Published on Jun 25, 2014
Alexander Lau is ranked 3rd in the world for solving the Rubik's Cube. His official WCA time is 5.96 seconds to solve the 3x3 Rubik's Cube. This is his beginners guide to finger tricks - one of the things that makes him such a successful Speed Cuber
There is no general rule for how to grip the Rubik's Cube, but in this guide Alex suggests some of the methods you might like to try. If re-gripping is more comfortable for making certain moves, experiment with it.
- Put your thumbs on the front face, with your left thumb on the left edge and your right thumb on the right edge.
- Put your middle fingers and ring fingers on the back of the Cube. Your ring fingers should be on the bottom corners and middle fingers should be on the edges.
Turning the Cube
- To turn the U face, pull towards you using your index finger.
- To do double turns, such as U2 or U2', pull with your index finger, then follow through with your middle finger
- To do D turns, pull your ring fingers towards you
- To turn the front layer, use your right thumb for F' and your right index finger for F. You may find it easier to use your left hand, try it!
- The back layer is turned with the index fingers just like for U. Re-grip the Rubik's Cube with the thumb of the turning hand on the top layer.
- To turn the right and left faces, use your wrists. You may like to re-grip for these, though there is no specific technique. Generally you should turn the sides in a way that leaves your hand in a good position to perform the next move.