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Andy Chakarov's progression thread

Andy Chakarov

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Hi, I am Andy Chakarov and this is my progression thread, I am a beginner and I am doing just 3x3 and 2x2 for now. I know 3x3 F2L and after that I use beginner's method and for the 2x2 which I dont really practice I just use the beginner's method but once I learn CFOP I am planning on learning ortega. currently my best times are:

3x3: single: 54.97 ao5: 1:03.03
2x2: single: 15.32 ao5: 21.51

Keep in mind that I am trash at everything I do and yeah, that's it for now.

and like 10 minutes after writing this, I practiced a bit of 2x2 and got a new PB single!

Generated By csTimer+ on 2022-08-14
single: 14.66

Time List:
1. 14.66 F2 R2 U2 F R F R F' U2

when inspecting I saw that I could make the white layer in like 5 moves or something then I got super lucky and there was already just 1 corner in its correct and even tho it took me like 1 second to realize that I just did U R U' L' U R' U' L and realized that I got a skip and got this time, I did have a lot of pauses so I think I could have done it in like 13 seconds.

not really a progression but I got a 3x3 PB but a +2 ruined it

scramble:
L' F' L2 U L2 F2 D' L2 U L2 D' F2 R2 U L' F2 D' U' B2 L' R2

and about 10 minutes later I got a 3x3 PB single
single: 52.65

Time List:
1. 52.65 B2 U L2 D' L2 F2 D' U2 F2 U2 R2 F' L B' F D2 L' D F' D'

I think I am finally getting benefited from using F2L instead of beginner's method

and actually I cant really do a recon but all I know is that I actually didnt get any skips, all of the lucky things I got was a free F2L pair, easy cross but it still took me like 9 moves to finish it and easy last layer
 

Andy Chakarov

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I was so close to getting a new 3x3 PB but I was off by 0.24 seconds because it took me a little bit at the end to notice what case I got, I am still posting it tho because I think the scramble is kinda cool

Generated By csTimer+ on 2022-08-15
single: 52.89

Time List:
1. 52.89 R B2 D2 L U2 R' B2 R2 D2 R' B2 U L2 F' R B' D' U L B R'

edit: nvm I got lucky and got a PB single like 10 solves after.
Generated By csTimer+ on 2022-08-15
single: 51.25

Time List:
1. 51.25 D2 U F2 U2 F2 R2 B2 F2 U' F2 B' R2 D' R' U' B' D' R B' L

alright posting this in another message because it will be kind of annoying just spamming edits BUT NEW PB SINGLE ON 3X3 1 SOLVE AFTER

Generated By csTimer+ on 2022-08-15
single: 38.91

Time List:
1. 38.91 U' F' L2 B2 D2 R2 U2 R2 B' R2 U2 R2 U2 R B' D R B U F' U'

If you want a reconstruction I am really bad at those so I will just explain what happened

so during inspection I found a really good around 6 move cross solution and got 2 free pairs right after (I didnt even plan that lol) then just did the other 2 pairs normally, ig the lucky part there was the fact that every piece was already in the top layer so I just moved the other pieces so that the didnt go to the bottom layer, after that I just did normal last layer yellow cross matching the colors and creating the cross and the luckiest part of this all was the fact that when I did the U R U' L' U R' U' L to place the corners in the right place I got a complete skip on the part where you have to make them face up.

And that was my really bad reconstruction

New 2x2 PB single!

Generated By csTimer+ on 2022-08-15
single: 11.14

Time List:
1. 11.14 F2 R2 F' R U' F2 R2 U2 R2

just by applying the scramble you can see why I got such a great time (using beginner's method ofc)

and after doing the scramble again I got 6 seconds but I am not counting it since I already knew what to do

here is a recon (might not be fully accurate)
starting with the white L shape on bottom and the empty space on the front right (all of this on bottom layer)
U' /// getting the piece on the top of where it needs to be
R' F R F' /// Sledge hammer to insert the piece
U R U' L' U R' U' L /// placing all of the corners in their correct place
Z2 /// so the white side is on top and yellow on bottom there should also be a orange L shape on the front with the empty piece being on the bottom right
(U R U' R) 2 D /// getting the first corner facing up and going to the second corner
R U R' U R U R' /// getting the second corner facing up

and the cube is now solved

mods why do you have to keep making all my messages into one people are gonna think I do it myself and are gonna think I am weird
 
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1. 11.14 F2 R2 F' R U' F2 R2 U2 R2
For your white layer, you don't have to do a sledgehammer to insert it. You can also do R U' R' to insert it, which is easier and saves 2 moves.

I would strongly recommend you to learn the Ortega method which can be found here. It's a much more efficient method than the one you are currently using, although it does involve learning a few algorithms (7 OLL + 5 PLL), but it's highly worth it and can definitely get you to sub-6 seconds.
 

Andy Chakarov

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For your white layer, you don't have to do a sledgehammer to insert it. You can also do R U' R' to insert it, which is easier and saves 2 moves.

I would strongly recommend you to learn the Ortega method which can be found here. It's a much more efficient method than the one you are currently using, although it does involve learning a few algorithms (7 OLL + 5 PLL), but it's highly worth it and can definitely get you to sub-6 seconds.
Ok thanks!
 

