In this post I’ll go over some simple Sudoku strategy tips based on the main Sudoku rules. Sudoku is a simple yet entertaining logic game which anyone with a bit of spare time can enjoy. Though they vary in difficulty, the basic rules of Sudoku are the same and are easy to pick up.
The Sudoku grid is made up of 9 3×3 boxes which are arranged to make a 9×9 grid. (See diagram 1).
The main Sudoku rules:
1. The numbers 1-9 must all appear in each row, column and 3×3 box of the 9×9 grid.
2. The numbers 1 to 9 can only appear once in each row, column and 3×3 box of the 9×9 grid.
3. There is only one solution to a Sudoku puzzle.
By applying these rules it is possible to deduce and eliminate squares where a number a. couldn’t appear or b. could appear based on whether that number is already in the column, row, or 3×3 box.
This is an overview of the basic principles of Sudoku, which are relevant whether you are doing easy or advanced puzzles. In the next few posts, I will be working through a variety of Sudoku puzzles with a step by step guide on how to solve Sudoku.