If you are searching strategic advise but think that the tips below
sound too obvious, then you may find what you are looking for when
reading through the glossary
1. Phase 1: when placing
the pieces on the board, make sure that you put enough of them at
the edge and close to the DVONN pieces. In the beginning of a game
it is important to have pieces at the edge because you may not play
with the pieces that are surrounded at all 6 sides. Having pieces
close to the DVONN-pieces can be important to control them in a
later stage of the game.
2. Don't put too many of your pieces close
together. However, having a cluster of pieces in the centre of the
board may give you the opportunity to separate the piece on one
side of the board from the pieces on the other side. Sometimes that
can be very powerful - but only sometimes!
3. Phase 2: when making a move, you neutralize
an opponent's piece each time you play on top of one. A neutralized
piece is like a piece that is captured (it remains in play, indeed,
nonetheless it is one piece less for your opponent to play with).
4. Try to keep as many of your pieces mobile.
Keep in mind that the higher a stack gets, the more difficult it
becomes to move.
5. Be careful when your opponent is in
control of a DVONN piece. Check where he can go to with the DVONN
piece and how many of your pieces will have to be removed if he
moves it. If it is too dangerous, then try to immobilize the stack
by making it higher.
6. The last moves are very important. Often
the player with the most mobile pieces at the ending stage of the
game will eventually win. In other words: try to make your opponent
pass his turn before you must do so yourself.