Rubiks Cube 2x2x2
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This solution refers to the original cube. This version is white on top, red, blue, green and orange on the sides and yellow down under. If your cube looks differently, you may have to exchange all occurences of one color with another.
Everybody who has spend some time with the cube should be able to arrange one side correctly. With a little bit extra effort it should also be possible, to get the first ring of stones to match its neighbours as well.
I will assume that you have started with the white side; of course you could start with any other side as well, but then some of the descriptions below will not match the situation of your cube.
So you have done the white side plus the first ring of stones in such a way that
all stones on the first ring match their neighbour's colour.
The white side faces upwards.
2. Positioning the corners
Now we want to position the corners correctly. Turn the cube upside down so that white faces downwards. This sequence is derived from one Volker Bartels send to me for the 3x3x3 cube.
Please note: It is possible that you find a configuration where two corners seem to be in the correct position (either next to each other or diagonally opposite of each other) with the other two on
switched positions. This can only happen with the 2x2x2 cube, not with the 3x3x3 cube.
In this case, turn just the upper level by either 90 or 270 degrees until you have a cube with either no correct corner or just one correct corner. Otherwise, the sequences below won't help.
If you have one corner that is correctly positioned, you can use ont the following two sequences to rotate the remaining three corners into the correct position (or use the other sequence twice - same thing).
A: Correct corner is at front left and you want to rotate the other three corners counter-clockwise:
B: Correct corner is at front right and you want to rotate the other three corners clockwise:
If you have no correct corner, just use either sequence A or B. After that you should have at least one correct corner.
3. Flipping the corners
For the final steps the corners are to be flipped such that yellow comes on top. Hold the cube such that the corner to be flipped is in the front right position:
A: Yellow moves from the front to the top:
B: Yellow move from the right side to the top:
The cube may look chaotic after one such sequence. Don't let yourself get distracted by that and focus only on the corners on the top level. To continue with the next corner, only rotate the top level, not the whole cube.
If you didn't do any mistakes, the cube is now solved!
Faster to memorize, slower in action
If you want to remember less moves, you can just learn one of the two sequences each for positioning the corner and for flipping them. Instead of using 2B or 3B once, you can also do 2A o 3A twice to get the same result.