How to Solve a 2x2 Rubik's Cube (Ortega Method)

Lets look at solving the 2x2 Rubik's Cube using the popular Ortega method. The Ortega method is a very fast way of solving the 2x2 (but not the fastest). When completely confident with all of the algorithms shown below you should be at least sub 5 (maybe even quicker).

Please Note: All images used in this guide are generic pictures of 2x2 Speed Cubes and may not be genuine Rubik's brand cubes. All images are for illustrational and educational purposes only.

WHAT IS ORTEGA?

Step1

Solve the white face on the BOTTOM layer

Step 2

Orientate the TOP layer

Step 3

Permute the TOP and BOTTOM layer at the same time


STEP 1 - Building THE FIRST SIDE

If you are reading this tutorial on solving your 2x2 with the Ortega method I can only assume that you have (at least) basic knowledge of solving the 2x2 and are confident using the LBL (layer by layer) method. I will not be going through how to solve the first layer as this is something you should be used to if you are trying to learn a fairly advanced method. 

Lets solve the white side first. 

  1. Build the white face on the bottom layer not worrying about putting the pieces in the correct place.
  2. We will come back later in step 3 and permute these pieces. 

Step 2 - orientating the last layer

In step 2 of the 2x2 Ortega method we bring all of the yellows to the top layer (you may have started with a different side of the cube, in which case you might not be solving the yellow face here, but in our example we are solving the yellows). Once all of the yellows are on the top we can move on to step 3.

2x2 Ortega Method - OLL Algorithm Case 1 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

         R U R' U R U2 R'

2x2 Ortega Method - OLL Algorithm Case 2 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

          R U2 R' U' R U' R'

2x2 Ortega Method - OLL Algorithm Case 3 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

        R2 U2 R U2 R2

2x2 Ortega Method - OLL Algorithm Case 4 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

      R U2 R2 U' R2 U' R2 U2 R

2x2 Ortega Method - OLL Algorithm Case 5 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

         R2 D R' U2 R D' R' U2 R'

2x2 Ortega Method - OLL Algorithm Case 6 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

        F R U' R' U' R U R' F'

2x2 Ortega Method - OLL Algorithm Case 7 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

          L' U' L U R U' L' U




sTEP 3 - pERMUTING THE two laYERs

In step 3 of the Ortega method we permute both of the layers at the same time thus solving the 2x2 cube. This may take a little bit of time to learn but rest assured, once you are confident in finding and performing the correct algorithm you will be well on your way to sub 5.

2x2 Ortega Method - PLL Algorithm Case 1 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

(R U' R' U' F2 U') (R U R') D R2

2x2 Ortega Method - PLL Algorithm Case 2 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

(R U2 R' U') (R U2) (L' U R' U' L)

2x2 Ortega Method - PLL Algorithm Case 3 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

R2 U' B2 U2 R2 U' R2

2x2 Ortega Method - PLL Algorithm Case 4 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

R2 F2 R2

2x2 Ortega Method - PLL Algorithm Case 5 - KewbzUK Speed Cubes

(R U' R) F2 (R' U R')



8 Comments

Sean N McGinnis - Nov 17, 2018

In step 2 you have an algorithm: R U2 R2 U’ R U’ R2 U2 R

The 5th turn should be R2 not R so: R U2 R2 U’ R2 U’ R2 U2 R

Also, in step 3 the algorithm: (R U2 R’ U’) (R U2) (L’ U R’ U’ L’) the last turn should be L not L’

sydney - Dec 19, 2018

Good tutorial. Maybe you can be more specific on step 3 because I had to go watch a video to know more. The algorithms are correct and I can already feel myself getting faster

Landon - Jan 03, 2019

This helped me a lot! I looked at so many videos and I didn’t understand but as soon as I looked at this I can go way faster!

Inne - Mar 03, 2019

I can solve it in 13 sec. Bet i have to look for a long time (step 3) to see wich algorithm i have to use. And that takes a long time. Can i see in the begin wich algorithm i have to use? Bcs now it takes too long.

sami tabbara - Apr 13, 2019

there are some cases that arent on there

sami tabbara - Apr 13, 2019

there are some cases that arent on there

Joshua - Apr 13, 2019

I’m a bit confused, am I supposed to have to use multiple algorithms in step 3?

Myles - Apr 13, 2019

Hi, thanks for the great page of algorithms. I have a compatition soon and I am really bad at 2×2. This makes me faster all ready, just as soon as I learned all the algorithms.

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