# A Well-outlined Sudoku Strategy for All the Novices Out There

To solve a puzzle like Sudoku at a rapid pace, one needs the right strategy to begin with. Here are basic tips for beginners, who wish to master solving this addictive puzzle game.

Omkar Phatak

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2018

Strategy For Beginners

Loners Are the Easiest to Lick

Solving this puzzle is like solving a jigsaw puzzle. Every piece here, is a number and it needs to be placed according to the rules, by observing the squares that are filled before. Every square can be filled with any of the numbers from 1 to 9.

Go for One Square At a Time

Once you eliminate the loners, next go after one square at a time. Observe the row, column, and box associated with every square. All the numbers that have been filled in that row, column, and box, can be safely eliminated.

Keep a List of Possible Choices

There will be squares for which the number choices are difficult to eliminate. Make a list of these numbers for every square. It will help you in eliminating choices later.

Every Filled Square Reduces Uncertainty

Every filled square eliminates choices for other squares and decreases the uncertainty. Check if filling any square reduces the choices from the list, which you make for every square. These simple strategies will make it easy for you to solve Sudoku. As you graduate to tougher grids, you'll develop your own advanced strategies from experience.