# Intermediate Sudoku Solving Techniques – Part 4: More Multi-Direction Solutions

Solving Sudoku puzzles is an exercise in patience, vision, pattern recognition, and a bit of luck. The more time you spend solving Sudoku puzzles, the better you will get at spotting opportunities within the grid, and finding ways to uncover clues from unexpected places. Playing Sudoku gives you a sense of vision and anticipation that is uniquely satisfying – the best Sudoku players can build momentum and think a few steps ahead, just like chess players. Continue reading..

# Intermediate Sudoku Solving Techniques Part 3: Solving from Multiple Directions

Sudoku has become one of the world’s most popular puzzle games because of the complexity and mental satisfaction that comes from solving Sudoku puzzles. But if you’re ready to move past the basic Sudoku solving techniques and develop more advanced skills, this article is for you. One of the best ways to get better at solving Sudoku puzzles is to learn to look at the Sudoku grid more broadly – by finding opportunities from multiple directions at once. Continue reading..

# Intermediate Sudoku Solving Techniques – Part 2: Three Rows at a Time

Once you’re past the “Sudoku beginner” stage, it’s time to ramp up your Sudoku solving skills with some more advanced techniques. Another more advanced Sudoku technique is to focus on part of the grid – just three rows at a time – and methodically work through the numbers 1 through 9 to see if there are any opportunities to solve empty spaces. This technique is important because it enables you to stay clear-headed and focused, and not get distracted by diverting your attention all over the grid. It gives you a repeatable, methodical process for solving Sudoku puzzles. Let’s see how it works. Continue reading..

# Intermediate Sudoku Solving Techniques – Part 1: Looking for Number Pairs

Solving Sudoku puzzles is a fun mental challenge because this seemingly simple game of nine numbers and 81 spaces is actually filled with nearly infinite complexity. Once you’ve mastered some of the basic Sudoku techniques, if you’re looking for a more advanced challenge, you can use some more complex techniques for solving Sudoku puzzles. Continue reading..

# Sudoku Tips and Tricks: Getting a Fast Start

In the early days of Sudoku, the game was played entirely with pen and paper, making for a leisurely experience. Sitting at the breakfast table, with a coffee in one hand and a pen in the other, Sudoku players would work through a puzzle slowly, enjoying every discovery. Oh, how the world has changed! Online Sudoku is as much about how quickly you can solve Sudoku puzzles as it is about enjoying the process of filling in the board. Continue reading..

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – A Complete Walkthrough, Part 4

In the prior article in this series on how to solve Sudoku puzzles, we had made a few breakthroughs and successfully solved nearly 2/3 of the entire grid. Now let’s see what we can do to keep building on this success. Continue reading..

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – A Complete Walkthrough, Part 3

In the previous article in this series on how to solve Sudoku puzzles, we solved 1/3 of the grid using process of elimination and paying attention to which numbers were missing, and then tying up the loose ends and finishing up where our thought process led us. Now it’s time to look to some different parts of the grid and see what we can see. Continue reading..

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – A Complete Walkthrough, Part 2

In the previous article in this series, we showed how to get started at solving Sudoku puzzles by searching the grid for “low-hanging fruit” and using simple process of elimination skills to identify which numbers need to go in which empty spaces. Continue reading..

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – A Complete Walkthrough, Part 1

One of the best ways to learn how to play Sudoku is to watch the step-by-step analysis and process of making decisions in solving an actual Sudoku puzzle. Sudoku is a fascinating game because it combines simple elements (only the number 1 through 9) with infinite possible combinations of how those numbers are arranged – leading to deep complexity and hours of fun and challenge.

To get better acquainted with the rules of Sudoku and basic Sudoku strategies, follow along with this step-by-step guide to solving a Sudoku puzzle: Continue reading..

# Are You Solving Sudoku Puzzles this Way? There’s a Better Approach – Part 3

In the final video in this series, the Sudoku Professor explains 2 more reasons why the “brute force” method is so difficult to use. He then goes on to explain a better way to solve your Sudoku puzzles. Specifically, he introduces us to the “column elimination” technique. Continue reading..

# How to Play Sudoku: Beyond the Basics

If you have already watched our video on how to play Sudoku for beginners, you already have a good understanding of the basic rules of the game. But, there is so much more to learn about Sudoku. In this video, we will start to take a look at some of the more intermediate techniques that you can use to take your Sudoku skills to the next level. Continue reading..

# 3 Wild and Crazy Stories About People Playing Sudoku

Sudoku is a seemingly simple game of placing numbers in empty spaces on a 9×9 grid – but this straightforward game has led to some rather extreme examples of people going all out to play Sudoku. Some people joke about being “Sudoku addicts,” but it’s true – the game can be so incredibly compelling that some people can’t stop playing Sudoku, even when they know that they really should stop. Continue reading..

# Have There Ever Been TV Shows for People to Play Sudoku on TV? You Might be Surprised!

Sudoku has become one of the most popular puzzle games in the world, and as part of the Sudoku craze a few years ago it was perhaps inevitable that Sudoku would end up on TV. Instead of being confined to a solitary activity of playing Sudoku online or in Sudoku books, Sudoku TV game shows made it possible for people to see Sudoku being played on live TV.

