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Subject: Basic strategy. From the author himself rss

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Eamon Bloomfield
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Here a few general points of strategy. The passable hexes in the centre of the board are clearly the most important, and it is vital to obtain control of these as soon as possible. ‘Control’ in this sense means having your pieces in a position so they can use the opening whilst your opponent is blocked from doing so. Once achieved, the controlling pieces should remain where they are for as long as they can. (A parallel can be drawn here to strategy when blocking pockets in a game of pool.)

The game can be divided into two main parts:
(a) The Opening. Both players try for control and generally jockey for position.
(b) The Endgame. One player decides he has the advantage and makes a break, starting a race to the finish. During the endgame players should think very carefully as to which is the quickest method of getting their pieces home. The winning margin is rarely more than a couple of moves, so one mistake can cost the game. It is possible (though rare) that a player gets himself into a position where he is completely unable to get his pieces home, however long he takes!

The game shows, rather surprisingly, an advantage to the second player. This however seems very slight and could, of course, be overcome by the usual method of playing an even number of games and alternating who starts.
 
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