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Rubik’s Cube Notes

This page is a summary of my experience with Rubik’s cubes. It includes useful links for both the beginner’s and the CFOP methods, plus information about various cubes I’ve bought so far.


Rubik cubes

My Story

For almost all my adult life, I wanted to buy a Rubik’s cube, but for some strange reason I kept postponing this admittedly very easy buy.

Eventually, back in 2018, my partner gifted me one, but I didn’t use it at all for years.

Back in late 2020, and after a surgery that kept me at home recovering for 10 days, I had plenty of time to spend, I had, for the first time in my life, accepted that I was an internet and technology addict and I had to do something to help me stop using my smartphone all day.

To cut the long story short, this is why and when I started trying to solve the cube, using the first beginner’s method I found.

Almost a year later (Dec 2021), I can solve the 3x3 cube at approx 1min (my best time so far is 52.27sec - yes, I know I’m terribly slow!) with the beginner’s method (I don’t do the “daisy” step anymore). Being close to the 5th decade of my life, I know I’ll never become a speedcuber, but who cares!

Recently, I started my study on the CFOP method.


Cubes I’ve bought (alphabetically)

Buying yet another cube, is very tempting and usually it doesn’t cost much, but honestly it’s also completely useless. 1-2 cubes are more than enough for most of us out there.

My experience so far is that anyone interested in buying their first cube should:

  1. avoid buying the original Rubik’s cube
  2. spend max. 10 minutes reading/watching reviews online and buy a cheap and reliable cube they find interesting

Almost all cubes are more than OK for beginners!

This is the list of cubes I’ve bought so far, just to give you a starting point for your (hopefully quick) research:


Beginner’s Method (by Tyson Mao)

The method I used in order to solve the cube for the first time, was the one by Tyson Mao.

Below I will try to gather various relevant resources to help you get started:

After you watch the videos many times and you become familiar with the needed algorithms (and notations), you can download and print my personal cheat sheet for this method:


CFOP Method (by Jessica Fridrich)

Note that I’m still very new to this method and I will only share with you the resources I’ve found useful so far.

Cross

F2L

If you decide to use the given flowchart, I suggest you to print it so that you don’t have to use a screen in order to practice.

OLL


Useful (Generic) Resources


last updated: 2022-08-04