Being able to solve the Rubik’s cube is a great accomplishment. I can still recall the joy I felt when I was able to solve the cube for the first time. But, can you guess the feeling I had when I first tried to solve the cube? If you’re a beginner, then you probably relate.
The first time I saw a Rubik’s cube was at a friend’s place. I saw this fancy cube-like toy with separate cubelets (smaller cubes) that could turn in different directions yet remain held together.
At first, I thought it was just a toy or a kind of building block for kids. When my friend saw me rotating it, he challenged me to try and match up the colors, so each color appears on one face only.
“I can do that in a second – just wait and see,” I replied. One second passed, two, ten, a minute, 10 minutes, an hour – I still hadn’t managed to solve it. Finally, I just placed it back on the table and told him that I couldn’t do it. Surprisingly, he too couldn’t do it.
I purchased a 3X3 Rubik’s cube after a few days and for the next couple of weeks, I spent most of my free time trying to solve it. When I realized how really hard it was to do that, I resorted to doing research on the internet.
To cut the long story short, I learned everything to do with the cube – it’s history, mechanics, and solution methods.
I have since advanced in matters of speed and I can actually solve it in a matter of seconds. But, I’m not here to tell you about my accomplishments. I am here to tell you about a secret that I have discovered – solving the Rubik’s cube in two easy moves.
Okay, maybe you can’t use this technique for competitions, but of course, you can show off to your friends and colleagues. Also, if you’re still learning to solve the cube, this technique will offer you a great encouragement by showing you that you can actually do it.
That way, you won’t give up thinking that learning to solve it is a complicated process.
Actually, there are 2 methods through which you can solve the Rubik’s cube in two moves:
Method I: Left-Up
Hold the solved cube in any orientation (it doesn’t matter what color is facing you). Turn the upper layer of the cube anti-clockwise (toward the left side) by 90°. Then, spin the right layer upward toward you. Repeating the moves several times will mix up the cube.
Now, continue doing the same two moves (left-up) consistently. If you continue these movements without missing a step, you will be able to solve your scrambled cube in 2 moves.
Have you tried it? How easy was that? Let’s move onto the next method, shall we?
Method II: Scramble-Arrange
This method requires you to understand a few concepts regarding a solved Rubik’s cube’s colors:
The first move you want to make is that of crumbling the cube (taking the pieces apart). To do that, just turn the upper face of the cube by 45°. Then, pry one of the upper edge pieces with your thumb (or a screw driver if your thumb isn’t strong enough). Once you do that, the corners will crumble and the other pieces will fall out.
The second move is that of reassembling the cube. To do that, start off with the white edge pieces; put them together and make sure that the color adjacent to them matches up.
Set the white corners in adjacent to them. Don’t forget to ensure that the surrounding colors match up.
Place the edges around the equatorial layer of the cube.
For the last third layer, put in the remaining pieces, apart from one edge. Keep in mind that edge pieces get into place more easily when the layer is rotated by 45°.
Rotate the third layer by 45° and force one side beneath the center piece. Now, push downward and inward toward the cube’s center.
Congratulations, you have a solved cube!
How easy was that? As you perform these moves to solve the Rubik’s cube easily, don’t forget to continue learning how to solve the cube legitimately. You will find lots of articles on this blog on how to do that, and the good news is, they’re very beginner-friendly.
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