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How to solve a rubik's cube

By Austin Cao

Introduction

You want to get faster? Let me help you.

Austin Cao — Looking for answers. How about you?

Added by Austin Cao: “First, you have to be able to solve the cube. This is Dan Brown's famous tutorial that countless nerdy kids (including me) first watched in awe and inspiration. His method is dubbed the beginner's method- with just a handful of algorithms to memorize (all included in the video descriptions), you can learn to solve the cube easily. Once you can make those colors match up, I guarantee you will feel a strange urge to do it again- except faster.

1 how to solve a rubik's cube

Added by Austin Cao: “The biggest obstacle to solving the rubik's cube faster is simply how fast your cube turns. With a standard rubik's cube, you may notice that it gives you a ton a resistance, and often you are forced to turn the cube with your entire hand. You have two options: 1) Lube your cube. The video demonstrates how to do it with silicon spray- you're guaranteed to feel the difference afterwards. 2) Buy a faster cube. I won't post any links, but speed cubes can be found all over the internet (eBay and Amazon). I'll throw in my recommendation for the Dayan Guhong cube.

2 making your rubik's cube faster

video How to Lube your Rubik's Cube in 30 Seconds! This video teaches you how to lube your cube in 30 seconds. All you need is a Rubik's Cube, CRC Heavy Duty Silicone Spray, somekind of tool to pry off the cube piece and your hands. Many thanks to Daniel Vadasz (GimpAddict) for his wonderful editing. I hope you enjoy!

Added by Austin Cao: “A physically faster cube opens up new opportunities that you can exploit. For example instead of turning the cube with your entire hand, you can now use a single finger. You can now execute consecutive turns with zero delay time in between. You can now hold cube in a certain position and never have to physically rotate the cube just to turn a side. Watch the video for more. Remember, finger dexterity can only be improved through practice.

3 speeding up your fingers

Added by Austin Cao: “Alright, so you've go the basic down; however, physical speed can only help you so much. The next step is to look at the method through which you solve the cube. The Beginner's Method, which you just learned, is excellent for showing you how the cube works and giving you an easy template for solving it. The Beginner's Method was NOT created for speed. Below is a video playlist showing the Intermediate Method, a simplified version of the famous Fridrich method that all of the pros use. While the Fridrich method requires you to remember hundreds of algorithms (yikes!), the Intermediate Method can get you faster with only a few more memorizations.

4 learning the intermediate method

Added by Austin Cao: “Make sure you have watched the previous playlist multiple times, and that you fully understand the process. Just to jog your memory, the intermediate method will look like this: solve the cross, insert the edge pairs, orient the top edge pieces, orient the top corner pieces, permute the top edges, and permute the top corners. The new method can take a long time to adjust to. Below is a link to a document that can assist you in the early days of memorizing those algorithms. (click on the scribd link because the gibbon preview destroys the formatting)

5 memorizing the intermediate method

You're a decent cuber, sub-minute record. You heard about Fridrich's method, but was intimidated by the 80-some algorithms. That was me. This is the famous intermediate version of Jessica Fridrich's even more famous method for solving the Rubik's Cube. The fastest cubers in the world use it.

Added by Austin Cao: “Alright, after you've mastered the Intermediate method, you should be solving that sucker in somewhere between 20-50 seconds. At this point, you've got all of the skills necessary to continue knocking off seconds. I'll leave you with a link to the ultimate resource for speedcubers. There, you can find more detailed explanations and tips for what I mentioned in this tutorial. Also, there's a guide to learning the Fridrich method, which the Intermediate method has set you up perfectly for. Good luck old sport!

6 getting even faster

I've published many videos on the Rubik's cube. Here is my attempt to order them at least approximately based on when you should watch them, and some helpful links. The beginnners method First, watch the beginner's method video. - Here is a link to the Printable Page for my beginner's method. - Here is a link to the iPhone app

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