This is full CFOP (or Fridrich) method. ‘CFOP’ refers to the steps involved – Cross, F2L, OLL and PLL. This involves remembering a lot of algorithms to cope with different situations, so I use some 2-look OLL and PLL to reduce the amount of algorithms I need to know.
Step 1 – The Cross
This step is the same as all the other methods – forming a cross on the first layer to get this:
However, there is one key difference: it is done on the bottom layer. This means that you can’t always see what is happening with the cross, which sounds like a good way to just make solving the cube more difficult. The reason for doing the cross on the bottom layer is that you then don’t have to turn the cube over when starting the second layer. This saves time not only by not physically moving the cube, but whilst you are completing the cross you can be looking ahead for your first move of F2L.