- author: Sonny Sangha
Solving the Rubik's Cube - Step Three: Solving the First Two Layers
Welcome back to the third step of solving the Rubik's Cube. Hopefully, you have breezed through the first step, and now it's time to tackle the second layer. In this step, we need to get each of the corner pieces sorted out.
Identifying Color Pairs
Identifying the color pairs is key to solving this layer. We need to navigate the bottom grid and find the right color pair to fit into the corner piece. In this case, we need to make sure that the white side is facing up consistently. Look around the cube, and you should see some colors waiting to be paired up.
Solving the Corner Pieces
Once we have identified the right color pair, we need to align it to the correct position, beneath its corresponding color. For example, if we have a blue and red color pair, and the blue side is on our left, then we need to align the corner piece to the left side.
We need to follow a simple routine to solve the corner pieces. Here's what we do:
- Push the piece away
- Bring it down
- Push back in place
- Pop it back up
It's important to note that if we've misplaced a piece, we need to replace it using the algorithm we used in step 2.
Identifying the Remaining Pieces
Looking around the cube, we can see that we still have a couple of pieces to sort out. It's essential to pair up the remaining pieces and follow the routine to solve them.
Fixing Completely Wrong Placements
In the rare case that the corner pieces are completely in the wrong way, we need to fix it by replacing it with any other piece. We can go in any direction and follow the same routine.
Remember, practice makes perfect. Keep practicing steps one, two, and three until you get the hang of it. The last three steps are tricky, but if we stick to the routine, we're halfway there to completely solving the Rubik's cube.
If you have any difficulties or comments, drop a comment below, and we'll be happy to help. Keep trying, and eventually, you'll impress yourself and those around you with your Rubik's cube solving skills.