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Hints

  1. In general, try to use your larger pieces (those with more dots) first. This will allow you to take up more room in branching out. Also, it becomes harder to place large pieces later in the game when the empty spaces become tighter, and you certainly don't want to be stuck with big unused pieces when it comes time for scoring.

  2. Try to block off as large an empty space as possible for yourself where none of your opponents can reach, and then keep expanding out from that section. At the end of the game you will have created your own niche into which you can retreat unimpeded while others are still fighting to lay down their remaining pieces.

  3. If your reserved space is too large, however, it becomes an optimal area for opponents to drop their third pillar to revive their color when they become cornered. Try to make sure all spaces within your area are within easy reach so that if a hostile pillar appears, you can block it off quickly.

  4. If you and your opponent have both sectioned off private areas for yourselves, consider placing your third pillar within that enemy territory and trying to expand in that space, even if you don't think you need it. This will use up the space that would otherwise be able to accommodate your opponent's pieces, and even if you know you already have the game won, you can do so with a larger margin of victory, which will matter if you are playing by the total score across multiple games.

(Ben Lee, University Games USA)