Sudoku lessons from world champion Thomas Snyder

Sudoku lessons from world champion Thomas Snyder

Sudoku is like science

Thomas Snyder works at Stanford University at the Biomechanical research laboratory, his researches are focused on the DNA grid and the “automated science” at the lowest level. Thomas says, that he uses the same processes while solving Sudoku puzzles as in his researches. He says that Sudoku is like science – “you start from scratch”. Going through momentary successes, working with what you have and that you don’t know. You need to develop methods, which you need to follow in order to make progress. Snyder says that in science you need to make series of small experiments or chemical reactions, which will lead you to a certain point. The same goes with the Sudoku puzzles, they require you to start from the scratch and the more you learn, the closer you are to solving the whole problem.

When solving Sudoku puzzles you have to be methodical

Snyder says that we need to look at a puzzle through a strict and methodical way of thinking. Instead of focusing only on a part of the grid, we need to continue searching opportunities on places that we haven’t checked yet. You need to examine the whole Sudoku grid, to find out where you’re making progress and where you’re not.

Sudoku requires everyday practice

Thomas Snyder practices Sudoku puzzles solving everyday, as this is the first thing he does in the morning. He says that solving puzzles everyday, is like the need of morning coffee and it helps the brain to “wake up”.

Keep calm

Snyder shares that when he’s on a Sudoku Championship, even when the tension from the competition is a lot, he tries to keep himself calm and recalls that Sudoku is for fun and should stay in the area “ it’s fun, amateur hobby, not a job”. If solving Sudoku puzzles have become frustrating or you feel stuck, just take a break. Sit in a comfortable chair when solving puzzles. Find few minutes to drink water, take a snack or go for a walk. If you feel rested, you can go back to the puzzles.

Thomas Snyder shares that he feels like there is something unique about how his brain works and puts him in position of success in the Sudoku Championship at a very high level. It doesn’t matter if you’re not born with the talent in solving Sudoku puzzles, Snyder believes that everyone can improve their skills through more practice, being methodical while adapting to the process of solving Sudoku puzzles.