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Basic tips

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.

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