The name CFOP comes from the steps involved (Cross, F2L, OLL, PLL), and you may also see it referred to as the Fridrich method (after Jessica Fridrich, who. CFOP (Cross, F2L, OLL, PLL, pronounced C-F-O-P or C-fop) is a It is also known as the Fridrich Method after its popularizer, Jessica Fridrich. The CFOP Method (Cross – F2L – OLL – PLL), sometimes known as the Fridrich method, is one of the most commonly used methods in speedsolving a 3×3×3.

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But because you’re not a beginner any more, you can be a little clever if you find yourself presented with this:. This completes the cube, which you probably know looks like this:.

Czech speedcuber Jessica Fridrich is generally credited for popularizing it by publishing it online in Instead, it is much better to perform the algorithms slightly more slowly in one continuous stream. Easy to recognize after placing the oriented corner at the back.

This section does not cite any sources. They don’t look scary at all, and there’s even some triggers in there that you’ve already seen! There are five such cases that you should learn the algorithmic solution for, and they’re all in this nice little table:.

At this stage, a lot of people still find it quite difficult to intuitively manipulate the cube. Indeed, the whole cross is assembled on the bottom layer instead of the top.

The completion of this step leaves one with just the last layer, typically placed on top. Archived from the original on 26 September At this pace, you remove the temptation to focus only on the pieces that you are currently applying an algorithm to, and you can easily be looking at the rest of fridrixh cube to find the next F2L pair. Well go ahead, but don’t blame me when you’re trying to make friends with other speedcubers and you have to listen to “Wait, do you mean COLL as in orienting and permuting last layer corners while preserving edge orientation, or just orienting the corners and preserving edge orientation but ignoring all last layer permutation?


Learning and practising this method can take you all the way to the top of the game – it is used by a lot of the top speedcubers to set world records, including the current staggeringly low time of 4. No sticker blocks unlike Alternatively, you can do a corner swap algorithm: Very fast and flowing algorithm. Lll on to the next sections, but keep starting with the cross on the bottom.

P shape is upside-down on the right. The idea of F2L is to pair each of the four bottom layer corners with the corresponding edge piece and then insert them into the correct place.

To do this, search around your top layer for a pair of any-colored headlights and face those away from you on the back face and do the algorithm: To this end, the vast majority of the algorithms on this page are comprised of many Rs and Us, as they are easy to perform sorry lefties.

2-Look OLLs & PLLs

As you practise incorporating the techniques on this page into your solves, firdrich will learn to recognise the various other OLL and PLL situations, which will help immensely in their memorisation. 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. Then, once fridfich 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.


Watch my super fast 7. All of that being said, I can give you some situations to hopefully make the process easier. First, you can just use the above algorithm anyway, which will make some headlights for you to solve as above. This can’t be solved as simply, but the idea is exactly the same. This step was proposed pll Hans Dockhorn and Anneke Treep. You will have to rely on them in practically every solve until you learn every other Ol, and PLL algorithm, which will take you some time and effort.

This will be awkward the first few times you attempt it, but it is certainly worth practising. I actually use [r’ R] instead of M. When positioned correctly stickers block is on the front face.

CFOP Method – Wikipedia

You aren’t satisfied with people standing around for 2 minutes while you solve it because that guy o,l the office didn’t believe you. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Try to also remember that you probably have two hands. The corner pieces should then be permuted correctly in relation to each other – but you might need to turn the top layer so that they are back in the right places.

While this is also an excellent life tip, some situations are just better handled on a specific side of the cube.