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I am not speaking as a highly expert player, but rather someone who always wins against people with little or no experience, and against overly simplistic computerized versions. So the approaches I've learned can get you from beginner to intermediate. I'll start with simple stuff first: Corners are vital. Once you get a corner, it will never change color. ...
Yes, it is possible. Here is a youtube link showing a game where black fills the entire board: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prWG1OFgVqg&t=0m30s (the game starts at 30s)
Yes, it is possible for neither player to be able to make a move without the board being full. The Wikipedia article for Reversi has this example from a competition: There are also simpler examples where all the pieces are turned to the same colour (YouTube video).
The permutations of the game makes it hard to come up with one specific strategy. Personally I like to "dance around" the X squares, trying to tease my opponent into placing his pieces there. But always remembering that it should cost him more than it should ever cost me. As a general rule, your objective is to limit the number of liberties (that is, the ...
"wipeout" is an example of such an ending, too! It's not something that happens to serious players, but it certainly happens to casual players.
It actually can be a bad move to avoid the X squares as long as possible. I've seen games where players so pointedly avoided them that the four corners were taken before the first X space was played. If that happens, especially on an already-dense board, the corners lose a lot of advantage because it can be impossible to "riposte" and capture back any spaces ...
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