4x4 Yau is arguably the fastest and efficient method to solve a 4x4. The Yau method was proposed in 2009 by Robert Yau, and since then has been used by most of the top speedcubers worldwide. The method is a slight variation of the standard reduction method for 4x4, which surprisingly produces a much faster and even more efficient solves.
To begin with, what is the Yau method and why is it used by so many of the top speedcubers worldwide? Well, in layman terms, the Yau method is basically a reordering of the sequence of steps that were used in the standard reduction method to solve a 4x4. To begin with, we start by solving the white and yellow centre blocks (in generality, this can be any set of opposite colours), followed by pairing any 3 of the 4 white edge pieces, and placing them appropriately as part of the white cross.
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