What's CFOP?

What's CFOP?
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The CFOP method, also known as the Fridrich method, is a popular method for solving Rubik's Cubes and other twisty puzzles. It is considered to be one of the fastest methods for solving a Rubik's Cube, and is used by many speedcubers to achieve impressive speeds.

The CFOP method is named after its four steps: Cross, F2L (First Two Layers), OLL (Orientation of the Last Layer), and PLL (Permutation of the Last Layer).

The first step, Cross, involves solving the edge pieces to create a cross on the top of the Rubik's Cube. This step is relatively straightforward and can be done intuitively.

The second step, F2L, involves solving the corner and edge pieces to complete the first two layers of the Rubik's Cube. This step can be more challenging, but there are many algorithms (pre-determined sequences of moves) that can be used to solve the pieces efficiently.

The third step, OLL, involves orienting the last layer of the Rubik's Cube. This step involves performing a series of algorithms to rotate the last layer pieces so that they are in the correct orientation.

The final step, PLL, involves permuting (rearranging) the last layer pieces to complete the Rubik's Cube. Like OLL, this step involves using algorithms to solve the last layer efficiently.

Once you understand the steps of the CFOP method and have memorized the necessary algorithms, you can use this method to solve a Rubik's Cube quickly and efficiently. Many speedcubers use the CFOP method as the foundation of their solving strategy, and it can be a powerful tool for achieving fast solve times.

In summary, the CFOP method is a popular method for solving Rubik's Cubes and other twisty puzzles. It involves four steps: Cross, F2L, OLL, and PLL. By learning and practicing this method, you can improve your speedcubing skills and achieve faster solve times.

Farhanul Haque Khan

Farhanul Haque Khan

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