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Reversi Tips And Tricks

Think Ahead

The ability to think 2 to 3 moves ahead of your opponent is critical in becoming a better Reversi player. But just like in chess, if you don’t know what you’re looking for it doesn’t do you much good. It’s important to know where the high value squares are on a reversi board in order to fight for those squares the most.

Corners

The four corners of the board are by far the most valuable squares on the board as once captured, they can never be taken away from you since they can’t be flanked on two side. You should always do everything possible to capture a corner and do everything possible to prevent your opponent from getting one.

Edges

The next most valuable squares on the board are the edges since they only can be flanked on two sides, they are easier to maintain control of and allow you to capture lots of tiles be flanking far across the entire board.

Square Value

This leads to our final point about square value, the closer you get to the edges or corners, the more valuable the squares become since they have a higher potential flanking power. This makes sense as the innermost squares are given away as the starting position, the further out you go the more valuable the squares become.

Traps

Trying to force your opponent to place a tile in a certain location so that you can come back on your turn with a large capture of pieces is what is known as a trap in Reversi. As you play the game more and more you’ll get used to setting good traps for your opponent.

To understand traps, you also have to understand the concept of mobility. You want to maximize your potential moves and always try to minimize the number of moves your opponent can make. This forces them down the road of traps easier and allows you to avoid them yourself. When playing pieces, always think about whether or not that’s going to increase your potential moves on your next turn and decrease your opponent’s options.

Parity

The board can be broken down into sections and as play progresses, you’ll see certain sections filling up. You can count the remaining open squares in a section and if it’s odd, you play in that section first forcing your opponent to be the first one to play outside of that section. Understanding if the squares outside of that region are good or bad will allow you to decide if you want to force your opponent to be the first one there or yourself. Understanding parity is an advanced level idea and takes many games to master. This is truly what separates the novices from the experts.