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How to play faster?

Postby wcaclimbing on Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:23 pm

I'd like to think I'm pretty good at sudoku, but I'm losing pretty consistently to players who finish in less than half the time I do.
Do any of you have advice on how I could solve it faster? Is it down to just learning the rules better, or what?
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby WaterlooMathie on Tue Apr 28, 2009 12:34 am

You could try thinking several steps ahead... like you would if you were to play speed chess.

You could also use the number pad on the side of your keyboard instead of the numbers that are above the letters on your keyboard. It makes entering in the numbers a lot more efficient and should make you less likely to input the wrong number by accident.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby lancehoch on Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:19 am

I would definitely take his advice.

My best advice would be to try not to use the pencil marks (more than one number in a cell) unless absolutely necessary. It takes a lot of time to go back and delete the extra numbers. Another strategy that I used to use, but realized was slow was looking at each number by itself. Now I go box by box or row by row and look at what is missing.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby gim_01 on Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:32 pm

lancehoch wrote:My best advice would be to try not to use the pencil marks (more than one number in a cell) unless absolutely necessary


I find this 'pencil mark' technique only really usful if you have 2 cells that can only be two different numbers.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby wcaclimbing on Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:34 pm

RIght now I'm going with checking everywhere to see if a 1 can go anywhere, then a 2, then a 3, ....
And filling in boxes and lines if they are almost full.

Its still slow, but at least I'm not coming in last every time.

How does that Waterloo guy go so fast? He can finish in under a minute and my best time is six...
His expert time is twice as good as my best Easy time...
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby wacicha on Fri May 01, 2009 7:13 pm

I don't know about that. I think what wc is saying is there may be some firefox apps out there . I have had a few beat me in under 2 and 3 minutes. Maybe I can see the 3 minutes but not under 2 minutes.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby wcaclimbing on Sat May 02, 2009 12:33 am

Lets say 1/2 of the squares are empty.
If we take Waterloo's best time, that means he is able to solve a box every 1.5 seconds.
I just don't understand how someone could be so amazingly fast.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby lancehoch on Sat May 02, 2009 9:27 am

wcaclimbing wrote:Lets say 1/2 of the squares are empty.
If we take Waterloo's best time, that means he is able to solve a box every 1.5 seconds.
I just don't understand how someone could be so amazingly fast.

My guess is that he is thinking at least three squares ahead.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby imturok on Sat May 02, 2009 1:18 pm

wcaclimbing wrote:Lets say 1/2 of the squares are empty.
If we take Waterloo's best time, that means he is able to solve a box every 1.5 seconds.
I just don't understand how someone could be so amazingly fast.

It takes me more than 1.5 seconds to : point at the square, click the mouse, look for the number on the keyboard, and then click the number.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby imturok on Sat May 02, 2009 1:21 pm

wcaclimbing wrote:I'd like to think I'm pretty good at sudoku, but I'm losing pretty consistently to players who finish in less than half the time I do.
Do any of you have advice on how I could solve it faster? Is it down to just learning the rules better, or what?


Play more often, Practice makes perfect.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby imturok on Sat May 02, 2009 1:23 pm

wcaclimbing wrote:Lets say 1/2 of the squares are empty.
If we take Waterloo's best time, that means he is able to solve a box every 1.5 seconds.
I just don't understand how someone could be so amazingly fast.


Maybe he/she/it is a BOT.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby lancehoch on Sat May 02, 2009 1:30 pm

imturok wrote:Maybe he/she/it is a BOT.

No, there was a Cheating & Abuse thread created to look at this user specifically. The site owner has confirmed that the user is manually solving all of the puzzles. I have also played this user two or three times and can say that from the way the progress bar increases, it does look to be a person and not a program/bot/solver.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby gim_01 on Sun May 03, 2009 8:38 pm

How fast a player is at this game has alot to do with natural ability. From the age of three onwards the brain starts to develop at an extreamly fast rate. Everyones brain develops slightly diffrenetly in a way that makes them unique. This uniqeness makes everyones brain does something that is better than the avearge person (maybe people thou don't know what their natural talent is).

What you are basically experiencing in here with those really, really fast players is that their brain is naturally wired up in a way that makes that person able to sift through the information on a sudoku card and decode it quicker than the average person.

Since this is a speed game this natural ability give a much higher advantage than the average 'turn based' online game. I fell this sort of thing can cause problems somewhere down the line where many players could practise for hours and still never be as fast as those who are 'wired' for such a game.

I think some kind of handicap system to even out the scoreboard should be considered so that while the top players won't loose their position but at least they can be challenged better than they can just now.
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby gauravkorde on Sun May 10, 2009 5:32 am

Guys the fastest player in classic sudoku on this planet can solve an easy one in as less as 37 seconds!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p4M9XV0lPY

These are his not-so-fast plays!! :|
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Re: How to play faster?

Postby gauravkorde on Wed May 20, 2009 7:21 am

so he (aka jaku111) has joined this site....!! hmm
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