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Advanced Strategy for Nine Men's Morris

3. Advanced Strategy for Nine Menís Morris. Knowing the rules is only the first step. Your next move is to learn some strategies Ė and start outsmarting your opponent.

a. Intersections, Corners, and Sides. Maximum mobility is the key to success in Nine Men's Morris.

b. Placing Strategy. Going first gives you a slight advantage, because you can claim two intersections.

c. Moving Strategy. During the moving phase, try to predict where your opponent will try to make a string. Move your pieces into positions that block your opponent from making a string, but that allow you to form either a single string or double string on your next turn. When you make a string, capture the opponent's piece that is most likely to form a string on a subsequent turn.

Single String
When you form a string, simply move a piece out of the string, and then return it to the string on your next turn. This way, as long as your movement is not blocked, you can capture a piece every other turn!

Double String

When you can move a piece from one string and complete a second string, you have made a double string. Congratulations! Continue moving the piece back and forth between the two strings. It is very difficult to counter a double string, so do not let your opponent make one!


If you are reduced to only three pieces, you are allowed to jump to any open position. You can use this to your advantage, as you can win by jumping into and out of a string. The piece you jump out of the string should also be used to block your opponent from making a string. Be careful, though: Before you reduce your opponent to three pieces, make sure your opponent cannot jump into a string on the next turn to win the game.

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