Getting Started: The Top Layer
Then, you have to start thinking about the cube 3-dimensionally. Every move you make on one side will affect the pieces on the other side.
Solving The Two-Sided White Pieces
In my example, twisting the center column straight up would put it in the correct position. However, I don't want to leave it there, because it pushes away other pieces of the top layer that I need to stay in place. But, it's still important to make sure the piece is lined up, and then follow these steps:
- Twist the whole bottom layer to the right one turn.
- Pull down the center column so that the incorrect piece in the blue/white space is pulled down one turn. Be careful to keep the other two columns (left and right) in their same place. This move now results in the center white piece moving to a different side than the top layer.
- Twist the whole bottom layer back to the left one turn.
- Push that same center column back up to its original place. The white piece is now aligned in the right spot, but hasn't messed up any of the other pieces on the top layer.
Two-Sided White Pieces On The Middle Layer
- So, in my example, I'm going to hold the cube so that I am facing the side with the blue piece in the center. Twist the top layer (white side) once counterclockwise so that the correct piece is no longer lined up. Make sure the blue center piece is still the side facing you directly - we will use that as our anchor as all these other pieces are moving around.
- Pull down the right side column of the cube one turn.
- Rotate the top layer one turn to the left.
- Making sure that the blue center piece is still facing you, rotate the front side (blue) one turn clockwise. This will bring the 2-sided white piece into place on the top layer.
Solving The Three-Sided White Corner Pieces
- Rotate the front side of the cube (which has two of the three blue/white pieces) clockwise one turn.
- Twist the bottom layer one turn to the left.
- Rotate the front side of the cube (which has two of the three blue/white pieces) counterclockwise one turn, so the white pieces are now back on the white side on top.
- Now, locate the final blue/white piece on the cube. If it was lined up correctly before this move, the white color should now be visible on the side of the cube (instead of on the bottom).
- Twist the bottom layer around until the piece is correctly lined up with it's place.
Now, there are two different ways this piece could be lined up. In the first way, it is lined up with the open side and can be solved by pushing the right side directly up one turn.
- Hold the cube so that the two blue/white pieces you have already solved are along the left or right side (not facing you straight on), and the missing corner piece is closest to you.
- Twist the bottom layer so that the correct piece (on the bottom layer) moves AWAY from the side from step one (which has the other two blue/white pieces). In my example, those colors are lined up on the left, so I'm going to twist my bottom layer once to the right.
- Pull down the left side column (with the two blue/white pieces lined up) on turn, so that they are now on the side facing you.
- Twist the bottom layer back to where it was before. In my case, I will move it back one turn to the left.
- Push the left column back up to it's spot on the top layer.
If you look back to the side, the blue/white pieces are now all lined up correctly!