table of algorithms, F2L is best done intuitively. The only pairs that needs both R and F turns are the six ones with the edge unoriented in the slot, if the edge is oriented in the slot both ways works.

If you only have one, then which algorithm you use depends on the direction that the other edges need to tutroial cycled.

Cross cube state Next state: Another way to solve the ‘F2L’ is by building blocks, common during the first two layers of the Petrus method. Don’t start by learning those algorithms. You have two options here. You simply repeat these steps for each of the four corners, and solve each F2L pair in turn. It can be done in one of two ways, depending on whether the block is being connected with a D-layer or mid-slice edge.

Full CFOP takes some dedication. Wasting time is bad. As you might well imagine, this means that full CFOP has a lot of algorithms in it – one for every situation you might encounter.