Step 1: Block 1
Create a 3x2x1 block on the Left slice. Following the example from Roux, I've been using Red on the Down face and Yellow on the Left. So this means solving the block consisting of the Yellow centre, the Yellow/Red edge, the Yellow/Blue edge, the Yellow/Green edge, the Yellow/Red/Green corner and the Yellow/Red/Blue corner. (Diagram looking at the L-face)
Hint for speed: Try to plan out the whole of this step in the inspection phase and to execute the moves without looking.
Step 2: Block 2
Create the corresponding 3x2x1 block, opposite the first, on the Right slice (W centre, W/R, W/B, W/G edges, W/R/G and W/R/B corners). This should be done without disturbing the block built in step 1, using only R, r, M and U moves. (Diagram looking at the R-face)
Step 3: Corners Last Layer (CMLL)
This step is known as CMLL because (a) other methods have similar corner methods with other CxLL abbreviations and (b) we are free to disturb the M-slice.
Initially I found Roux's corners page quite confusing and it put me off his method for some time. But I'll use his system for classifying the CMLL algs, because (almost) everyone else does.
There are 8 orientations (A-H) with up to 6 permutations within each. Each permutation involves swapping a pair of corners (other than 1 which is no swap). The 6 permutations are:
- No swap
- Swap back
- Swap right
- Swap front
- Swap left
- Swap diagonal
Aside: Two-look CMLL
Waffle-Jim (who has built a great guide to the Roux method) recommends learning two-look CMLL at first. Learn (initially) one alg for each orientation possibility, and then use one of the two "A"-cases to permute if necessary. So that's what I have done. I've highlighted the CMLL algs I've learned for two-look in green and other algs in yellow.
NB These are just the algs I use. Other Roux users use other algs. If you're trying to learn, I recommend checking out as many algs as you can, and using the ones that feel best to you.
The algs of doom
All diagrams are as if looking down on the U-face, with the colours of the edge tiles also shown. NB This is still very much a work in progress.
Recognition: look at the edges of the U-layer corners
A1: All edges are paired up correctly
Nothing to do
A2, A3, A4, A5: These cases are all equivalent. One correct pair. Adjust U-face to get this pair in the L-face.
R U2 R' U' R U2 L' U R' U' L
A6: No correct pairs, all edges are pairs of opposite colours.
(R' U L' U2 R U' L)2
Recognition: look for a pair of opposite colours in the U-face, and examine the tile on the F-edge of the UFR corner to see which tile in the U-face (if any) it matches.
B1: Opposite pair diagonal, F-edge UFR matches U-face UBR
R' U' R U' R' U2 R
B2: Opposite pair column, F-edge UFR not in U-face
U2 R2 D R' U R D' R' U R' U' R U' R'
B3: Opposite pair row, F-edge UFR not in U-face
R' L U' R U L' U2 R' U2 R
B4: Opposite pair column, F-edge UFR matches U-face UFL
U2 R U2 R' U2 R' F R F'
B5: Opposite pair row, F-edge UFR matches U-face UBR
R' U L U' R U L'
B6: Opposite pair diagonal, F-edge UFR matches U-face UFL
U2 R' U' R U' L U' R' U L' U2 R
Recognition: look for a pair of opposite colours in the U-face, and examine the tile on the R-edge of the UFR corner to see which tile in the U-face (if any) it matches.
C1: Opposite pair diagonal, R-edge UFR not in U-face
R U R' U R U2 R'
C2: Opposite pair column, R-edge UFR not in U-face
R' F2 R U2 R U' L' U x'
C3: Opposite pair row, R-edge UFR matches U-face UBR
x U R' U' L U2 R U2 R'
C4: Opposite pair column, R-edge UFR matches U-face UBL
U' R U R' U R U' R D R' U' R D' R2
C5: Opposite pair row, R-edge UFR matches U-face UBL
R U' L' U R' U' L
C6: Opposite pair diagonal, R-edge UFR matches U-face UBR
U2 R U R' U L' U R U' L U2 R'
Recognition: Examine U-face diagonal: is it matching, opposite or other? Then compare F-edge of UFR with U-face of UBR
D1: U-diagonal other, F-edge of UFR opposite U-face of UBR
U2 R U2 R' U' R U R' U' R U R' U' R U' R'
sune U antisune
D2: U-diagonal pair, F-edge of UFR not in U-face
R U2 R D R' U2 R D' R2
D3: U-diagonal opposite, F-edge of UFR matches U-face of UBR
F R' F' R U R U' R'
D4: U-diagonal opposite, F-edge of UFR not in U-face
R' F R U F U' F'
D5: U-diagonal pair, F-edge of UFR opposite U-face of UBR
U' R' U2 R' D' R U2 R' D R2
D6: U-diagonal other, F-edge of UFR matches U-face of UBR
U2 L' U2 R U' R' U2 R L U' R'
Recognition: look at the pair of tiles on the B-row corners of the U-face, and the pair on the U-row corners of the F-face.
