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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For example, if the edge only shows a blue sticker, the unseen sticker would be red. The way it works is to split up the steps into two smaller steps each. One – the pairing of the corner and edge aka “F2L pair” – and two – the insertion of the F2L yutorial. Page actions View View source History More.

You might think that this sounds quite challenging, and you’d be right.

These steps are solved using only one algorithm each. If you need to swap opposite edges, you can use this algorithm:. I have been getting really flustered with F2L. This can’t be solved as simply, but the idea is exactly the same. Once the first 1x1x2 block is built, it is connected with the third edge in the mid-slice.

For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. The core blockbuilding techniques introduced above are the minimum requirement for completing F2L intuitively.

F2L – The First Two Layers – ZZ Method Tutorial

Welcome to the Speedsolving. They also tend to use more double layer turns like d as opposed U y’. You will have to rely on them in practically every solve until you learn every other OLL and PLL algorithm, which will take you some time and effort.

I know, I know, I said that F2L should be solved intuitivelyand that you shouldn’t rely on a big table of algorithms. And I’m sure that as my F2l improves my times will drop quite a bit as I’m now spending about half my solve time 30 seconds plus just on the cross and F2L. There are five such cases that you should learn the algorithmic solution for, tuotrial they’re all in this nice little table:.


F2L Algorithms Page

R U’ R’ U2. I have found that the next step F2L is a huge help for people to understand how to move cubies tutoril where they want them, a skill that they can later use when returning to the cross. Forums New posts Search forums. The two cases are shown below:.

If you are already a member, simply login to hide this message and begin participating in the community! Building the block involves first building a 1x1x2 block with the corner and one edge piece.

Intuitive F2L Tutorial in 6 Minutes + Example

COLL and CLL both mean different things to other cubers, and sticking to convention makes things a lot easier for everyone involved.

Indeed, the whole cross is assembled on the bottom layer instead of the top. Home Old Updates Contact Me. The next step is to tutoroal the rest of the first two layers which is what F2L stands for at the same time, to get this:. Case 5 Corner on Top, Edge in Middle.

The second option is this algorithm:. Even if you understand the basic ideas above, it isn’t always obvious how best to proceed. The moves are based solely on intuition, so algorithms are not required.

Then, once you know those few algorithms, hutorial can begin to learn the rest of the last layer algorithms while always being able to fall back on the ones you know. Going slowly isn’t better – going ttorial is better, but you’ll get faster by going slower. Or you can check the advanced F2L section.

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. Instead, it is much better to perform the algorithms slightly more slowly in one continuous stream. If you perform each algorithm as quickly as humanly possible, you don’t leave yourself much time to analyse the cube and ttorial the next corner-edge pair you want to solve. In general the 1x2x2 block should always tutorisl before its connecting 1x1x2 block, otherwise more tutroial will tutoroal required later.


These miscellaneous techniques can help you improve your speed in the step. To do this, you need to look for ‘headlights’ – a face where both top layer corners are the same colour presumably named due to their resemblance to the headlights of a car.

It’s all very well and good being able to perform algorithms quickly, but perhaps the most important thing with F2L is to perform the algorithms continuously.

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I shall now try to explain some further concepts that you can use to improve your F2L. Thread starter Smiles Start date Jul 4, Why not see how well you can do with the timerand please do get in touch if you have anything you’d like to say, or leave a comment below!

Both have the same effect, but a double layer turn is quicker. Most F2L cases consist of two parts.

This completes the cube, which you probably know looks like this:. The algorithms solve these cases optimally unless stated otherwisewithout affecting edge orientation.

Using this algorithm is much faster, as it makes a cross in one go. It is difficult to teach intuition, but through practice it should eventually just ‘click’ in your head.

Just like with the happy red-green pieces before, sometimes you will come to an F2L situation that you’ve solved many times, but solve it in a different way because you want to set up the next F2L pair for easy solving. Start using the algorithms page to learn each of the PLL algorithms.

If it is the R colour you can solve the pair using only RU and if it is the F colour you can turn the cube y’ and sovle the pair to the back slot using only RU.