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I'm going to present you one of the simplest Rubik's Cube solving method.
I would say that it is ideal for a beginner. You can hope, with a lot of training, to solve the Rubik's cube in 1 min or slightly less.
When I started solving the Rubik's Cube, I found Cyril Castella's page (in French). There's a simple method on which my method is based. But I made several modifications and optimisations, so I decided to publish my version.
I use the following method but with some other modifications that I don't mention here and that allows me to average about 40s.

It is a layer by layer method.


 NOTATIONS

I use the standard notation in the world of cubists.
The movements are clockwise quarter turns.

Here are the basic movements :
Clockwise Quarter Turns
R = Right face clockwise
L = Left face clockwise
F = Front face clockwise
B = Back face clockwise
U = Up (top) face clockwise
D = Down (bottom) face clockwise

The counter-clockwise turns are marked with a ' :  R' , L' , F' , B' , U' , D'

Double turns are marked with a :
Example : you don't write RR but R


Illustration of the basic movements:


R

L

F

B

U

D

Remark : if the animations above don't work on your computer, try to download this update. It can be the case with Windows XP users because java system isn't installed by default. The problem can be solved with the above link or by installing XP's Service Pack.

The applet above, used to illustrate the method has been developed by Josef Jelinek (see his page) who inspired himself of Karl Hörnell's and Lars Petrus' applets.


 BEFORE STARTING

VERY IMPORTANT:
You have to know that if you dismantled your cube and that you reassemble it randomly, you have 11 chances on 12 of not being able to solve it. Indeed there are some configurations that you can only have when you dismantle your cube. For example, if you turn a corner-cube on itself, you can no longer solve the Rubik's Cube.
If it is your case, simply dismantle your Rubik's Cube (see FAQ section) and reassemble it placing the colors in the right order, and scramble it after.

You must allow half an hour for your first cube.

Concerning the terms I use (corner-cubes, central pieces, ...) refer to the glossary.

Let's start. We start at the beginning: 1st layer


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