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2x2x2 First Layer

REMEMBER: Before starting any algorithm, make sure that the front (dark grey) face is facing you and the top layer is on the top.

This solution is not the best and quickest method but it guarantees the solution and each algorithm works and replaces any disturbed corners that were in place.

The first thing we need to achieve is completing a layer.


Choose any corner for the purpose of this exercise we will choose the red, white and blue corner and be solving the top or white face.

If you have a standard cube then the other corners are;

  • white, blue and orange
  • white, green and orange
  • white, red and green

Search the bottom layer for a corner with a white face on a side face of the cube.  Rotate the bottom layer so that the corner is below the position that it belongs.

In this example;

  • the white, blue and orange corner is placed diagonally opposite the blue face
  • the white, green and orange corner is placed diagonally opposite the position under
  • the white, red and green corner would be placed diagonally opposite the red face

Once in position with the white face to the front perform the appropriate algorithm.

Algorithm 1 Algorithm 2
 Front face dark grey.    Front face dark grey.
 
F' D' F
Front face
Anti-clock
Down face
Anti-clock
Front face
Clockwise
 
F D F'
Front face
Clockwise
Down face
Clockwise
Front face
Anti-clock

There are four other possible positions shown below.  Before performing Algorithm 3 you may need to rotate the down face so that the corner is under a top corner that does not have a solved in place corner.  Follow the appropriate algorithm to place the corner on the bottom layer with the white face on a side face of the cube.  Then place the corner under the position it belongs and perform either, algorithm 1 or 2 above to put the corner in place.

Algorithm 3   Algorithm 4   Algorithm 5   Algorithm 6
 Front face dark grey.    Front face dark grey.    Front face dark grey.    Front face dark grey.
     
R' D R
Right face
Anti-clock
Down face
Clockwise
Right face
Clockwise
 
R' D' R
Right face
Anti-clock
Down face
Anti-clock
Right face
Clockwise
 
R' D' R
Right face
Anti-clock
Down face
Anti-clock
Right face
Clockwise
 
L D L'
Left face
Clockwise
Down face
Clockwise
Left face
Anti-clock

Now follow the instructions on this page to correctly place all of the first layer corners.

When you have all four corners in their correct positions you are ready to solve the 2x2x2 Final Layer.

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