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The X is the only piece which cannot be played first. There is also a smaller (14x14 board) version of the game for 2 colors, called Duo, or sometimes Travel Blokus, and the starting point for that is 5 squares in from the corner on the diagonal. In that game any piece can be played first, and the X is often chosen.


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Like so many Blokus questions, the answer is: "It depends". Late in the game, the "best pieces" are the ones you can still play. That will depend on what your opponents have done already, and won't always be the same ones. All the pieces are both "good" and "bad", but in general the ones with lots of corners (like, F and X and W) are "more useful" than ...



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