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3 weeks ago

Speedcubing Advice

Hi everyone - this blog is primarily aimed at beginners who haven’t been speedcubing for very long, but some of this advice might be useful for others as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Tyler Dunn

Tyler Dunn Posted 3 weeks ago

I think this is really great motivation, and advice to improve as a cuber! Feliks never fails to post something interesting, and new on the website to improve cubers of all skill levels!


Minh Le

Minh Le Posted 3 weeks ago

Wow. Thanks!!!


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 3 weeks ago


I try to make my solves flow fluidly without stopping, but the problem is that I only solve the first F2L pair I see while looking ahead and it's usually a really bad case which leads to other bad cases and makes everything inefficient. It's easier to spot an incorrectly connected pair than a simple 3 move insert edge and corner case. I also turn slowly to avoid any small pauses. How can I spot easier F2L pairs better?


Robert McLaughlin

Robert McLaughlin Posted 3 weeks ago

Interesting.  I am new to this fun and frankly useful hobby.  I recently learned ‘beginners method’.  It is different than the method in your video.  After solving the white cross and moving to fill in the white face by placing corners, I keep the white face on top and rotate the white corners pieces directly below their correct positions on top.  My fastest algorithm (reflex rather than thought) is R’D’RD.  Depending on position, repeating algorithm 1-5 times places corner correctly.  I found method on the internet.  I am at 2.5 minutes to solve.  I was about to learn 21 PLL permutations, but now I think I should start over and learn to fill the white face on the bottom to begin.  

I understand that it is better to learn efficiency in the long run, but being new it is difficult to give up a habit that is effortless but slower and be willing to initially go slower to become quicker.  Good advice. 

I also just purchased the GAN356 AIR UM.  It arrived today.  I will have to decide which of my cubes to practice on based on turning speed development.  One note:  I am slightly color blind.  It is very difficult to decipher orange from red on my new GANS. 


William Yang

William Yang Posted 3 weeks ago

@Robert It is also useful to start working on Color Neutrality now which is solving the cross on different sides it is harder to learn later on and also if you are color blind it is best for you to get rather pink on your red side and a dark orange or flourescent orange and dark red for sticker shades and finally while your learning to solve on the bottom check out Feliks' F2L tutorial it is a good way to kill 2 birds with one stone well 3 birds in fact with color neutrality. Happy cubing and cheers!


Karl Makinano

Karl Makinano Posted 3 weeks ago

Hey feliks I'm really struggling on 3x3 could you make a blog having tips on specific time barriers like tips for sub-20 cubers,tips for sub-15 cubers etc.I have watched all the 3x3 videos and still struggling to reach sub-15.Thank you for all the hardwork and time you have spent to help others improve I really appreciate it.Thanks a lot.


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 3 weeks ago

Thanks Tyler and Minh!

Cuberious - The big positive here is that you've established your lookahead ability to the point where you *are* able to see an F2L pair immediately, even though it might not necessarily be the easiest one. Even myself and other sub 10 cubers definitely miss seeing easy pairs in solves either because we're turning very quickly or focused on tracking something else, so don't worry too much about making your solutions completely perfect. Especially if you're just at the beginning of F2L and there are perhaps 3 different F2L pairs on the top face, it's very very hard to determine which is the best one in a short amount of time. That being said, if working on efficiency is something you think you need to do, then I'd highly recommend doing untimed solves for a little while to help with that.

Robert - Yep, that bit of advice can probably be applied to many other things, not just cubing!

Karl - Best place for that at the moment is the "How to get faster" blog post, but it just has three major segments (beginner, intermediate, advanced)


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 3 weeks ago

That last part about your motivation is really inspiring. The fact that you don’t think about beating other people or outdoing them as much as you can, but instead focus on yourself and understand it doesn’t always go right is amazing and if I become as fast as you or other world class cubers I’m gonna try to have the same mentality. :)


Ethan Varn

Ethan Varn Posted 3 weeks ago

I do have a question though, what does it feel like to get a world record?


Max Chan

Max Chan Posted 3 weeks ago

This helped and I'm a sub 12 solver!


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 3 weeks ago

Ethan - I used to think more along the terms of trying to beat people, but the performance of other cubers is completely out of your control. And, it feels great haha, the initial feeling is probably similar to just getting a really good pb, but you get to enjoy it more and for way longer :)

Max - glad to hear, haha.


