Learn the fundamentals of cube algorithms and how to execute them intuitively. These techniques will help you solve the Rubik’s Cube quicker and more efficiently.
To begin with, it’s important to understand the basic color pairings. All pieces should be moved based on these pairings.
1. White Cross
The White Cross is one of the first algorithms that you’ll learn, and it is a great way to organize your side colors. By the time you finish this step, you’ll have three cubes of the same color in the top layer and one cube in the middle layer on each of the left, right, and back faces.
The algorithm is relatively easy, and there are only a few set moves that you need to know. Once you’re comfortable with these, you can start learning faster speedsolving methods.
The first method, known as the CFOP Method (Cross, F2L, OLL, PLL), is one of the fastest ways to solve a Rubik’s Cube. It consists of four steps:
2. Fill in the White Corners
If you are familiar with Rubik’s cube algorithms, you will know that there are many ways to solve a cube. These ways are called sub-problems.
The goal of a sub-problem is to find a solution to the entire cube by applying one move. Often, you will find that a cube requires only one move, but in other cases you may need two moves or more.
In this case, the algorithm will be able to help you solve the entire cube.
To start, you need to find a piece that is already in the right spot (its three sides match the surrounding colors on the cube’s edge). Next, apply the following algorithm to cycle all the corner pieces around. You’ll likely need to do this a few times, but it will get easier over time.
3. Red Cross
The Red Cross is a common method used to solve Rubik’s Cubes. It has a similar function to the White Cross, but is done on one face of the cube first instead of two.
For this step, you need to rotate your cube so that a corner piece on the ULF and DRB faces is placed in their correct positions. If you don’t have any corners that are in the right place, this can be a little tricky.
There are lots of algorithms that you can use to switch the corner pieces on your cube. You can try out different ones to see what works best for you and your style of solving.
4. Green Cross
During the beginner’s phase of Rubik’s cube algorithms, you will be learning to form a cross on the top face. This step can be a bit tricky because there are many possible permutations of the cube, but once you get it right, it will only take eight moves to solve.
If you are having trouble forming the cross, try starting from another face of the cube. This can save you a few seconds.
After forming the cross, you will now need to put all of the yellow edge pieces into position. This can be a little tricky, but with practice and practice you will learn how to do this without actually moving the edges.
5. Yellow Cross
From Beginner to Expert: Learning Rubik’s Cube Algorithms
The Yellow Cross is used in many different cube algorithms and can be a good starting point to learn how the cube works. It’s also a great way to see how different pieces are moved around and can lead to shortcuts when manipulating the cube.
When you first start out with a new algorithm it may seem like a lot of moving around, but eventually it will become easier and faster to do. This is because you’ll begin to recognize the logical moves that are necessary and will be able to string them together quickly.
When solving the cube it’s important to remember that all of your moves are part of an algorithm that is a series of 1/4 rotations. This means that you’ll need to move your pieces from left to right and then back again to complete the cube.