The Double-Ended Trapping Trio Trick

Here's a powerful strategy we may use to support a team of 3 pieces. When used in the manner described here they will have 2 options for a deadly double-capture. So be sure to master this variation of a double-capture strategy.

The three are positioned something like 2 tandems in one. Two pieces (higher and lower pieces) are on 2 vertically successive side squares and the third (middle piece) occupies the square adjoining both diagonally and on the second row. Now, let's say that two enemy pieces in tandem (a leading and rear piece) are in line diagonally with our middle and lower pieces, separated only by a single unoccupied space we shall call a junction square. On another diagonal line intersecting the first diagonal line at the junction square is another enemy piece in line vertically with out middle piece. It's our turn to act.

What happens is that we move our middle piece towards the leading piece of the enemy to offer a forced capture. So the middle piece is now directly facing both the leading piece of the enemy and the other piece on the other diagonal line. The opponent is now faced with 2 choices: capture our middle piece with the enemy leading piece or the piece on the other diagonal line. Both options would seem harmless to an untrained eye. Fact is, there's a hidden double-ended double-capture strategy looming within.

If the opponent decides to capture with the piece on the other diagonal line, it will fall directly in front our higher piece, which will capture it in turn and also double-capture the leading piece of the enemy. If the opponent opts to capture with the leading piece it lands right in front our lower piece which will in turn capture it and also double-capture the other enemy piece along the other diagonal line. Thus, whatever piece the enemy chooses in responding to our forced capture here, even taking different directions, the opponent falls victim to our double-ended strategy.

A key to having this applied often is to always group our pieces in trios. We are given 12 pieces at the start of the game. If we group them in three pieces each we will have 4 groups in all. Imagine 4 groups each with the potential of doing a double-ended strategy. Grouping them in trios gives them better chances of crowning, too.

A double-capture strategy with double-ended attacks is a powerful weapon to stun the enemy with. We should often do it.

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