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The Deadly Double Captures Strategy

Capturing two enemy pieces on a single turn is a fatal strategy to use against the enemy. Using a double-capture tactic successfully reveals a lot of things about us to our opponent. Aside from eliminating a lot of enemy pieces it has a psychological effect as well.

Double-capture means our capturing piece jumps over (and captures) two enemy pieces during the same turn. It also means that in a single turn the enemy loses 2 precious pieces. This is crucial because each player has only 12 pieces to play with. If we just make 2 double-captures the enemy is left with 8 pieces. Think what happens with 3, which often occurs in the game. It can demolish enemy defense easily and quickly.

A basic double-capture instance is when two enemy pieces are standing together along the same diagonal line with an unoccupied square behind the last piece. And then, one of our pieces is within effective range for a double-capture, that is, a square away from the first enemy piece. If the first enemy piece moves toward and occupies the square in front our piece we can make a double-capture of the two enemy pieces.

We might think, who would fall victim to such very obvious double-capture tactic? Believe it or not, many players fail to notice situations like this in actual play and a lot of them really commit the mistake of opening up their pieces for a double-capture move.

Double-captures are deadlier than multiple captures because they have more odds of happening in a game than multiple ones. When 2 or 3 double captures have happened there aren't much enemy pieces left for multiple captures. Moreover, double captures are simpler and easier to execute on the board because openings leading to their incidence develop more often.

Once we successfully perpetrate a double-capture the enemy sees our skill level and may become intimidated. This psychological effect on the enemy would disturb the opponent's play and can result to more mistakes that may lead to more double-captures.

A more intimidating double-capture is when we are able to land safely on a square where no threat exists and other allies even support us. The opponent tends to play tightly and be less aggressive. We should take advantage of this.

A double-capture tactic is a good way of hastening the elimination of enemy pieces and demoralizing the enemy. It often forces the enemy to be too defensive and retreat instead of move forward towards the goal.

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