How can I become a better Connect Four player?

I am good player at Connect Four and I want to become better.

One suggestion I found is:

The ideal position is to have two potential connect-fours that need a final checker on two spaces that are on top of each other. This will usually lead to a victory, because you can threaten in the first space. If the opponent fails to block, you win. If the opponent blocks, you play on top to win in the next space. A simple way to set this up is to make a "7" with your checkers, such that finishing the horizontal or diagonal connect-four on the right will be two spaces on top of each other.

Are there any other tips for improving my Connect Four play?

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Your last paragraph is literally word-for-word from the last suggestion at this website boardgames.about.com/od/strategygames/a/…. You should site any sources you use in your question. – SocioMatt Mar 27 '13 at 14:14
Is it possible to become better at playing a solved game? – Tacroy Mar 27 '13 at 16:28
@Tacroy, Yes, by actually learning the solution & then remembering it at game time. – Colin D Mar 27 '13 at 16:55
@Tacroy - Of course. Just because it's been solved doesn't mean that you've solved it (or can solve it), or that your opponent has perfect play. – ire_and_curses Mar 27 '13 at 17:54

Connect 4 is a solved game. Memorize the solution, and you should be able to win every single time.

Go to the following resource

http://www.connectfour.net/Files/connect4.pdf

I came to that link from The Wikipedia article, so in case the link ever breaks, you should be able to find another by searching for the `"connect 4 solution"`

That article has a lot of strategic analysis about connect 4, and Even if you can't memorize the solved strategy perfectly, you should be able to glean a lot of good strategic practices from section 3 which is titled `Some Strategic Rules for Connect-Four`

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Yes, the link has become outdated. – ghosts_in_the_code Feb 4 '15 at 10:29

Using a solver can help you analysing any position and validate what are the good and bad moves.

Here is a solver that can solve any position http://connect4.gamesolver.org/

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Could you clarify what relationship you have, if any, with the linked site? – Philip Kendall Jan 10 at 15:21
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