First Two Layers, or F2L are normally the first two bottom layers of the 3x3x3 Youtube: How to get faster at the 3×3 Rubik’s cube – F2L – by Feliks Zemdegs. We have to learn two algorithms which are symmetric to each other. We call them Left and Right algorithms. Learn how to solve the Rubik’s Cube with this simple and easy to follow F2L ( First 2 Layers) is a way of continuing after solving the cross.

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This will correctly permute one of g2l edges, allowing you to solve the rest ribik one more use of the above algorithms. Instead, the pieces that do get affected 2fl ones you don’t care about, as they were occupying the space that you want to put the red-blue pair into.

F2k you had no correct edges in your last layer, you can just use one of the above algorithms anyway, like with the corners in the previous step. Another way to solve the ‘F2L’ is by building blocks, common during the first two layers of the Petrus method.

This guide takes you through every step of the CFOP speedcubing method. Both Top Type 1 Case 3: Even if you understand the basic ideas above, it isn’t always obvious how best to proceed. Next, turn the edgepiece into that position and turn the edgepiece back down. When you have this pair whether it was by pairing up or notlook at the colour on top. To make things clear, I’ll first tell you what you eventually want to have.

Try practising going from a scrambled cube to completed F2L very slowly, and making sure you have a continuous steady flow. Instead, really try and solve each case intuitively.

Here’s a simple example:. 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.


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. Note that only the first method there will work. It simply solves each piece relative to each otherand then places them in one go.

For example, here are two ways of pairing the corner and edge pieces:. Now, there are two possible situations. This database is part of the speedsolving. First Two Layersor F2L are normally the first two bottom layers of the 3x3x3 cubeor essentially all layers up until the last layer on larger cubes.

And, of course, you want to have two different colours on top.

Look at the top colour of the edgepiece, and get the edgepiece above the corresponding centerpiece, as shown in the ribik. The important part of F2L is being able to solve each of the pairs without affecting any of the other previously solved pairs. Go on, I’ll wait right here. F2L First 2 Layers is a way of continuing after solving the cross.

Page last modified on Jan 18, 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.

Fridrich (CFOP) Method

There are, however, a few situations you might find yourself in where this procedure is not quite so obvious. PLL gets the same treatment, as we’ll be permuting the corners first and then the edges.

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In most cases those algorithms are simply the intuitive pair-and-insert procedure optimized with moves such as x, y, d, etc. Through practice, your lookahead will improve to a point where you can perform every algorithm very quickly, but without losing the ability to know what you’re doing next. In these cases, it is assumed that the corner and edge are either in their respective locations or in the top layer. Case 4 Corner on Bottom, Edge on Top.


Being able to recognise it and perform it without thinking will make the task of learning lots of algorithms much, much easier. You turn F, to hide the edgepiece.

First Two Layers (F2L) of Fridrich Speedcubing Method – Wiki

One piece in the top layer; Both pieces not in the top layer. In this case, it doesn’t matter which one you hide, but it the previous case, it did matter. Now that you know the beginner method, you can begin to introduce the concepts in this guide into your solves.

If doing the cross on the bottom takes much longer than when doing it on the top, don’t be disheartened! I’ve really tried my best to explain the basic things of F2L. Full CFOP takes some dedication. These miscellaneous techniques can help you improve your speed in the step. Here’s a similar example:.

– CFOP – First 2 Layers (F2L)

Don’t worry if you struggle! If you’ve just arrived at this website looking to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube and thought to yourself “Beginner my left foot, I’m starting with the speed cubing guide, that sounds fast”, then I warn you now: As you practise incorporating the techniques on this page into your solves, you will learn to recognise the various other OLL and PLL situations, which will help immensely in their memorisation.

FL Corners Step 3: It is difficult to teach intuition, but through practice it should eventually just ‘click’ in your head. You can also have the cornerpiece solved, and the edgepiece not solved.