One Choice Method - Basic Solving Sudoku Technique


One-Choice, or Sole Candidate, or Only Candidate, or Naked Single

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One-Choice, or Sole Candidate, or Only Candidate, or Naked Single:

An empty square can only be filled with a number because all other numbers are taken in its row, column, or box.

Below is an example of using One-Choice(a.k.a. Sole Candidate, or Naked Single) to fill R1C1 (the square in the first row and the first column).

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For the empty square R1C1 (the square in the first row and the first column), number 5 is its only choice because

How to find them?

Scan the boxes (or rows, columns) which has many numbers filled. When you see such a box, check every empty square in this box to see whether it has only one candidate left. If it is, you can fill this empty square with this only candidate.



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Basic Solving Sudoku Method: One Choice

a.k.a Sole Candidate, Only Candidate, or Naked Single

Basic Solving Sudoku Method: Elimination

a.k.a Hidden Single, Loner

Advanced Solving Sudoku Method: Subset2

a.k.a Pair, Naked Pair, or Naked Twins

Advanced Solving Sudoku Method: SubsetPosition2

a.k.a Hidden Pair or Hidden Twins

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Advanced Solving Sudoku Method: Interaction

a.k.a Box/Row Claim or Intersection , or Locked Candidates

Solving Sudoku Methods Explained

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