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havent broken any personal records but I am learning 2 look OLL and working on recognizing every case faster and not stopping between the moves in the algs, which is a progression I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
 
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Andy Chakarov

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I finally started using a bit of lookahead and I am finally averaging sub 1 minute with ease (before it was OK to have sub 1 minute but now I do it with ease and I think if I get better at lookahead I will probably average 45 seconds or something a bit higher but close to that)


Oh and I also got a 3.164 single including pickup time on 2x2 but it was just a scramble from a friend
 

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my main broke so now I'll have to use the QiYi Sail W :(
before it broke I was maining the MGC Evo 3x3 but it broke (I am too lazy to explain how) and now I cant use it :(
I have to wait until my birthday to get a new cube but at least I still have a backup main that I can use.

Edit: I did a few solves and fortunately using my backup main I only become just 5 seconds slower which isnt a big deal since I already average like 50 seconds (maybe a bit faster) on a good cube that I am used to
 
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my main broke so now I'll have to use the QiYi Sail W :(
before it broke I was maining the MGC Evo 3x3 but it broke (I am too lazy to explain how) and now I cant use it :(
I have to wait until my birthday to get a new cube but at least I still have a backup main that I can use.

Edit: I did a few solves and fortunately using my backup main I only become just 5 seconds slower which isnt a big deal since I already average like 50 seconds (maybe a bit faster) on a good cube that I am used to
damnn i heard the qiyi sail w isnt that good of a cube

are u able to buy a cube by yourself? or do you not have the money for one? cause a magnetic meilong isnt that expensive and is prtty good for a budget cube, maybe it could be your placeholder till you get a new cube
 

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damnn i heard the qiyi sail w isnt that good of a cube

are u able to buy a cube by yourself? or do you not have the money for one? cause a magnetic meilong isnt that expensive and is prtty good for a budget cube, maybe it could be your placeholder till you get a new cube
I can buy a cube myself I just need to find a budget cube that has sort of the same feel so I can use it like you said until I save up enough money to buy a better cube
 
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I can buy a cube myself I just need to find a budget cube that has sort of the same feel so I can use it like you said until I save up enough money to buy a better cube
id recommend a meilong magnetic 3x3 or a moyu rs3m (2020 or 2021 both are good enough)

from experience though, meilongs usually are way better when set up, so might wanna take note of that
 

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Hi, I am Andy Chakarov and this is my progression thread, I am a beginner and I am doing just 3x3 and 2x2 for now. I know 3x3 F2L and after that I use beginner's method and for the 2x2 which I dont really practice I just use the beginner's method but once I learn CFOP I am planning on learning ortega. currently my best times are:

3x3: single: 54.97 ao5: 1:03.03
2x2: single: 15.32 ao5: 21.51

Keep in mind that I am trash at everything I do and yeah, that's it for now.

and like 10 minutes after writing this, I practiced a bit of 2x2 and got a new PB single!

Generated By csTimer+ on 2022-08-14
single: 14.66

Time List:
1. 14.66 F2 R2 U2 F R F R F' U2

when inspecting I saw that I could make the white layer in like 5 moves or something then I got super lucky and there was already just 1 corner in its correct and even tho it took me like 1 second to realize that I just did U R U' L' U R' U' L and realized that I got a skip and got this time, I did have a lot of pauses so I think I could have done it in like 13 seconds.

not really a progression but I got a 3x3 PB but a +2 ruined it

scramble:
L' F' L2 U L2 F2 D' L2 U L2 D' F2 R2 U L' F2 D' U' B2 L' R2

and about 10 minutes later I got a 3x3 PB single
single: 52.65

Time List:
1. 52.65 B2 U L2 D' L2 F2 D' U2 F2 U2 R2 F' L B' F D2 L' D F' D'

I think I am finally getting benefited from using F2L instead of beginner's method

and actually I cant really do a recon but all I know is that I actually didnt get any skips, all of the lucky things I got was a free F2L pair, easy cross but it still took me like 9 moves to finish it and easy last layer
Hi there and welcome!

Happy progressing.
 

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31 SECOND 3x3 SINGLE PB LET'S GOOOOO

Generated By csTimer+ on 2022-08-25
single: 31.12

Time List:
1. 31.12 F D2 B L2 U2 L2 U2 B2 F' U2 L2 F L' B' R2 B2 D2 L2 F' D' R

I didnt even practice the last 5 days or so I was just chilling and after I decided to do some serious practice again I got a new PB
 

Andy Chakarov

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my main broke so now I'll have to use the QiYi Sail W :(
before it broke I was maining the MGC Evo 3x3 but it broke (I am too lazy to explain how) and now I cant use it :(
I have to wait until my birthday to get a new cube but at least I still have a backup main that I can use.

Edit: I did a few solves and fortunately using my backup main I only become just 5 seconds slower which isnt a big deal since I already average like 50 seconds (maybe a bit faster) on a good cube that I am used to
oh btw I got a new main, it is a GAN
 

Andy Chakarov

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so I started using beginner CFOP (intuitive F2L then 2 look OLL and PLL) and I average around 50 seconds while with intuitive F2L and then beginner's last layer I average around 45 seconds so I think for now I am doing ok and all I will be doing is just practice 3x3 and stop practicing 2x2 for a while until I average around 40 seconds, I hope I can even get that down to mid 30 seconds but it probably isnt possible using 2 look OLL and PLL
 
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