There are 3 different methods I use to solve the edges. As you can see, the above method works as long as you have at least 3 messed up edge pairs, the 2 that contain the pair you want to match up and a third to sacrifice. Once you get down to just 2 unmatched edge pairs you'll have to go with Method 3 below. Also, in the 4th move where you rotate U' you could rotate U instead if you have an unmatched edge pair on the Left face you can sacrifice.METHOD 2 - Diagonal edges
Method 2 is an algorithm that works pretty well. I probably use it more than I do Method 1. The process is to align a pair of edges in the corner of a face (I typically use the Front face) and then use the algorithm (Rr)_F_R'_F'_(Rr)'. This will line them up
and place them in the Up/Front position. Note that you will destroy any matched pairs in the Front/Down position. To make this
easier to see I am again using a semi-solved cube with just 2 pairs unsolved. I'll be pairing the red/yellow edges and
consequently destroying the red/white pair at the bottom.Just like method 1, you can use the above method as long as you have at least 3 messed up edge pairs, the 2 that contain the pair you want to match up and a third to sacrifice. Once you get down to just 2 unmatched edge pairs you'll have to go with Method 3 below. METHOD 3 - Opposing edges
Method 3 is an algorithm that works great, and the good news is that it does not destroy any previously matched pairs. To use this method I put 2 matching edge pieces into the Front face aligned in either the u or d layers. (The example
shows both for reference only, it is not a requirement) Make
sure you have the same color showing on the Front face with the other color on the Left/Right faces. You run the algorithm
d_R_F'_U_R'_F_d' which puts the edges in the d layer into the Front/Right position and the edges in the u
layer are paired into the Front/Left position. Again, I have started with the cube in a semi-solved state so you can see that
none of the existing pairs are destroyed, only relocated.
At this point all your edges should be matched up. You can proceed on to the Final Solve |