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{{Method Infobox  {{Method Infobox  
−  name=  +  name=Ortega 
image=Ortega.gif  image=Ortega.gif  
proposers=[[Jeffrey Varasano]] <br/> [[Victor Ortega]] <br/> [[Josef Jelinek]]  proposers=[[Jeffrey Varasano]] <br/> [[Victor Ortega]] <br/> [[Josef Jelinek]]  
year=1981, later reintroduced in 2000  year=1981, later reintroduced in 2000  
−  anames=  +  anames=Varasano 
variants  variants  
steps=3 (Solve D face, Solve U face, [[PBL]])  steps=3 (Solve D face, Solve U face, [[PBL]])  
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}}  }}  
−  The '''  +  The '''Ortega Method''', also known as the '''Varasano Method''', is a 2x2 and 3x3 [[speedsolving]] method. It is named after [[Victor Ortega]], and is mostly popular today for being an intermediate 2x2 solving method. 
== Naming Dispute ==  == Naming Dispute ==  
−  [[Victor Ortega]] is often credited for creating the  +  [[Victor Ortega]] is often credited for creating the method. While it is true that Victor popularized the method, he cannot be said to have created it, similar to the naming dispute with the [[CFOP]] method. The popularity of the method dates from December 2001 when [[Josef Jelinek]] added Ortega's [[Corners First]] method (as a solution for 3x3x3 cubes) to his website.[https://web.archive.org/web/20011225093221/http://cube.misto.cz/_MAIL_/index.html] (Jelínek himself had already outlined a Cornersfirst approach comparable to the Ortega Method.[https://web.archive.org/web/20010212015351/http://cube.misto.cz/_MAIL_/corners.html]) His website has always stated that Ortega's method was "based on [[Minh Thai]]'s ''Winning Solution''" (from 1982).[https://web.archive.org/web/20020208013747/http://cube.misto.cz/_MAIL_/cfsm.html] The method got pickedup by 2x2 cubers and became widely known as the Ortega Method. 
−  +  
+  In 2015 competitive cuber and YouTuber [[Christopher Olson]] researched the creation of the Ortega method. He found an original 3x3 method in a book by [[Jeffrey Varasano]], the 1981 US record holder for the Rubik's cube, explaining how he solved a Rubik's cube in under 45 seconds. His was a Cornersfirst method similar to the method used by Minh Thai to win the [[World Championship 1982]]. But the method for solving the corners turned out to have the same steps as the "Ortega" method. This led to Chris creating [https://youtu.be/054bInnL8YY a video] to rename the Ortega method to the Varasano method. However, the naming change did not stick and the majority still call it "Ortega", although "VarasanoOrtega" is sometimes used.  
== As a 2x2x2 Method ==  == As a 2x2x2 Method ==  
−  Using  +  Using Ortega as a 2x2x2 method first involves solving one [[face]] intuitively; don't worry about solving an entire [[layer]], because the face will be [[permutationpermuted]] later. Second, [[orientationorient]] the opposite face, either by using the same [[OLL]] algorithms as on 3x3x3 or by using more efficient ones made for 2x2x2 (see below). Finally, you permute both layers at the same time by using [[PBL]]. The last step may sound difficult but there are only 5 possible cases, so it is quick to learn. In total, there are 12 algorithms to learn (11 without reflections). 
For the first face, without [[colour neutral]]ity, the average move count in [[HTM]] is a surprisingly low 3.97, and no cases require more than 5 turns. Because of this inspection is just a few seconds, advanced users benefit from that and uses the remaining inspection time to predict the OLL case, or even the whole solve.  For the first face, without [[colour neutral]]ity, the average move count in [[HTM]] is a surprisingly low 3.97, and no cases require more than 5 turns. Because of this inspection is just a few seconds, advanced users benefit from that and uses the remaining inspection time to predict the OLL case, or even the whole solve.  
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== As a 3x3x3 Method ==  == As a 3x3x3 Method ==  
−  Using  +  Using Ortega as a 3x3x3 method involves first solving the [[corner]]s completely, followed by insertion of the D layer [[edge]]s, and 3 of the Ulayer edges. The midlayer edges are then oriented during placement of the final Ulayer edge, and finally the midlayer edges are permuted. @see rubikscube.info link below.. 
