The J Move

The J Move

Note: For our purposes, we will call the White side the top and the Yellow the bottom. I will refer to the horizontal planes from top to bottom as the Top, Horizontal Middle, and Bottom. The vertical layers will be called the Right-hand, Left-hand, and the Vertical Middle.

Pre-requisite: Solve the cube so that all that remains to be fixed are the bottom middles. (For help, see past posts under Rubik’s Cube.)

Good news: It is possible to completely solve the cube once you know the J Move. Unfortunately, you may be in a position where you need the final move to solve the cube.

  1. Put the side you want to stay the same on your right-hand side. This side is “safe”.
  2. Turn the right-hand side up 1 turn.
  3. Turn the front side 1 turn to the right (clockwise).
  4. Turn the left-hand side up 1 turn.
  5. Turn the front face back to starting position 1 turn to the left (counter-clockwise). This is where the move gets its name. See the “J”?
  6. Turn the right-hand side to starting position 1 turn down.  Do the same with the left-hand side, 1 turn down.
  7. Solve for Y’t (detailed in steps 8-11).
  8. Turn the bottom side of the cube 1 turn to the right.
  9. Turn the left-hand side 1 turn down.
  10. “Load” the white corner by turning the bottom back 1 turn to the left.
  11. Turn the left-hand side back 1 turn up.
  12. Repeat the move until the cube is solved, or nearly solved. By nearly solved I mean that the top, bottom, and 1 side are all solved. From this point you can use the final solving move to complete the cube.
  13. To remember, think: Right Up, Front across, Left up, Front back,(see the “J”?) Right down, Left down, solve for Y’t.

Hint: If two adjacent side sides become solved, put one on your right hand side and make sure the other is in the back. This will set you up for the final solving move.

Challenge: Solve the Rubik’s Cube! (It may take several tries because The J Move doesn’t always solve the cube. More often than not, it requires the final move. But hey, a little practice never hurt anyone, eh?

Questions? Shoot me a comment.



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