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Step 7: The middle pieces (of the last row)

Youtube video starting on 20:10

In this last step, you need to exchange the middle pieces of the last row.

Example cube with wrong middle piece in last row on all four sides
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
C
MP
C
 
L
 
 
 
 
C
MP
C
 
F
 
 
 
 
C
MP
C
 
R
 
 
 
 
C
MP
C
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
MP = Middle piece of last row

When you have already one side which is complete, make sure that this complete side is facing backwards. Otherwise, just choose the Front face randomly.

Then, decide whether:

  • The middle-piece of the front face needs to be exchanged with the middle-piece of the left side (clockwise).
    Goto 7a
  • The middle-piece of the front face needs to be exchanged with the middle-piece of the right side (counter-clockwise).
    Goto 7b

Step 7a: Moveset for clockwise

R2 U
R U
R' U'
R' U'
R' U
R'

Step 7b: Moveset for counter-clockwise

R U'
R U
R U
R U'
R' U'
2R

Result of step 7

The result is a completed cube.

Result of step 7 complete (Cube completed)
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 

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Step 6: The corners

Youtube video starting on 18:21

Now we have the last layer to fill up. Always face the yellow side on TOP!

When you look at the row which is not yet complete. Try to find side where the corner pieces (and maybe even the middle) piece match. Then, rotate U that this side is almost completed with the two C-places in place. If you found such two matching corners, then make sure that this side is facing to the back.

Afterwards, do this:

  • If you have the Back side matching the corners:
    • Do the moveset once
  • Otherwise:
    • Do the moveset twice
  • The moveset:
    R' F
    R' B2
    R F'
    R' B2
    R2
  • Afterwards, rotate UP that all the sides match up.

In the end, the corner pieces of the top row should match up:

Result of step 6

  • The white side complete
  • The yellow side complete
  • On all sides the top two rows (top regarding the white side) are complete with the correct color
  • The corner pieces of the top row (regarding the yellow side) are complete
Result of step 6 complete
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
C
 
C
 
L
 
 
 
 
C
 
C
 
F
 
 
 
 
C
 
C
 
R
 
 
 
 
C
 
C
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
C = corner pieces

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Step 4: Yellow cross

Youtube video starting on 13:49

Now we will solve the yellow side which was neglected until now, and need to create a yellow cross on the yellow side. The front side must be yellow. And then there are two types of patterns that might be possible.

  • A horizontal yellow line. Goto step 4a.
  • A two-two pattern, whereas two yellow pieces are on the right side, and two yellow pieces on the middle side. Goto step 4b.

Step 4a: The pattern is a horizontal line.

Then the pattern is a horizontal yellow line like this:

TODO: Title
 
 
 
Y
U
Y
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
Y = Yellow piece on yellow side

Make sure that the yellow side is on UP, and that the yellow horizontal line is really horizontal (not vertical). Then, Rotate as follows: F R U R' U' F'

Step 4b: The pattern is a two-two pattern

Then the pattern is a two-two-pattern like this.

TODO: Title
 
Y
 
Y
U
 
Y
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
Y = Yellow piece on yellow side

Make sure that the yellow side is arranged so that the bottom-left piece is yellow. Then, rotate: F U R U' R' F'

Result of step 4

  • The white side complete
  • On all sides the top two rows are complete with the correct color
  • A yellow cross on the yellow side
Result of step 4 complete
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 

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Step 5: Yellow corners

Youtube video starting on 15:42

Now we have to complete the yellow side. Depending on the pattern of the yellow side, you need to act slightly differently:

  • For initial pattern variant 1, Goto 5a
  • For initial pattern variant 2, Goto 5b
  • For initial pattern variant 3, Goto 5c
  • Of you already have the fish-pattern, Goto 5d

Step 5a: Initial pattern variant 1

When the pattern on the yellow side looks like this:

Example cube with initial pattern 1
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
Y
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
Y = Yellow piece facing us

Then you have to do this:

  • Make sure that there is one yellow piece facing us (Y)
  • Apply moveset:
    R U
    R' U
    R U2
    R'
  • After that, you should have the fish, Goto 5d

Step 5b: Initial pattern variant 2

When the pattern on the yellow side looks like this:

Example cube with initial pattern 2
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 

Then you have to do this:

  • Apply moveset:
    R U
    R' U
    R U2
    R'
  • After that, you should have the fish, Goto 5d

Step 5c: Initial pattern variant 3

When the pattern on the yellow side looks like this:

Example cube with initial pattern 3
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 

Then you have to do this:

  • Apply moveset:
    R U
    R' U
    R U2
    R'
  • After that, you should have the fish, Goto 5d

Step 5d: Fish pattern

Now you should have a fish pattern on the yellow side, with the head on bottom-left, and the tail on top-right like this:

Example cube with fish pattern
 
FT
 
FH
U
FT
FH
FH
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
FT = Fish tail
FH = Fish head

The Fish head (FH) must always be in the bottom-left corner, and the fish tail (FT) must always be in the top-right corner. The next step is to make sure that there is a yellow piece in the top row of the facing side, like this:

Example cube with fish pattern and yellow piece on Front side
 
FT
 
FH
U
FT
FH
FH
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
Y
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
FT = Fish tail
FH = Fish head
Y = Yellow piece front side

If you don't have the yellow piece on the front side, then do the moveset again:

  • Apply moveset:
    R U
    R' U
    R U2
    R'
  • Rotate the Up layer that the fish is aligned correctly and the yellow piece will be at the correct location.
To complete the yellow side, do the moveset again:
  • Apply moveset:
    R U
    R' U
    R U2
    R'
That's it, now you should have the yellow side complete.

