How To Play Gomoku

How To Play Gomoku:

How To Play Gomoku

Gomoku is a traditional Japanese game. It is a board game for two players that is similar to tictac-to but more complex. Players take turns during the game taking white and black pieces on the board. Players have a goal to create a line of 5 pieces in any direction. A Gomoku board has a 15X15 grid of lines but you can also play it on a go board that has a 19X19 grid. Here I will tell you how to play Gomoku.

Setting up and starting the game:

Division of pieces:

First, you will divide white and black pieces equally on both sides for two players. These pieces are called stones and this game is played with them. One player has all-black pieces while another one has all-white pieces. This game has the same pieces as go pieces. But this game is different.

Starting the game:

Always play with a black stone opens the game by placing one stone on the board. Board grid lines make the intersection where you placed your stones. During your turn, you can place your stone on any grid you want. Now you can not move your stone when you place it on a gride for the rest of the game.

Turns between the players:

There are alternates turns between the players. Any player can place one stone on the board during his turn. If the first player goes with black stone the second will go with white stone. In the Durig tournament, the time limit for each player in the game is 10 minutes. You will use check clocks to measure the length during tournaments.

How to win:

Your aim is to place 5 pieces in a row to win this game. If you want to win you should be the first player to make a row of five pieces unbroken. You can make this line in any direction vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.

Different opening variations:

Pro rules:

In pro rules, the player with black stone will place the first stone in the middle of the intersection. After this, the second player can place his stone anywhere on the board he wants. Now again the first player will place its stone at least 3 intersections away from the first stone and the rest of the game will proceed normally. In the rest of the game, the players are free to place the stones they want.

Swap variation:

To begin this variation in the game one player will put one white and two black stones anywhere onboard. Now the second player will assign that who will play with white stone and who will play with black stone for the rest of the game. The player with white stone then plays and places a white stone on the board and the rest of the game will proceed normally.

Swap2 variation:

To begin this variation in the game one player will put one white and two black stones anywhere onboard. Now the second player will choose either color or place an additional white or black stone on the board. If the second player decides that he will place an additional stone then the first player will choose the color and the remaining game will proceed normally.

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