LARS ERIK "LARRY" PETRUS (born 4 november 1960 in Luleå in Sweden) is an accomplished speedcuber .
In 1982, he became the national champion of
THE LARS PETRUS SYSTEM
The Petrus System was designed as an alternative to the popular layer-based solutions of the early 1980s. Petrus reasoned that as a solver constructs layers, further organization of the cube's remaining pieces is restricted by what one has already done. In order for a layer-based solution to continue after the first layer had been constructed, the solved portion of the cube would have to be temporarily disassembled while the desired moves were made, then reassembled afterward. Petrus sought to get around this quagmire by solving the cube outwards from one corner, leaving him with unrestricted movement on several sides of the cube as he progressed. This method is often used to solve the cube in a fewest-moves solution.
The system uses seven basic steps to solve a Rubik's Cube.
* Build a 2x2x2 block * Expand to a 2x2x3 without destroying the 2x2x2 block * Correct edge orientation * Solve two complete layers * Permute the remaining corners * Orient the remaining corners * Permute the final edges
Petrus invented three simple and flexible algorithms to complete the last three steps, which he named Niklas, Sune and Allan.
While the method stands alone as an efficient system for solving the Rubik's Cube, many modifications have been made over the years to stay on the cutting edge of competitive speedcubing . Many more algorithms have been added to shave seconds off the solution time, and steps 5+6 or 6+7 are often combined depending on the problems each case presents. Petrus' personal best speedsolve is 13.6 seconds, achieved in 2006.