Here are a few of the Sudoku TV game show concepts that have appeared on TV over the years: Continue reading..

# Why Sudoku is a Great Puzzle Game for Business Travelers

Business travel is one of those things that people tend to love or hate – some people enjoy getting out of the office and out of the house and enjoy seeing new scenery in new cities; other people dislike the hassles of travel and dread the hours spent waiting in airports. One challenge of business travel is that it can be stressful – you have all of the expectations of your regular job, but with the added pressure of having to get up earlier than usual to catch a flight, find your way around a new city, and perhaps take clients out for dinner and drinks after a long day of travel and work. Continue reading..

# Why Sudoku is Popular with Celebrities

Sudoku is one of the world’s most popular brain games, but it’s not just for “brainiacs” – lots of popular celebrities also love to play Sudoku. Several prominent actors, musicians and politicians have been interviewed talking about how much they love to play Sudoku. If you’re wondering who are some of the celebrity Sudoku players, here are a few of their stories: Continue reading..

# What Are Some Characteristics of Sudoku Champions?

Sudoku is one of the world’s most popular puzzle games, but many Sudoku players might be wondering, “who are the best Sudoku players in the world?” Out of all of the millions of people playing Sudoku on their morning commutes or at their desks or on their phones, how do the best of the best rise to the top? Where are they from? What do they do for a living? What did they study in school? Continue reading..

# Are You Solving Sudoku Puzzles this Way? There’s a Better Approach – Part 2

One of the reasons that people are so frustrated when they start to learn Sudoku is that they use the “brute force” method. The good news is that there is a better way. Sudoku doesn’t have to be frustrating or tedious. Join the Sudoku Professor as he explains how to solve beginner and intermediate Sudoku puzzles the fun and easy way.

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles from Multiple Directions at Once

Many beginner Sudoku players solve Sudoku puzzles by looking at one number at a time, one square at a time or one row or column at a time – but if you want to get better at solving Sudoku puzzles, you need to develop a broader view and learn how to eliminate numbers from multiple rows, columns or squares at the same time. This article will show you how.  Continue reading..

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles by Thinking Ahead

Many Sudoku beginners treat Sudoku like a one-step-at-a-time linear game – first you find the right number for this missing space, then the next, then the next, and so on until you’re done. But a more advanced understanding of Sudoku shows that some of the most successful Sudoku players know how to solve Sudoku puzzles by thinking ahead. Continue reading..

# Are You Solving Sudoku Puzzles this Way? There’s a Better Approach – Part 1

At Sudoku.com, we are always looking for new ways to help you to improve your Sudoku skills. So, I am so excited to let you know that the Sudoku Professor himself has agreed to share some of his tips, just with you.

In this first in a series of three videos, the Sudoku Professor shows us a common, but ultimately frustrating, way of solving Sudoku.  Continue reading..

# Sudoku Rules for Beginners

If you’re just getting started with Sudoku, it can be difficult to get a no-nonsense description of exactly how to play the game. That’s why we decided to create this video to walk through.

# How to Play Sudoku for Beginners – a Video Tutorial

At Sudoku.com, our goal is to give you the best possible Sudoku experience. Not only do we want to give you a great gaming experience, but, we also want to help you to be the best Sudoku player that you can be. That’s why we’ve started to create a series of Sudoku video tutorials. Our first video tutorial walks through the basics of how to play Sudoku for Continue reading..

# How to Get Fresh Inspiration for Solving Sudoku Puzzles

Sudoku is a fun, compelling, stimulating and captivating game – but sometimes even the most enthusiastic Sudoku solvers find themselves feeling “stuck.” If you’re having trouble finding solutions to your latest Sudoku challenge, or if your eyes are starting to glaze over from too many hours of filling spaces on the Sudoku grid, perhaps it’s time to look for a source of fresh inspiration. Continue reading..

# Why Pay for Sudoku When You Can Play Free Sudoku Games?

Sudoku has quickly become one of the most popular puzzle games in the world, but in the “old days” before the spread of smartphones and mobile devices, most people had to play Sudoku on paper. A few years ago, if you wanted to play Sudoku, you had to buy a newspaper with daily Sudoku puzzles or pay for a book of Sudoku puzzles.

Today, it’s possible to play free Sudoku games online. The idea of paying for Sudoku seems rather strange when there are so many great free Sudoku games online. Here are a few reasons why free Sudoku games are such a wonderful choice to keep your brain stimulated: Continue reading..

# Sudoku Strategy for Beginners

If you’re new to playing Sudoku, it might seem like a confusing and complicated game – a 9 x 9 grid where you have to place all 9 numbers in each row, column or square without repeating any? How is a Sudoku newbie supposed to figure out how to navigate this game?

# Why is Sudoku One of the Most Popular Games for Seniors?

Sudoku is a game of logic, problem solving and spotting patterns – it’s a true “brain game” that helps stimulate people’s cognitive abilities and gives the satisfaction of accomplishing a difficult puzzle. Sudoku has become wildly popular all over the world with people of all ages, but one of the age groups where Sudoku is most popular is with seniors.

