9. Tips on Game Play

Capturing moves are neither inherently bad nor good moves. While it is true that the fewer the pieces you have, the fewer you need to connect, it is also true that if your opponent has more pieces, it is easier for them to block you from connecting. Keep both of these aspects of capturing in mind when deciding whether to do so.

Try to block your opponent’s pieces so that they cannot connect, while at the same time not letting your pieces get blocked.

Try to connect your pieces in multiple ways. If you connect your pieces in a straight line, it is easy for your opponent to break the connection by capturing a single piece.

It is generally a good idea to try to control the center of the board. Bear in mind that control may be fleeting if you move to the center too soon -- it will be easy for your opponent to capture pieces in the center at the beginning of the game.