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 3 weeks ago

So what you're saying is that I should only start the timer and try to be efficient instead of rushing to hit the timer while making a bunch of mistakes along the way


Robert McLaughlin

Robert McLaughlin Posted 3 weeks ago

William - Sound advice.  That is the route I will take.  Efficiency is the name of the game. 

Feliks - It seems to me that the vast majority in this handy hobby (forgive the pun) are Non-Zero Sum (John Nash) type players.  I base this on the many videos I have recently watched.  It is absolutely refreshing to see such genuine excitement and sincere congratulatory support amongst the group toward an individual that has just broken a world record.  This overall characteristic is also evidenced in the blogs I have read for the most part.  It is the mark of a healthy and cooperative competition.  There is a teacher in you.  Good advice!


Ben Soelberg

Ben Soelberg Posted 3 weeks ago

Thanks for this post. It is good information, and just what my son needs to hear. He is pretty competitive. We are both looking forward to meeting you in 2 weeks in Fresno!


Feliks Zemdegs

Feliks Zemdegs from CubeSkills Posted 3 weeks ago

Thanks Ben - looking forward to meeting you and your son there. Seems like it'll be a smaller comp, so hopefully a bit more relaxed!


William Yang

William Yang Posted 2 weeks ago

Feliks' has the WCA announced or released any hints as to where world champs will be this year?


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 2 weeks ago

William - World Championship happens every 2 years


Robert McLaughlin

Robert McLaughlin Posted 2 weeks ago

For color neutrality I have ordered plain white stickers.  I will print on each either an R,O,B,G,W,Y letter.  Then I am going to learn to solve without color at all by using just the letter notation designating which color the label would otherwise be seen as being.  


Robert McLaughlin

Robert McLaughlin Posted 2 weeks ago

I am curious.  Anyone’s feedback on this question will be greatly appreciated. 

Use of an algorithm is quite straight forward, however, the creation of an efficient algorithm is different.  Computer algorithms are the essence of efficient programming skills.  In order to become an efficient programmer, while the use of mathematics is required, it is not necessary to understand extremely high level mathematics to become a programmer.  At a minimum, Algebra can be used solely.  Everyone can remember the slope of a 2D line as simply the change in the y axis divided by the change in the x axis.  Calculus is simply determining the slope of a 3D line using limits or integrals at its core and then many more problems may be solved using the basics of limits.  Differential Equations simply takes Calculus to a higher level.  Remember, coding basics require only a knowledge of Algebra in its simplest form.  I asked one of the better coders working for me about the cube and what his thoughts are relative to cubing equating to coding in essence.  His response, a very high level programmer, was that they are basically the same.  So, here is my question. 

How many cubers create their own algorithms and how many find computer programming of interest to them?


Cuberious The SpeedCuber

Cuberious The SpeedCuber Posted 2 weeks ago

Who programs those algorithm generators?


Robert McLaughlin

Robert McLaughlin Posted 2 weeks ago

We are not at the point of singularity.  That is a point in time that should frighten everyone. 


sun yifan

sun yifan Posted 2 weeks ago

Hi Feliks!I heard about the Wuque Mini M will be sold in 1 month, and did you get the cube? And now I use Cubing classroom mf4rs (from 2018 Shanghai International Expo :)), average about 1'45''. So when can I use Wuque or Wuque Mini? sub 1? Please give me some advices!

(I think GAN460M is good too)


Arisandra Soo

Arisandra Soo Posted 2 weeks ago

Ooh definitely be recommending this post to beginner cubers. Thanks for your awesome tutorials, great moves, keep it up, proud of you


Daryl Aliben

Daryl Aliben Posted 1 week ago

When doing OLL, do you already know if its a PLL skip or not?


Ryan Ng

Ryan Ng Posted 1 week ago

I am dual colour neutral, as I tried being colour neutral once and my times got slowed down a lot. From reading this, I know that it is important to know that trying out something new does not make you faster immediately, but helps a lot in the long term. My main problem is that my lookahead isn’t great with red, orange, blue or green crosses; I find it hard to remember what the pairs are. I will slow down my TPS when not using white/yellow crosses and gradually increase it.

 

There is a slight problem in my lookahead. I find it hard to get to the “Knowing” stage of your lookahead progression framework. I guess I should stop trying until my colour neutrality is good.

 

See you at Asian Champs! 

