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Minél több lejátszott játék, s az egyre mélyebb gondolkodás után meglátod, hogy egy fantasztikus, magával ragadó játékot ismertél meg. Taktikai, stratégiai tanácsokat itt olvashatsz.

Azt tanácsoljuk, csak akkor menj tovább, ha elolvastad, s megértetted a Trax alapszabályait itt, vagy a Trax játékhoz kapott könyvecskében. Ebben a fejezetben fõképp a "hurok-fenyegetésekkel" fogunk foglalkozni.

Multiple Attacks

In this first advanced strategy guide, we will take a look at multiple attacks, starting with a recap of the L threat as described on page 13 of the booklet. You will then need to be on the lookout for these kinds of patterns appearing in your games and for chances to create them yourself.

The L Threat

basic L threatOne of the most basic ways in which to create two loop attacks at the same time is the L threat.

two red loop attacks Consider the position on the left. If White does not stop Red now, Red will be able to play a tile at the top right, creating a loop attack at the top and at the same time creating a forced space which, when filled, creates another loop attack on the right.

Once the position in the right-hand diagram has been reached, no matter which loop White defends against, Red will always be able to close the other loop and win the game.

The Long L

The only difference between the long L threat (shown below left) and the basic L threat above is the second tile from the right. If it is not defended against by White, Red can activate this threat in a similar way to the basic L, see below right.

If White then prevents the small red loop on the right from being completed, Red will be able to play a straight above the second from left tile at the top and forced plays will then complete a slightly bigger red loop.

long L threat

The Edge Threat

Get one step ahead by creating a loop attack at the same time as an L threat:

basic edge threat

It is Red's turn in the position above. All that Red needs to do to force a win is to play a curve at the top left:

loop threat and L threat

White has to stop the loop threat on the left, after which Red can convert the L threat into two red loop threats, which cannot both be defended at the same time, thus winning Red the game:

two red loop threats

Is that as far as it goes?

An L threat is also known as a two stage attack because if it is not defended against immediately, it takes two more turns to win from it. An edge threat is a type of three stage attack because it requires three turns to win from it - the first is the one that sets up the loop attack and simultaneous L threat, the other two are the steps needed to complete victory from the L threat itself.

Multiple attacks need not end there though - once you have understood how to create two loop attacks at the same time (i.e. an L threat) and a loop attack and an L threat at the same time (i.e. an edge threat), there is nothing to stop you creating a loop attack or an L threat at the same time as an edge threat if the opportunity arises ... try it for yourself!


These hints alone will make you a much better Trax player, once you start to recognise these patterns and any opportunities you get to create them.

Want to know even more?

Getting to grips with L threats and edge threats should be plenty to keep you going for now, but we may well add notes about other aspects of Trax strategy once in a while in order to help improve your Trax skills even further.

In the meantime, if you just cannot wait to find out a bit more about the mysteries of Trax, the website run by the 10-time World Trax Champion and huge Trax enthusiast Donald Bailey is a great Trax resource and includes plenty more strategy advice from the person who is better qualified to offer it than anyone else!