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Formations – The Diagonal

Formations – The Diagonal

The second formation we'll discuss is the Diagonal.  In a vacuum, the Diagonal doesn't seem powerful at all.  It is prone to a double jump threat, and it doesn't present an immediate danger to the opposition.  However, when building an attack, or establishing a...

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Formations – the Line

Formations – the Line

As you play Stymie more and more, you'll come to realize that formations are essential to any plan of attack, and also the backbone of any strong defensive position.  That is how you develop your pieces in this game.  Better players will learn to create combinations...

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Threats and Counter Threats

Threats and Counter Threats

Many times when playing Stymie, a player will be faced with an attack that will leave him totally devastated if his opponent is able to execute his plan.  In the game illustrated in today's post, at first glance, the board looks fairly even, as both players have 6...

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Stymie Openings

Stymie Openings

I'll preface this entry with an introduction on how to use annotation for Stymie and how the pieces move.  If you are looking at the board and the logo is in the lower right corner, the space in the lower left corner is A1.  The space in the upper right corner is G7. ...

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Stymie

Stymie

The idea for Stymie started forming totally unexpectedly one night at a Dave and Buster's in Dallas in 1988. I was working as a bellman at the Marriott Mandalay in Las Colinas Texas, and a group of co-workers was heading there after work one night and a girl I was...

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