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Speed Cubing

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1. Step 1
2. Current Average: 1:30+ or don't know how to solve a Rubik's Cube
3. Goal Average: 1:00-1:19
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5. Learn how to solve the cube from here: Badmephisto's Youtube Video Tutorial He teaches you a simplified version of CFOP that will help you easily progress later on.
6. NOTE: It is possible to achieve below one minute with this method, just by practicing. If you are still stuck, follow these tips:
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8.     Get a better cube. Cubes like the Dayan ZhanChi and Dayan GuHong v2 are great – they allow for effortless turning and corner cutting. Lubricate your cube too – a decent method is using silicone spray, but using silicone oil is better.
9.     Use finger tricks (this will speed up your times A LOT). You can become better at finger tricks by practicing.
10.     Decrease your last layer time (to about 25 seconds or less) - you can do this by improving your recognition and execution for each case (to do this you must practice)
11.     Try to reduce pauses, meaning, try to never stop turning during your solve. This can be done by practicing a lot!
12.     Work on the cross. Try to do the cross in 12 moves or less, and under 12 seconds. Here is a link that will help you achieve/learn this (and then practice it a lot): http://cubefreak.net/speed/cfop/cross.php
13.     Practice - The more you practice, the faster you'll become
14.     Once you get a little used to the beginner method, you can also try inserting the first layer/side corners from different angles. See Macky's guide: http://cubefreak.net/speed/cfop/f2l_extensions.php
15.     Use a timer to see your progression: You can use web based timers or PC timers.
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18. Estimated Time: 2-4 weeks
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22. Step 2
23. Current Average: 1:00-1:19
24. Goal Average: 40-49 seconds
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26. Learning 4 Look Last Layer (4LLL). This means solving the last layer in 4 steps – consisting of Orienting the Last Layer in 2 steps (2 Look OLL), and Permuting the Last Layer in 2 steps (2 Look PLL).
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28. 2 Look OLL
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30.     Edge Orientation - 2 algorithms
31.     Corner Orientation - 7 algorithms
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33.
34. 2 Look PLL
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36.     Corner Permutation - 3 Algorithms Aa/Ab and E/V/Y/Na/Nb
37.     Edge Permutation - 4 algorithms - Ua, Ub, Z, H
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39.
40. Here are some links explaining how to use the 4LLL (2 Look OLL + 2 Look PLL) algorithms for your last layer:
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42.     4 Look Last Layer Guide: http://www.scribd.com/doc/131985555/4-Look-Last-Layer
43.     2 Look OLL (video): http://youtube.com/watch?v=DTYvklyOpVM
44.     2 Look PLL (video): http://youtube.com/watch?v=S61q3FYVFis
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47. Estimated Time: 2-4 weeks
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51. Step 3
52. Current Average: 40-49 seconds
53. Goal Average: 30-39 seconds
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55.     Now learn intuitive First Two Layers (F2L).
56.     Your times will temporarily worsen, but after a few days of practicing, they will significantly become better!
57.     Practice your F2L A LOT, and never give up!
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60. Estimated Time: 2-4 weeks
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64. Step 4
65. Current Average: 30-39 seconds
66. Goal Average: 20-29 seconds
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68.     Now, learn the rest of the PLL algorithms. Full PLL is 21 Algorithms (you have already learned 7 algorithms for 2-Look PLL) (Links where to learn the algorithms are at the bottom of this guide).
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71.
72. Estimated Time: 2-6 weeks
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76. Step 5
77. Current Average: 20-29 seconds
78. Goal Average: 15-19 seconds
79.
80.     Practice your F2L, learn/make up your own techniques, and possibly learn some of the algorithms for odd cases. (Links where to learn the F2L algorithms are at the bottom of this guide) Also, remember to look ahead (this is EXTREMELY important)! Try to complete your cross and F2L in 12 seconds or less on average.
81.     Work on improving your speed for your OLLs and PLLs. Use triggers, and try to get all of the algorithms under 3 seconds for recognition and execution.
82.     Get your cross below 4 seconds consistently (make sure you solve the cross on the bottom of the cube.)
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84.
85. Estimated Time: 1-2 months
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89. Step 6
90. Current Average: Sub 20 Seconds
91. Goal Average: Below 15 seconds
92.
93.     Get your cross and F2L done in under 10 seconds
94.     Get your cross done in ~2 seconds on average
95.     Learn how to do Extended Cross (x-cross)
96.     Learn the rest of the OLL algorithms - 57 algorithms (Note that learning the OLLs will only help you by 2 second or less)
97.     To learn/memorize the OLL's easier look at Badmephisto's video
98.     Practice, practice, and keep on practicing!!!
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100.
101. Estimated Time: 4+ months
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105. Step 7 (written by PoHos1)
106. Current Average: Below 15 Seconds
107. Goal Average: Sub10 or around 10
108.
109.     Practice a lot f2l try to allways see first pair in f2l (inspection time)
111.     Practice yours Extended Cross (x-cross)
112.     learn all pll and oll about 1.5 seconds like your cross
113.     (also you can learn COLL if you want some time can help )
114.     Practice, practice, and keep on practicing!!!
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116.
117. Estimated Time: its only on you (at least 6 mounts)
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120.
121. F2L Algorithms:
122.
123.     Speedsolving Wiki – F2L Algorithms
124.     Absolute F2L – F2L Algorithms
125.     Andy Klise’s Collection of 3x3 Algorithms
126.     Bob Burton's F2L Algorithms
127.     Shotaro Makisumi’s (Macky’s) F2L Algorithms
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129.
130. OLL Algorithms:
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132.     Speedsolving Wiki – OLL Algorithms
133.     2 Look OLL for Corner Orientation are cases 21-27.
134.     Andy Klise’s Collection of 3x3 Algorithms
136.     Bob Burton's OLL Algorithms
137.     2 Look OLL for Corner Orientation are cases 4-10
138.     Shotaro Makisumi's (Macky's) OLL Aglorithms
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140.
141. PLL Algorithms:
142.
143.     Speedsolving Wiki – PLL Algorithms
144.     Corner Permutation are the Aa/Ab and E/V/Y/Na/Nb permutation algorithms.
145.     Edge Permutation are the Ua, Ub, H, and Z permutation algorithms.
146.     Andy Klise’s Collection of 3x3 Algorithms