E1: U-face opposites, F-face same
R' U' R U' R' U2 R2 U R' U R U2 R'
E2: U-face same, F-face same
U R U' r' F R' F2 U' F U r
E3: Forward Slash
U2 R2 D R' U2 R D' R' U2 R'
E4: Double Slash
U2 R' F U' R F R' U R F'
E5: Back Slash
R2 D' R U2 R' D R U2 R
E6: U-face same, F-face opposites
U' F R U R' U' F'
U' F sexy-move F'
Recognition: As case E: look at the pair of tiles on the B-row corners of the U-face, and the pair on the U-row corners of the F-face.
F1: U-face same, F-face same
F R' F R2 U' R' U' R U R' F2
U' antisune U2 sune
U' sune U2 antisune
F2: U-face opposites, F-face same
R' U r U2 R2 F R F' r
F3: Right column
U R' F R U2 F U2 F'
F4: U-face same, F-face opposites
F U' L' U R2 U' L U R2 F'
F5: Left column
U' R U R' U' R' F R F'
F6: Double columns
R2 U' R F R' U R2 U' R' F' R
Recognition: Look for matching pair(s) in the U-face
G1: Right column
F (R U R' U')2 F'
U sune U sune
G2: Back slash
R' U' R U' R' U2 R U' L' U R U' L U R'
G3: Double slash
U' R' F R U F U' R U R' U' F'
G4: Forward slash
R U2 R' U2 R' F R2 U R' U' F'
G5: Two columns
U2 L' U R U' L U' R' U' R U' R'
G6: Left column
U2 R' U' R U' R' U F' U F R
Recognition: Start with the U colour on the F and B faces. Look for orientation of any pairs on the U-face. (There are only four cases, as H2 and H4 are interchangeable with U2, as are H3 and H5.)
H1: Two pairs, columns
R U2 R' U' R U R' U' R U' R'
U sune sune
H2: One pair, back row
(U2 to convert to H4)
H3: One pair, left column
(U2 to convert to H5)
H4: One pair, front row
U' R U R' U R U L' U R' U' L
H5: One pair, right column
U R U2 R2 F R F' U2 R' F R F'
H6: Two pairs, rows
F (R U R' U')3 F'
F (sexy-move x 3) F'
Step 4: Last 6 edges
After orienting the M slice so the centres are in the correct faces, (if necessary; it's a step I usually perform before the corners) all that remains to be solved are the four U edges and the front and back edges in the D layer.
Step 4a: Orientation
An edge-piece is correctly oriented if the U- or D-face colour is in the U- or D-face. In other words, in this case where we have the Orange centre on the U-face and Red on the D-face, an edge in the U-layer is correctly oriented if it is Orange-up or Red-up, and one in the D-layer is correct if it is Orange-down or Red-down.
It is only possible for an even number of the 6 remaining edges to be incorrectly oriented. (None, 2, 4 or 6, obviously.) Therefore it is possible to infer the state of the invisible DB edge from the four U edges and the DF edge that you can see.
In the diagrams for this step, we are still looking at the U face, with F and R for perspective. The (possibly) incorrectly oriented pieces will be in grey, and the rest of the cube (all of which is now correct) in pink.
It should go without saying that no bad edges is a skip!
2 bad edges
There are a number of possible configurations but I'll just give two examples. Other cases can be reduced to these two with a combination of M2 and U moves
2 bad edges in U layer, adjacent
M' U M' U2 M' U M'
2 bad edges in U layer, opposite
M' U M U' M' U M'
4 bad edges
Again, just some example cases.
2 bad edges in U layer, 2 bad edges in D layer
M U2 M' U2 M' U M'
4 bad edges in U layer
M' U2 M' U2 M' U M'
3 bad edges in U layer, DF bad
M' U M'
3 bad edges in U layer, DB bad
M U M
6 bad edges
There's obviously only one possibility:
All six edges bad
R U' r' U' M' U r U r'
Step 4b: UL and UR edges
- If the pieces for UL and UR (in this case the Y/O edge and the W/O edge) are not in the same layer, adjust the U slice until they are diagonally opposite each other (i.e. at UF & DB or at UB & DF), then M' U2 M' to put them in the same layer.
- Use M2 to put the edges into the D-layer.
- Adjust U so that an M2 puts the edges between their matching corners, then adjust U again to complete this sub-step. Your L and R layers should now be solved.
Step 4c: Final permutation of M-slice
Largely intuitive. Use a combination of E2, M2 and U2 moves.