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WCA Notation




Face Turns


  • A letter indicates turning that face clockwise 90.
  • A letter followed by an apostrophe indicates turning that face counter-clockwise 90.
  • A letter followed by a '2' indicates turning that face 180.


    U

    D

    L

    R

    F

    B


    Middle Slice Turns


  • The M slice follows the direction of L turns.
  • The E slice follows the direction of D turns.
  • The S slice follows the direction of F turns.


    M

    M'

    E

    E'

    S

    S'


    Wide Turns


  • Wide turns follow the same direction convention as face turns.
  • A letter followed by a 'w' indicates a wide turn.
  • A number preceeding a letter followed by a 'w' indicates how many outer slices to turn. If there is no number, it can be assumed to be 2.


    U

    Uw

    3Uw


    Inner Slice Turns


  • Inner slice turns follow the same direction convention as face turns.
  • A lower-case letter indicates turning the first adjacent inner slice to the corresponding face only.
  • These moves are not defined in the WCA regulations.


    U

    u


    Rotations





  • An x, y, or z indicates rotating the entire cube 90 clockwise about that axis.
  • An x, y, or z followed by an apostrophe indicates rotating the entire cube 90 counter-clockwise about that axis.



    x

    x'

    z

    z'

    y

    y'