3.1. Game strategy

The types of strategies

The strategy is a way to achieve a result in the game. Players tend to win or to draw. Typically the player chooses an attacking strategy to win and a defensive strategy to draw.

The strategy also is chosen depending on own abilities and on the opponent's strength. If your opponent is stronger, then you should use a defensive strategy. If your opponent is less stronger, then you should use an attacking strategy. Against poorly known or equal opponent you should use the careful attack or defense.


Strategy in common situations

board logic game dots training strategy Free chains. Both players have the same position.

Such a situation is beneficial to the defending player. He builds impassable chain and brings them closer to the field edge, where they are difficult to encircle. The attacking player should launch an attack until the opponent's chains haven't grown much.

board logic game dots training strategy Abstract chains. Both players have the same position.

This situation is profitable to the attacking player. He should start the attack earlier and try to pass through the opponent's chains to create additional crossings. The defending player should fortify his chain or transform them to the abstract cluster.

board logic game dots training strategy Abstract clusters. Both players have the same position.

This situation is profitable for both players. The attacker can try to pass through the opponent's cluster and create additional crossings. The defending player controls a large area of the field that helps in the defense.

board logic game dots training strategy The struggle between chains without additional crossings. Both players have the same position.

Such situation is profitable to the defending player. He should try to increase the controlled area and make his chains impassable. The attacking player should launch an attack or try to create additional crossings.

board logic game dots training strategy Multi-crossing game without an advantage. Both players have the same position.

This situation is profitable to the attacking player. He must attack the weakest opponent's position. The defending player doesn't have to create an additional crossings and he needs to elongate his chains.

board logic game dots training strategy Multi-crossing game with an advantage. The blue player catches to the net more dots of opponent, so he has an advantage in score.

This situation is profitable to the player who has the advantage. He should start the defense. The losing player must attack the weakest opponent's dots.

board logic game dots training strategy Cautious attack with a goal to take the advantage at least in one dot. Then the leader starts to defense. The blue player catches to the net the opponent's dot.

This situation is profitable to the attacking player (blue player) because he is in little risk.

board logic game dots training strategy Acute attack during the struggle between chains. The red player tries to catch the blue dots into a net.

This situation is profitable to both players depending on the success of attack or defense.

board logic game dots training strategy Abstract attack. The red player attacks the blue chain.

This situation is profitable to both players depending on the success of attack or defense.

board logic game dots training strategy Global attack on the base (global attack against the blue player after he has encircled the center). The red player attacks the blue.

Global attack is profitable to the defending player because it is more difficult to perform the global encirclement than to protect against it. The defending player should try to land his base in places where it is easiest to do (near the field edge and where there are few opponent's dots). The attacking player must use abstract cluster and attack the places where it is easiest to defend. The defending player can give to bypass yourself in a few places but then successfully land the base in one place. The attacking player must successfully attack in all areas of the field to encircle the opponent's base.

board logic game dots training strategy Global attack with the game start. The blue player attacks the red.

This situation is profitable to the defending player because it is more difficult to perform the global encirclement than to protect against it. But in this case (in contrast to the case when the defending player took the field center) the dots of the defending player are further away from the field edge. Therefore this situation is easier to the attacking player than global attack on the base.

Next lesson: strategy selection