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Started to Cube [Apr. 2nd, 2008|04:07 pm]
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I started doing the rubik's cube a few months ago, and i just memorized the layer-by-layer algs.

Now I want to become faster at it, does any one have any suggestions? 

[User Picture]From: nytelyte
2008-04-05 06:40 pm (UTC)
There are 4 common speedcubing methods out there, although more do exist. They are on a sliding scale. Some rely on algorithm memorization, some rely on intuition.

The 4 most common are:

Fridrich. Almost entirely algorithmic. It combines solving layers 1 and 2 into a single step, and then uses a chart to figure out which two algorithms are needed for the final layer.

Petrus. Starts with a 1x2x2 square, expands to 2x2x2, then 2x2x3, then 2x3x3, and uses a chart of algs to finish last layer. More intuitive while block building, but still crunches algs quite a bit.

Roux. My method of choice. Build a 1x2x3 block on each side, place the final 4 corners, insert the two edges on each side, then solve the center. Very intuitive. Only algs needed are for final 4 corners.

Heise. Almost entirely intuitive. Buld 4 blocks at a 1x2x2 size and shuffle them around to solved state, and then move final corners around until solved.

Hope that helps!
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