If you are just getting started with Sudoku, you may not know where to start from and how to go about it. That’s because Daily Sudoku can be quite hard or easy, depending on the difficulty level you choose. If you don’t understand the rules well, it can get even more challenging.
But once you understand the basics of the game, you will enjoy Sudoku more because this classic game is very fun and addictive. If you are a Sudoku beginner and looking for tips to help you play this game successfully without having to stretch your mind, you are in the right place. This article discusses Sudoku tips for beginners. Let’s explore them.
- Look for the easiest to play.
When you initially begin to play a Sudoku puzzle, pinpoint the areas where adding a number will be the simplest. This is typically where there is a densely packed square or row of nearly full numbers. Sometimes, particularly with the Easy-level Sudoku puzzles, you can rapidly determine the ideal place a number by using the process of elimination. For instance, if square 1 already has the numbers 1 through 7, you know that you simply need to decide the ideal place squares 8 and 9. Pay attention to the rows that feed into that square or row because you might rapidly fill in the gaps by eliminating one or both of the numbers.
- Look for any missing numbers.
Sudoku is a logical process of elimination where the goal is to place numbers where they do not already exist. A number cannot be inserted again if it already occupies a row or square. Your task is to continue to think and to look for chances to add numbers to empty cells. In a Sudoku puzzle, for instance, if the top row already has the digits 1, 7, 8, 5, 9, and 2, it signifies that the numbers 3, 4, and 6 are still needed. To rule out any of the three missing numbers, look in the adjacent rows.
- Avoid guessing as much as possible.
Sudoku doesn’t call for guesswork. You would be better off not guessing if you are unsure of whether a particular number belongs in a particular location.
- Keep going
Daily Sudoku encourages the “roving eye”; if you get stuck, try not to focus too intently on one particular area of the grid. Instead, observe whatever fresh ideas occur to you as your eyes and mind stray to a different location on the grid where you haven’t yet positioned any numbers.
- Keep reassessing
Asking oneself, “What changed?” after adding a new number to the Daily Sudoku grid is a good habit to get into. What have you learned as a result of entering that number? What happens in the adjacent squares, for instance, if you successfully set the number 5 in a horizontal row? Every time you put a number down, you have the chance to maybe put down more numbers in adjacent rows and squares (depending on which other numbers in those places are already known). One of the most satisfying features of playing Sudoku is that each step you take gets you closer to the answer.