2. Placing of the first layer corners
3. Placing of the second layer edges
4. Preparation of the last layer
5. Orientation of the last layer
This method is called Fridrich Method, and also CFOP, because of the four parts this method can be divided into:
This subdivision does not come from the Fririch method, but it allows to learn less algorithms. This will be explain clearly later.
To sum up, from four steps (C, F2L, OLL, PLL) we get seven parts the method is subdivided into:
Table 1: Parts of the method
Placing of the first layer corners
Placing of the second layer edges
Preparation of the last layer
Complete orientation of the last layer
Permutation of edges
Permutation of corners
As an example to illustrate these explanations, the white face has been chosen to be solved first, and the yellow face will be the last one. However, this can be applied to no matter what couple of opposite colours of the cube.
Here, the aim is to get a cross in a face, considered as the upper face, and to match the colour of the cross edges with the colour of the center pieces placed in the middle layer (Figure 1).
The steps are the following:
Table 2: Posibilities while making the cross