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Checkerboard

The checkerboard pattern

Patterns can make a bland Rubik's Cube a lot more exciting and if you memorize them, you can really impress your friends! In this article, there will be many patterns along with algorithms to show how to make patterns from a solved cube. (See Notation for what the sequences mean.)

3x3x3 Pattern AlgorithmsEdit

Checkerboard (Pons Asinorum)Edit

L2 R2 F2 B2 U2 D2 (or) M2 E2 S2

Twisted CheckerboardEdit

F B2 R' D2 B R U D' R L' D' F' R2 D F2 B'

Checkerboard of order 6 Edit

R' D' F' D L F U2 B' L U D' R' D' L F L2 U F'

Checkerboard With T and U Edit

D2 R2 L2 F2 B2 (or) D2 M2 S2

StripesEdit

F U F R L2 B D’ R D2 L D’ B R2 L F U F    

Middle Stripes Edit

(M F2 M2 B2 M) y (M F2 M2 B2 M)

Pillars Edit

L2 R2 B2 F2

Rudicks Cube Edit

(M F2 M2 B2 M) y (M F2 M2 B2 M) D2

Cube in a CubeEdit

F L F U' R U F2 L2 U' L' B D' B' L2 U

Cube in a Cube in a CubeEdit

U’ L’ U’ F’ R2 B’ R F U B2 U B’ L U’ F U R F’

Cube in a Cube in a Cube With Exchanged Rings Edit

B’ U’ B’ L’ D B U D2 B U L D’ L’ U’ L2 D

CrossEdit

U F B' L2 U2 L2 F' B U2 L2 U

Plummer's crossEdit

R2 L' D F2 R' D' R' L U' D R D B2 R' U D2

AnacondaEdit

L U B' U' R L' B R' F B' D R D' F'

PythonEdit

F2 R' B' U R' L F' L F' B D' R B L2

Black Mamba Edit

R D L F' R L' D R' U D' B U' R' D'

Green Mamba Edit

R D R F R' F' B D R' U' B' U D2

Female Rattlesnake Edit

U2 D' L2 D B U B' R' L2 U2 F U' F R

Male RattlesnakeEdit

R' F' U F' U2 R L2 B U' B' D' L2 U2 D

Female Boa Edit

R U' R2 U2 F D2 R2 U' D' R D' F'

Male BoaEdit

F D R' U D R2 D2 F' U2 R2 U R'

Six spotsEdit

E M E M E M E M (or) E M E' M'

Orthogonal barsEdit

F R' U L F' L' F U' R U L' U' L F'

Six T'sEdit

F2 R2 U2 F' B D2 L2 F B

Six-two-one Edit

U B2 D2 L B' L' U' L' B D2 B2

Exchanged peaksEdit

F U2 L F L' B L U B' R' L' U R' D' F' B R2

Two twisted peaks Edit

(F B' or S') U F U F U L B L2 B' U F' L U L' B

Four twisted peaks Edit

U' D B R' F R B' L' F' B L F R' B' R F' U' D

Exchanged chicken feet Edit

F L’ D’ B’ L F U F’ D’ F L2 B’ R’ U L2 D’ F

H patternEdit

U2 R2 L2 F2 B2 U2 R2 L2 F2 B2

SuperflipEdit

U R2 F B R B2 R U2 L B2 R U' D' R2 F R' L B2 U2 F2

OR

(M' U M' U M' U M' U x y') x 3

India's and Sierra Lone's Flags Edit

L R' U D B D2 B2 D' 

NOTE: START WITH BLUE IN FRONT AND WHITE ON TOP; IT WILL NOT WORK OTHERWISE. SIERRA LEONE' FLAG WILL BE UPSIDE DOWN; IT SHOULD BE BLUE, WHITE AND GREEN ON THE WHITE SIDE, SO TURN IT AROUND (y2) FOR THE FLAG RIGHT SIDE UP. YOU WON'T SEE THE CIRCLE-SUN THING FOR THE INDIAN FLAG.)

Three Edge Switch Edit

F', L', B', R', U', R, B, L, F, U for clockwise

(F', L', B', R', U', R, B, L, F, U) x 2 for counterclockwise

Two Dots on Four Sides Without Single Dot Edit

(D2 R2 L2 F2 B2) x 2

OR

(D2 M2 S2) x 2

Two Dots on Four Sides With Single Dot Edit

R2 U D F2 B2 U D L2

Two Dots on Two Sides Edit

U2 L2 R2 D2 L2 R2

Ying Yang Edit

R L B F R L U’ D’ F’ B’ U D

Twisted Ying Yang Edit

L R F B U’ D’ L’ R’

4x4x4 PatternsEdit

Masterudreverse
Two centres swapped (this is possible only on even-order cubes); not very interesting in itself, but a possible basis for other patterns. Has anyone got an algorithm?


Mastercheckstripe
Checkerboards and stripes.

F2b2 U2d2 L2r2

Mastercube4
Cube in a cube in a cube in a cube.


5x5x5 PatternsEdit

The following are all possible; if anyone knows an efficient algorithm for any of these, please add it.

Profcheck
Super Pons Asinorum

L2M2R2 U2E2D2 F2S2B2

or l2r2 u2d2 f2b2

Profcubecubecubecube
Cube in a cube in a cube in a cube in a cube


Profdots
Dots. The U face is the logo of the Royal Air Force and of The Who.


Profrings
Six rings to rule them all!


Prof4dots
Four-dot pattern


Prof4dots2
Another four-dot pattern


Prof es
Crosses

B22 F22 D2' B22 F22 D22 L22 R22 U2' L22 R2' B22 F22 U22 B22 F22 U22 R2'

ProfXes
Saltires


Profdiamondcheck
Four diamond checkerboards.


Prof6diamondchecks
Six diamond checkerboards.


Profdd
Four diamonds.


Prof6diamonds
Six diamonds.


Impossible PatternsEdit

Unfortunately, some desirable patterns turn out to be impossible. The two below were both featured as jokes on badges (captioned "Try this one!") in the 1980s.

GalleryEdit

SourcesEdit

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