Speedcubing is a mind sport involving the solving of combination puzzles such as the 3x3x3 puzzle and the Rubik’s Cube. Those who engage in speedcubing are known as cubers or speedcubers. It is a very challenging activity and requires a great deal of concentration.
First two layers
In speedcubing, the first two layers are referred to as the blocks. The middle cubes are placed on them via the free middle edge. The first two layers take about ten to twelve seconds to solve. This method is not as difficult as it may seem and can be learned with practice.
The Roux method was invented by French speedcuber Gilles Roux. The first step is to form a 3x2x1 block on one side of the board. The second step is to form the same type of block on the other side. This method is also known as blockbuilding and uses the CMLL algorithm.
In the first two layers, the pieces must be oriented to complete the upper yellow layer. After solving the first two layers, the last layer must be permuted to complete the solution. This requires memorizing nine algorithms: the X & Y are whole cube rotations, while the lowercase u is a double layer turn.
The Roux method for speedcubing is a popular and effective way to solve a cube in a very short amount of time. The basic premise of this method is to solve a cross in the bottom layer, then solve the first two layers and permute the last layer. The last two layers are relatively simple – simply orient and permute each piece into the correct position. It is a simple technique, but requires time and effort to master.
Many people disagree with the Roux method because it requires M slices, which make it more difficult to obtain high TPS. While the M slice moves are nearly always flicks, it’s possible to increase TPS through training.
Four-look last layer
The Four-Look Last Layer is a speedcubing method that entails completing the last layer in four steps. It is an intermediate step between the beginner LBL method and the full Fridrich method. The 4-Look Last Layer is broken down into two-look OLL and PLL algorithms, and it requires a solid knowledge of 16 algorithms (excluding mirrors). Typically, a speedcube solver learns all 21 PLL cases first, and then works their way up to all 57 OLL cases.
In addition to the four-look last layer, other speedsolving methods require several steps. The F2L method involves solving a cross-shaped arrangement of edge pieces on the first layer, then moving them into their proper locations on the second layer. In the Four-Look Last Layer method, the first two layers are solved and the pieces in the last layer are permuted. This last layer method is a popular speedcubing method.
Yusheng Du’s recent speed cubing record is astounding. Previously, the world record had been held by Feliks Zemdegs, but Yusheng has now smashed it by almost a second. Moreover, he is still a relatively unknown cuber. In fact, he is only the 60th best in the world. His technique uses a CFOP method. His performance in the world speed cubing competition has been captured on surveillance video, which is available on the internet.
Speed cubing is the process of solving Rubik’s cube in the quickest time possible. People who can do this fast are known as speedcubers. Yusheng Du has the current record for solving the cube in the fastest time, beating Feliks Zemdegs’ previous record of 4.22 seconds.
World’s fastest cuber
Various methods are used to solve the cube, but the CFOP method is the most popular. It is a faster version of the Layer-By-Layer method, which many beginners start with. CFOP is a good starting point for cubing, but many fast speedcubers also use additional algorithms for solving the cube’s last slot and layer. These include Corners of Last Layer (COLL), which orients the corners when the edges are oriented, Winter Variation, and ZBLL (a combination of PLL and OLL).
Speedcubers train all year to perfect their skills and compete at the Rubik’s Cube World Championship. These competitions are organized by the World Cube Association and crown the world’s fastest cuber. Sponsored by Red Bull, the event is designed to promote a new, more creative approach to the sport.
Written by swsol