Basic Othello Strategy


The goal of the game is to own the most board locations at the end of the game. One way to approach reaching this goal is to try and secure board locations that can't be recaptured by your opponent. Through analysis of the game and this approach in mind, one can verify that the idea of capturing key board locations is fundamental to winning. Below, I will demonstrate these locations and how they become a key factor in the winning of the game:
owncorners

twocorners
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Of course, this is only really effective if all the pieces on those two sides are owned by you. Regardless, the principle game strategy has now been introduced.


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