 

By the way, do you know ZZ-CT or any ZBLS? Also, it is shocking that the majority of people use the Na perm starting with “z” instead of your one starting with (R U R’ U). 

 

The PLLs I am slow at are V perm because of the rotation/ regrip, and Gd perm because of the AUF. Any tips? BTW is there a partial edge control alg for an R U R’ insertion case?

 

Sorry for bombarding you with questions so one last thing: I will ask you about Zeroing at Asian Championships.


Ryan Ng

Ryan Ng Posted 1 week ago

Oh yeah. I forgot to say that my average is sub 25 consistently with dual colour neutral. 


William Yang

William Yang Posted 1 week ago

@Ryan Ng regarding color neutrality I became color neutrality just a few weeks ago I average sub 15 on the 4 colors while sub 12 on White and yellow I always found it easier to become more color neutral by just constantly having the thought of the cross color in my head I got to this point within a month using this method it may not be fit for you but it was for me. Keep in mind your lookahead will be trash but eventually you'll subconsciously repeat the cross color in your head and focus on lookahead at the same time.

For knowing stage I usually do this for practice you first have to see what an insert does to the cube I recommend that you use a solved cube take out a pair and see how it affects the cube and build on from there with each algorithms.

For PLLs with regrips you can one of the two things you 1) find alternative algs that use wide moves or 2) what I do is rotate while I'm doing last 1-2 turns (based on those turns) 

Finally zeroing is a prank idea to try to explain Feliks' quickness in speedcubing and all those videos that say things such as what he was doing on last pair in his 4.75 solve were just things he does sometimes to get better LL cases and it just happened to be a solved last layer.


Aaron Ren

Aaron Ren Posted 1 week ago

@Ryan Ng for the v perm there's a pretty long but easy way to do it. It's M2 U2 M2 ( y perm) M2 U2 M2


László Csonka

László Csonka Posted 1 week ago

Hello, Feliks.

I have two question to you:

 

1. Which is better? Cubicle or Cosmic? I want to buy a Cosmic Wushuang because my Cubicle Wushuang died but I don't know which is better.

 

2. What are the limits for a beginner's method user? Yesterday I broke the 16 seconds barrier in avg100 with a 15.98 seconds average. My OLLs and Plls are very slow, so a speedcuber would be much better at this. What do you think, what'd your barrier with this method after practicing? :)


William Yang

William Yang Posted 1 week ago

@Lázlò Csonka in my experience with Beginners method with a TPS of around 9-(possibly 11 or 12 based on how far you want to go)10 you could very easily get to sub 10 (just to give you an image in your head of that TPS it is the TPS feliks uses) so I think with a lot of dedication you could get to sub 8 which is about 10-11 TPS to get to. 

Also in terms of the Difference between cosmic and Cubicle is that SCS provides 20% discount and Cubicle is 10 but for performance I have both a cosmic Huanglong and a Huanglong I lubed with Angstrom (DNM Gravitas Dignitas Lube Black) and I like Angstrom better then Cosmic though it feels more controllable yet fast. It is also different from cube to cube on the Valk and call power Cosmic feels better than Angstrom.


sun yifan

sun yifan Posted 1 week ago

Hi Feliks!I heard about the Wuque Mini M will be sold in 1 month, and did you get the cube? And now I use Cubing classroom mf4rs (from 2018 Shanghai International Expo :)), average about 1'45''. So when can I use Wuque or Wuque Mini? sub 1? Please give me some advices!

(I think GAN460M is good too)


William Yang

William Yang Posted 1 week ago

@Sun Yifan what method do you use? If yau then watch Feliks' advanced 4x4 which goes in depth of techniques he uses. If you use redux then watch intermediate tutorial and learn Yau I average sub 45 with redux. If you are currently using Hoya I have a few tips:

When making your first four centers make sure the first color you do is on the bottom.

Always make half of the center and build the other half right after or later on

When building cross edges first make sure to put as many edges into the cross layer as possible based on which ones can be easily inserted

When inserting the edge into each pair look out for the next one and when on the last edge look out for which case you will get for last two centers.

3-2-3 edge pairing as usual try to lookahead the entire time and when on last 2 or 3 look for your first pair for 3x3

3x3 stage as usual.

I average Hoya as sub 40


William Yang

William Yang Posted 4 days ago

Feliks congrats on the your new CRs for 7x7 and megaminx


Ryan Ng

Ryan Ng Posted 1 day ago

@ William Yang Thanks for the advice!



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