Dvonn is one of the most elegant pure strategy games ever created. I am a top Dvonn player and this board is used to give advanced strategy tips for players.
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Playing black against Mr. Greedy I have a critical decision to make. I chose not to recapture the Dvonn, but instead did e4-c4. I think this was a mistake. I ended up losing the game. Should I have recaptured the Dvonn?
Mr. Greedy (white) has lost control of the rightmost Dvonn. You might think that the leftmost 3 protects this Dvonn, but you would be wrong. Why?
White (Mr. Greedy) only has two good moves to play against me and probably win. Find the two moves. Spoiler alert: The two moves are e4-c4 and f4-c4.
Nasty decision for white. I considered unusual moves like g1-i1. h4-j4 fails with black's response g2-j2.
I'm white playing two very aggressive games with Mr. Unbeatable (black). I love this unusual move.
What an interesting set-up between the two top ranked players on LittleGolem. I'm playing white and much prefer my set-up. Mr. Unbeatable is playing black and he probably feels his set-up is superior ;-)
I'm playing black against Morten Mertner and I'm in trouble. There are some reasonable moves... can you find them? i2-g2... c4-c2... e4-g4. Unfortunately - nothing is convincing...
Canadian Ace (white) wins the 26th championship if he wins this game. What's the right move? Almost surely d1-f3 with the natural follow-up f3-i3.
Black's correct moves in this game to decide if Canadian Ace (white) wins the 26th championship are b2-d2 or f4-i4.
Canadian Ace grabs a Dvonn against Morten Mertner. How does black respond? b2-d2 will make any jump with the Dvonn painful for white, but would end up with white jumping c2-c4 which makes the jittery top stable. c4-d4 looks best.
What's the best move for white?Canadian Ace (white) will win the twenty sixth Dvonn championship if he can win this game. Spoiler alert is not necessary as the position is complex. I don't like c5-c4 because it does not address the top being too teeteringly heavily white. I was immediately drawn to h5-j5 to try seal up that vital corner. I was secondarily attracted to the move that was made by CanadianAce: a1-b1. This move has two natural and vital follow-ups b2-c3 and b2-d3.
Find the simple win for white.
The game is lost for Mr. Greedy (black), but my next move was pivotal. It is very easy to think that the best move is e4-e3. No doubt the game would be won with that devastating undercut. Less obvious is d2-e2. Why is it so good? Because it protects a secret resource - c3 by making sure that b2 can't move.
Mr. Greedy (black) needs to play d5-d4 - losing the piece on c5, but gaining some initiative. A future move must include b3-e3 to make the only use possible of that weak piece. As white, I must admit that at this point I was only considering moving the Dvonn on d3 to f3. I knew I could force this - so it was not a surprising focus, but I should have looked for other, hidden strengths.
Mr.Greedy (black) struggles after a poor set-up. White has a few good moves. Find the best. spoiler alert... c2-c4 creates an urgent problem for black. If it is not taken, white will follow up with c4-f4 which leaves c5 and b5 hanging. If c4 is recaptured by c5-c4 white maintains the initiative and has let black create a stack that can only be cannibalistic with c4-g4.
Mr. Greedy (black) gives Dvonn control to me in exchange for considerable influence along the edge. How should white attack? spoiler alert... b4-b3 is the perfect attack. It does two things. 1) It creates a weak stone at c5. 2) It keeps the initiative by threatening b3-b1. Black is immediately on the defensive.