== See also ==  == See also ==  
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* Youtube: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VEtgnL_Ia8 3x3x3 Ortega Video Tutorial]  * Youtube: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VEtgnL_Ia8 3x3x3 Ortega Video Tutorial]  
* [http://sites.google.com/site/kubbuth/2x2x2/ortega Ortega method in Swedish]  * [http://sites.google.com/site/kubbuth/2x2x2/ortega Ortega method in Swedish]  
+  * [https://www.speedcubingtips.eu/methodesderesolution/methodeortega2x2x2/ Ortega method in French by speedcubingtips.eu]  
−  +  [[Category:2x2x2]]  
[[Category:2x2x2 methods]]  [[Category:2x2x2 methods]]  
−  [[Category:2x2x2  +  [[Category:2x2x2 speedsolving methods]] 
[[Category:3x3x3 methods]]  [[Category:3x3x3 methods]]  
[[Category:3x3x3 speedsolving methods]]  [[Category:3x3x3 speedsolving methods]]  
+  [[Category:3x3x3 corners first methods]] 
Revision as of 10:58, 6 July 2019

The Ortega Method, also known as the Varasano Method, is a 2x2 and 3x3 speedsolving method. It is named after Victor Ortega, and is mostly popular today for being an intermediate 2x2 solving method.
Naming Dispute
Victor Ortega is often credited for creating the method. While it is true that Victor popularized the method, he cannot be said to have created it, similar to the naming dispute with the CFOP method. The popularity of the method dates from December 2001 when Josef Jelinek added Ortega's Corners First method (as a solution for 3x3x3 cubes) to his website.[1] (Jelínek himself had already outlined a Cornersfirst approach comparable to the Ortega Method.[2]) His website has always stated that Ortega's method was "based on Minh Thai's Winning Solution" (from 1982).[3] The method got pickedup by 2x2 cubers and became widely known as the Ortega Method.
In 2015 competitive cuber and YouTuber Christopher Olson researched the creation of the Ortega method. He found an original 3x3 method in a book by Jeffrey Varasano, the 1981 US record holder for the Rubik's cube, explaining how he solved a Rubik's cube in under 45 seconds. His was a Cornersfirst method similar to the method used by Minh Thai to win the World Championship 1982. But the method for solving the corners turned out to have the same steps as the "Ortega" method. This led to Chris creating a video to rename the Ortega method to the Varasano method. However, the naming change did not stick and the majority still call it "Ortega", although "VarasanoOrtega" is sometimes used.
As a 2x2x2 Method
Using Ortega as a 2x2x2 method first involves solving one face intuitively; don't worry about solving an entire layer, because the face will be permuted later. Second, orient the opposite face, either by using the same OLL algorithms as on 3x3x3 or by using more efficient ones made for 2x2x2 (see below). Finally, you permute both layers at the same time by using PBL. The last step may sound difficult but there are only 5 possible cases, so it is quick to learn. In total, there are 12 algorithms to learn (11 without reflections).
For the first face, without colour neutrality, the average move count in HTM is a surprisingly low 3.97, and no cases require more than 5 turns. Because of this inspection is just a few seconds, advanced users benefit from that and uses the remaining inspection time to predict the OLL case, or even the whole solve.
The case shown in the picture in the method information box is known as Sune, one of the OLL cases.
As a 3x3x3 Method
Using Ortega as a 3x3x3 method involves first solving the corners completely, followed by insertion of the D layer edges, and 3 of the Ulayer edges. The midlayer edges are then oriented during placement of the final Ulayer edge, and finally the midlayer edges are permuted. @see rubikscube.info link below..
See also
 OLL (2x2x2) (algs for 2nd step)
 PBL (algs for the 3rd step)
 LBL
 Guimond Method
 EG Method
 CLL
External links
 Why the Ortega method was renamed to the Varasano method
 rubikscube.info
 funpic.org
 Martijn Bakker's Ortega doc
 Bob Burton's Ortega page
 Youtube: 2x2 Ortega Method Tutorial by theWestonian
 Youtube: 2x2x2 Ortega outline
 Youtube: 3x3x3 Varasano with L6E Tutorial
 Youtube: 3x3x3 Ortega Video Tutorial
 Ortega method in Swedish
 Ortega method in French by speedcubingtips.eu