Tricks to solve the Rubik's cube

The Rubik's Cube, created by the Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik in 1974, is a three-dimensional puzzle spread throughout the world. Until the year 2009, more than 350 million had been sold, a figure that places it among the best-selling toys in history.

For those who have not delved into this fun entertainment, we can say that the traditional cube is made up of six faces, each with a different color, which rotate independently. Once the colors are mixed, we must rotate these faces until we reach the initial situation. There are many methods to solve this puzzle, but remember: no moving stickers around or taking the cube apart to reassemble it!

Solve Rubik's cube step by step

Before we start, we need to know some important aspects of our cube. Each face is made up of 9 small pieces, a central one (which we cannot move and will determine the color of the face), four in the corners (with 3 colors) and another four in the center of each side (which will have two colors).

We show you a method that can help you when you are wondering how to make a Rubik's cube.

  1. The first step would be form a cross with the color of one of the faces, but placing it on the arm of the cross (central piece of the side) a piece in which its other color coincides with the central one of the other face.
  2. The next step consists of placing the corresponding piece in the corners, matching the color of the face with that of each of the three small faces of the piece.
  3. Once the first face of our Rubik's cube is complete, we move on to step three where we will focus on the center piece of the sides on all remaining faces , except the bottom layer. To put each piece in its place we can disassemble the face that we had complete remembering the return path of the pieces to recompose it.
  4. Now, finally, we are left with the fourth step: the last layer. We start by drawing a cross, as in the first step, to finish completing the corners.

In this video you can see, in detail, how to complete each of these steps.

To solve the Rubik's cube in a faster way you can find many tutorials that follow certain algorithms, turning patterns, from the beginning to the end. They are more mechanical methodologies that leave less room to invent and experiment.

The most amazing records

We can find many amazing records for Rubik's cube solving times. In 2018, Feliks Zemdegs, a 22-year-old Australian, broke the world record by solving a Rubik's cube in 4.22 seconds. Max Park solved the cube in 9.42 seconds, breaking the Guinness World Record, but with only one hand!

The fever to solve Rubik's cubes has spread all over the planet. We can find countless variants of the classic 3x3x3 6-sided cube, up to a 33x33x33 one. They can be in the shape of a cube, a rectangular prism, a pyramid, or any other that you can think of. In any case, they always pose a challenge and enhance our ability to concentrate, our spatial vision and our patience.

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