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Stephen Tavener describes all that you need to know about Zertz strategy.
I'd like to call this the Zertz Bible: http://www.scat.demon.co.uk/zertz/strategy.htm

The key principles are: Setting up winning patterns, and brute force isolation.
Both is achieved by sacrifices (loads of them, sometimes - as long as they pay off...)
This is taught via a series of puzzles of increasing difficulty.

Note: the article's rules section describes the "small" winning
conditions, which no one uses for "serious" play. But the principles
taught apply all the same for regular winnining conditions - actually even more so.

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jmanders85 wrote:
Steven Tavener wrote:

The easiest way to win a game of Zertz is by focusing on white balls - you only need 3 white balls to win, as opposed to 4 grey, 5 black, or 2 of each (6 balls)


This is wrong, right?


Thanks for the kind words, Ed.

At the time I wrote the article (originally serialised in Abstract Games magazine), the standard rules were 3/4/5/2 of each, and 4/5/6/3 of each was the tournament game. When Zertz was reprinted, the tournament game became the standard game.

Note that the 3/4/5/2 game is still interesting, and is arguably better on the 37-ring board.
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Winning conditions

Personally, I'd always stick with 4/5/6/3, but I do understand the point
about the 37-ring board: Advanced players will realize a substantial
second player advantage, which could be decreased with the small
winning conditions.

But apart from having to remember two rulesets, this is kind of taming
the wild beast that really Zertz is. Here, things shall go old testamentary (ha!)
anyway.

Once you have mastered to actually use the second player advantage with
standard rules on a 37-ring board, your way to go is increasing board
size to 48, or 61 rings. That's where even more fun is at.

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The link to the guide isn't working anymore.

Does anyone know how to find that guide again please?
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ogreye77 wrote:
The link to the guide isn't working anymore.

Uh-oh, that's not good!

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Does anyone know how to find that guide again please?

I can view a snapshot of it via http://archive.org - see:
https://web.archive.org/web/20140216075929/http://www.scat.demon.co.uk/zertz/strategy.htm
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russ wrote:
ogreye77 wrote:
The link to the guide isn't working anymore.

Uh-oh, that's not good!

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Does anyone know how to find that guide again please?

I can view a snapshot of it via http://archive.org - see:
https://web.archive.org/web/20140216075929/http://www.scat.demon.co.uk/zertz/strategy.htm


I need to talk to my ISP, and find out what's going on... it may well be that the credit card they have on file has expired; but if so, I would have thought they would tell me!

I'll upload the files to my new web site - www.mrraow.com. Watch this space!
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New home:
http://mrraow.com/uploads/Articles/zertz/Strategy/strategy.h...
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Thank you very much Stephen
 
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