Result of step 5

  • The white side complete
  • The yellow side complete
  • On all sides the top two rows (top regarding the white side) are complete with the correct color
Result of step 5 complete
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 

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Step 3: The sides: Get the second row all the same color

Youtube video starting on 7:16

Position the cube so that the front of the cube is yellow. Then, you need to pick a cross piece from your front face that has no yellow in it. In the cube below, the piece is marked as C1-piece. Rotate the front side that the color of the other side of the C1-piece (C2) matches the color of the side. In our example, the color of the other side of the front (C2) is orange, C2 must be positioned on the orange side. When you do this you have three alternatives:

  • The color of C1 is on the left side.
    In this case, you exchange the piece C1-C2 with the piece E1-E2 on the left. Goto 3a
  • The color of C1 is on the right side.
    In this case, you exchange the piece C1-C2 with the piece E1-E2 the right. Goto 3b
  • All cross pieces (C1) either contain yellow, or all the other sides of the cross pieces (C2) contain yellow as well.
    In this case, you have to move a yellow piece out of the way. Goto 3c

Step 3a: The color of C1 is on the left side

When the color of C1 is on the left side, you must exchange the piece C1-C2 with E1-E2, from left to right.

  • Color of C1 is green.
  • The green side is on the right.
Example cube where to rotate C1/C2 from left to right (E1/E2)
 
 
 
 
U
E2
 
C2
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
C1
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
E1
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
C1 = Cross piece yellow side
C2 = Color on the other side of cross piece

To do this exchange is a two-way process.

First, exchange it from left to right.

  1. Rotate the front face to the left: F'
  2. Rotate the bottom from left-to-right: D
  3. Rotate the right side down towards you: R
  4. Rotate the middle layer of the front side from left-to-right E
  5. Restore the right side again: R'

Then, fix the white side.

  1. See 3d how to do this.

Start over with step 3 until the top two rows contain all the same color on all sides.

Step 3b: The color of C1 is on the right side

When the color of C1 is on the right side, you must exchange the piece C1-C2 with E1-E2, from right to left.

  • Color of C1 is red.
  • The red side is on the left.

Hint: Click on the button to see the left side.

Example cube where to rotate C1/C2 from right to left (E1/E2)
 
 
 
E2
U
 
 
C2
 
 
E1
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
C1
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
C1 = Cross piece yellow side
C2 = Color on the other side of cross piece

To do this exchange is a two-way process.

First, exchange it from right to left.

  1. Rotate the front face to the right: F
  2. Rotate the bottom from right-to-left: D'
  3. Rotate the left side down towards you: L
  4. Rotate the middle layer of the front side from right-to-left E'
  5. Restore the left side again: L'

Then, fix the white side.

  1. See 3d how to do this.

Start over with step 3 until the top two rows contain all the same color on all sides.

Step 3c: All pieces contain yellow

It could be that on the yellow side facing you, all the corner pieces are

  • Yellow
  • or the other side of the corner piece is yellow
In this case, you can do neither the rotations from 3a or 3b, but you have to move away one of the yellow piece. To do this, search for a piece on the second row on the sides which does ont yet match the correct color, e.g. on the left side of the middle piece, or on the right side of the middle piece.
  • In our example, such a piece would be the red piece on the orange side (W = Wrong piece) which does not match the correct color.
Example cube where all pieces are yellow and e.g. W-piece must be rotated to the yellow side
 
 
 
 
U
W
 
Y
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Y
F
Y
 
Y
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
W = Wrong piece

To do this exchange is a two-way process.

First, exchange it from left to right (when the W-piece is on the right).

  1. Rotate the bottom from left-to-right: D
  2. Rotate the right side down towards you: R
  3. Rotate the middle layer of the front side from left-to-right E
  4. Restore the right side again: R'

Then, fix the white side.

  1. See 3d how to do this.

Start over with step 3 until the top two rows contain all the same color on all sides.

Step 3d: Fix the white side

After a rotation as in 3a, 3b or 3c, the white side is messed up. The white pieces are distributed over two sides:

  • The white side contains 5 white pieces (Top side).
  • The other side contains a row of three white pieces, and a single cross white piece (Front side).
Example cube how to fix the white side (UP)
 
W
W
 
U
W
 
 
W
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
W
 
 
W
F
 
W
WC
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D
 
 
 
 
Explanation:
W = White pieces
WC = White cross piece

Fix the white side:

  1. Rotate the full rows of white pieces to the white side, in our case: L'
  2. Move the white cross piece (WC) aways from the middle: D
  3. Move the middle part of the white side down: M
  4. Move back the white cross piece (WC): D'
  5. Move back the middle part: M'

Voila: The white site is fixed again.

Result of step 3

  • The white side is complete (on TOP)
  • On all sides the top row, and the middle row are complete.
Result of step 3 complete
 
 
 
 
U
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
R
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
D