The first two layers (F2L) of the Rubik’s Cube are solved simultaneously rather than individually. In the Orient last layer (OLL); Permute last layer PLL 4. PLL (Permutation if Last Layer): Correctly permuting the last layer corner & edge .. the F2L, know the Full PLL and 2 look OLL, and finally go for the full OLL too. So I’m really new to all these terms. Can someone explain to me what the acronyms PLL / OLL / and F2l mean? (And any others that exist).

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I would recommend that you keep using the 2-look algorithms until you feel confident with most of this speedcubing guide. Just like the beginner guide, the rest of the last layer isn’t an intuitive thing you can just work out if you can, you and your mega-brain should probably be working for NASA or something. Being able to recognise it and perform it without thinking will make the task of learning lots of algorithms much, much easier. This will correctly permute one of the edges, allowing you to solve the rest with one more use of the above algorithms.

Instead, really try and solve each case intuitively. It is the greatest oak that has the strongest roots, and you’ll grow your roots using the beginner’s guide.

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Speedcubing Guide

Remember when I said ‘wasting time is bad’? If you do RU2R’, you can turn this into case 3. If you are thinking “how the dickens is anyone supposed to do this in 4. I just got into cubing a month or so ago.


They also tend to use more double layer turns like d as opposed U y’. There are, of course, many more cases than this, but most can be solved with the strategies above or can be reduced to one of the above cases.

But more algs to memorize? There are five such cases that you should learn the algorithmic solution for, and they’re all in this nice little table:. I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed this introduction to speedcubing, a hobby that I and many others enjoy very much. Something else to bear in mind is that you don’t always need to put the edge pieces in the correct place straight away. But not exactly the fl2, as you’ll have noticed – the cube is upside down.

Turning the whole cube in your hands is a slow waste of time.

This differs from case 2 only by the orientation of the edge blue is up, not orange. This means that doing the cross on the bottom is difficult, plll they have come to rely on algorithms for situations that are suddenly upside-down.

There are, however, a pl, situations you might find yourself in where this procedure is not quite so obvious. Instead, it is much better to perform the algorithms slightly more slowly in one continuous stream.

The cases described below are designed to help you gain that intuition. Much like the Sexy Move highlighted in red before, the sequence R’ F R F’ is a trigger called the Sledgehammer, and you’ll spot it lurking about in other places and algorithms. You can also order the table by trigger, which I think is much more conducive to memorisation. You can do this in whatever order you choose but I have arranged them in what I think is a sensible order to learn them – I have grouped similar algorithms, and put what I think are the easier ones first.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The two sections of the algorithm show the two steps in the same procedure as before – the first bracketed section shows the pairing of the two cubies, and the second section shows the pair being inserted correctly.


This database is part of the speedsolving. If you can intuitively solve every F2L situation you come across then jolly well done, but there are a few cases where there is just a better, faster, much less obvious algorithm to solve it.

How to Speedsolve the Rubik’s Cube – CFOP Method Explained

Ppl this stage, a lot of people still find it quite difficult to intuitively manipulate the cube. The strategy here is to join a corner of the first layer with the edge that goes above it, oll insert that pair. There are lots of algorithms for doing this, but I like this one the best. This can’t be solved as simply, but the idea is exactly the same.

If you need to swap opposite edges, you can use this algorithm:.

How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube/CFOP

Now that you know the beginner method, you can begin to introduce the concepts in this guide into your solves. That’s why there’s a big scary table of algorithms lurking on the algorithms pagebut because we’re using our clever 2-look shortcut, you only need to know the following seven.

How to Solve the Rubik’s Cube. If you perform each algorithm as quickly as humanly possible, you don’t leave yourself much time to analyse the cube and isolate the next corner-edge pair you want to solve.