As could be read in the Editorial about playing ZÈRTZ with
"... First there was Yoshi Ikkai (J).
He played several games per day for a period of four months and
came up with the strategy of repositioning the marbles on the board
by making sacrifices. His point of departure was simple: I can give
whatever I want as long as the pay off will bring me closer to victory
than my opponent. He showed his method of playing ZÈRTZ to
Stephen Tavener (GB); he stuffed Stephen with 11 marbles to capture
4 white marbles himself. A hit! Stephen, amazed by Yoshi's approach
of the game, got into practising long sequences of moves and went
one step further: he specialized in combining capturing by jumping
with capturing by isolation and, even more significant, he launched
the sacrifice to prevent the opponent from getting "sente"
(the initiative). This sacrifice concerns giving more than what
you get yourself, with the purpose to remain in turn."
You want to know more about how
Stephen Tavener's approaches a game of ZÈRTZ ?
Then read the article
he wrote about his strategies. It
was initially published in four parts in Abstract
Games, a fantastic magazine that is completely focussed
on - as you may have guessed - abstract games.
Tip: use Michael Reitz's ZF1
for analizing positions on a ZÈRTZ board! Very easy to download,
very practical to work with.