Yau method
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The Yau Method, or Yau4, not to be confused with Yau5, is a 4x4 speedsolving method proposed by Patrick Jameson but popularized and modified by Robert Yau. It can also be applied to bigger cubes.
Some commonly used techniques with the Yau method include:
 Solving 3 half centers out of the 4 last centers before fully solving them in order to increase fingertrickability for the remainder of the last 4 centers step. With the half centers technique, the solver can finish off the centers without destroying the partial cross by using only Rw and U moves rather than 3Rw, Rw, 2L, and U moves, essentially making the remainder of this step 2gen.
 Pairing edges using 323 edge pairing. Basically, right after the last 4 centers are solved, solve the final cross piece using no specific technique, then pair up 3 edge pairs at once, followed by 2 edge pairs, and finally the last 3 edge pairs. Many tutorial videos on YouTube go more indepth with this technique.
Overview
 Solve 2 opposite centers .
 Solve 3 of the cross dedges.
 Solve the remaining 4 centers, maintaining the partial cross by keeping the partial cross on the left side and using only Rw, 3Rw, 2L, and U moves.
 Pair up the remaining dedges without messing up the cross, starting with solving the final cross piece.
 Solve F2L + LL (3x3) and Parity.
Pros
 Easy edge pairing
 Cross is already done when you start the 3x3 step
Cons
 It can be hard to find the 3 first cross edges
 Centers are a little bit harder.
Notable users
 Patrick Jameson
 Erik Akkersdijk
 Dan Cohen
 Mats Valk
 Sebastian Weyer
 Robert Yau
 Feliks Zemdegs
 Kevin Hays
See Also
External links
 Robert Yau's proposal on speedsolving.com
 Mats Valk 4x4 avg + single WR 26.77 / 33.57
 Tutorial in Japanese
 JustKeepCubing 4x4 Yau tutorial
 JRcuber 4x4 Yau walkthrough solves
 Speedcubereview 4x4 yau tutorial
 Tips for 4x4 with yau
 Tips For Achieving Sub1 On 4x4 Using Yau
 323 Yau edge pairing tutorial
 Feliks's 4x4 walkthrough solves
 Cyoubx's 4x4 Yau walkthrough solves
 323 and 62 Advanced Yau 4x4 edge pairing tutorial
 Tutorial in French