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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Here’s a simple example:.

– CFOP – First 2 Layers (F2L)

Otherwise, they will only confuse you! Case 1 Basic Cases.

This leaves the slot receiving the adjoining 1x1x2 in an ‘open’ position. In most cases those algorithms are simply the intuitive pair-and-insert procedure optimized with moves such as x, y, d, etc.

F2L – The First Two Layers

The red-blue F2L pair is used in all of these diagrams so the sticker that is hidden would be either red or blue, depending on which sticker is shown. However, the second algorithm is much faster to c2l, as it is essentially the same few moves performed three times.

Then, once you know those few algorithms, you can begin to learn the rest of the last layer algorithms while always being able to fall back on the ones you know. The corner piece is paired with the edge piece, and the pair is inserted into the right place. Of course, when you’re just sat at home on a lazy Sunday idling the afternoon away with a Rubik’s Cube you likely won’t be paying much attention to official WCA competition rules, but it does give you something to aim for.


When done at full speed, F2L can be completed in less than 10 seconds!

Speedcubing Guide

The important part of F2L is being able to solve each of the pairs without affecting any of the other previously solved pairs. Because there is freedom to fully rotate the R and U faces without breaking anything up, these initial 1x1x2 blocks are very easy to make. For example, if the edge only shows a blue sticker, the unseen sticker would be red. If you clicked the link to the algorithm page before, you’ll have seen that the list is indeed quite long.

Twisty Puzzles Online Stores International. The first algorithm either requires you to shift your hand position to twist the F face or start using some peculiar thumb movements.

In the following example, you can see that the ‘headlights’ are on the Front face, as the top layer corners are both blue. About Me My Records. In this situation, the first algorithm uses the empty space between the red and blue faces to move the red-blue edge piece so it can be easily paired and inserted. At this stage, a lot of people still find it quite difficult to intuitively manipulate the cube.

Here’s a similar example:. I have found that the next step F2L is a huge help for people to understand how to move cubies to where they want them, a skill that they can later use when returning to the cross. Top of the page.


I have gone through each of these situations and chosen algorithms that I think are easy tutoriial both perform and learn, but you may feel differently. You must log in or register to reply here.

This video is great because it has given me a method to follow for each case. Now that you know the beginner method, you can begin to introduce the concepts in this guide into your solves.

This will be awkward the first few times you attempt it, but it is certainly worth practising. Gregoryc Member Aug 16, This will correctly permute one of the edges, allowing you to solve the rest with one more use of the above algorithms. F2L can be a little difficult to get your head around.

This step is called CPLLas it aims to permute the corners – that is, move them to their correct positions like this:. First, you can just use the above algorithm anyway, which will make some headlights for you to solve as above. This advice applies to all of steps in this guide, but it is most important during F2L and step 1, the cross.