Why is Sudoku such a popular game for seniors? Here are a few reasons:

# Sudoku Rules for Complete Beginners

Are you new to Sudoku and wondering how to get started with understanding Sudoku rules? Although Sudoku appears at first glance to be a complicated game, Sudoku rules are actually quite simple and based on a framework of deductive reasoning, logic, and process of elimination. Here is the complete beginner’s guide to Sudoku rules: Continue reading..

# Why is Playing Sudoku so Popular?

In the past 10 years, Sudoku has taken the world by storm to become one of the most popular online puzzle games, played by millions of people all over the globe. There are many reasons why Sudoku has become such a popular game: Continue reading..

# Sudoku for Kids – 5 Reasons to Introduce Your Children to Sudoku

Sudoku is one of the most popular puzzle games in the world, played by millions of people of all ages. Although Sudoku is especially well known as a “brain game” that studies have suggested might help older adults reduce their risk of dementia, the game is also becoming more popular with younger players. Many parents want to introduce their children to Sudoku in the hope that it might help them do better in school, improve their attention span or increase their ability to recognize details. Continue reading..

# What Actually Happens at a Sudoku World Championship?

The 2013 World Sudoku Championship recently took place in Beijing. The Sudoku World Championship is the highest level of competition, where the best Sudoku players from around the world try to solve Sudoku puzzles as quickly as possible. What happens at a Sudoku World Championship, and what can Sudoku players learn about how to improve their Sudoku skills?

# 4 Reasons Sudoku is One of the Best Puzzle Games

Sudoku has become a global phenomenon, selling millions of copies of Sudoku puzzle books and online games, and sparking a 700% increase in pencil sales in 2006 in the UK (during the immediate early years of the Sudoku craze). Millions of people all over the world love to play Sudoku puzzles. But what is it about this simple grid of numbers that makes Sudoku one of the best puzzle games? Continue reading..

# 4 Things Sudoku Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Success

Sudoku is one of the most popular games in the world, played by millions of people. This seemingly simple game of reasoning and logic has become a global phenomenon, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.

# 3 Reasons Why Playing Sudoku is so Much Fun

Sudoku has become one of the most popular puzzle games in the world, but what exactly is it about playing Sudoku that people find to be so much fun? Sudoku is a relatively simple game of placing missing numbers in the correct spaces on a grid – so why is the game of Sudoku so engrossing and addictive? What is it that makes Sudoku so much fun, so that people want to play Sudoku daily?

# Sudoku Lessons from World Champion Thomas Snyder

Thomas Snyder is an American Sudoku master who has won multiple world championships in Sudoku. In this video, he discusses the mindset and thought processes that he uses to solve Sudoku puzzles. Here are a few lessons that we can learn from how world champion Thomas Snyder approaches Sudoku puzzles:

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – Real Tips and Advice (Part 1)

Sudoku is one of the most popular online puzzle games in the world, and many people want to know how to solve Sudoku puzzles. In this article, we’ll show you step-by-step advice and insights using a real Sudoku puzzle.

Here is a real “Beginner” level Sudoku grid from Sudoku.com that illustrates several key strategies for solving Sudoku puzzles. We’ll walk through the process of solving this puzzle to Continue reading..

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – Real Tips and Advice (Part 2)

This is part 2 of our “How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – Real Tips and Advice” series. If you haven’t already, please start by reading part 1.

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – Real Tips and Advice (Part 3)

This is part 3 of our “How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – Real Tips and Advice” series. If you haven’t already, please start by reading part 1.

# How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – Real Tips and Advice (Part 4)

This is part 4 of our “How to Solve Sudoku Puzzles – Real Tips and Advice” series. If you haven’t already, please start by reading part 1.

In our last article, we had completed 6 out of 9 squares of the Sudoku grid and were almost ready to solve the puzzle. Continue reading..

# 5 Sudoku Tips for Absolute Beginners

Sudoku is one of the world’s most popular puzzle games, spreading from its origins in Japan to become a regular part of everyday life for millions of Sudoku enthusiasts all over the world. If you’re new to Sudoku and want to learn some helpful Sudoku tips, here are a few examples of how you can raise your game at Sudoku:

Look for the easy play first: When you first start to play a Sudoku puzzle, look for where you have the easiest opportunities to add a number. Usually this is where there is a crowded square or a row that is almost full of numbers. Sometimes, especially on the Easy-rated Sudoku puzzles, you can quickly use process of elimination to figure out where to place a number. For example, if there is a square that already has numbers 1-7, you know that you Continue reading..

# The History of Sudoku

Sudoku is one of the most popular puzzle games in the world, played and enjoyed by millions of people for its simple rules and complex problem-solving challenges. But how did Sudoku develop to this point?

# 5 Reasons to Play Sudoku

During the past 10 years, Sudoku has emerged as one of the most popular puzzle games in the world, with millions of Sudoku books sold, and millions of people playing Sudoku online or via mobile apps. This simple-looking grid of numbers seems like an unlikely source of so much excitement – so, why is Sudoku so popular? Why do people love to play Sudoku? What is the unique appeal of this number game? Continue reading..