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Connect 4 Basic Guide

Welcome to the Connect 4 Basic Guide! Designed for beginners, this guide covers everything from the fundamental rules to simple yet effective strategies. By the end of this guide, you'll be well-prepared to enjoy and compete in Connect 4 games on

Introduction to Connect 4

Connect 4 is a two-player connection game that combines strategy with simplicity. Players take turns dropping colored discs into a grid, aiming to be the first to align four discs in a row. This classic game is easy to learn but offers rich strategic depth.

Basic Rules

  1. Game Setup: The game is played on a vertical board with seven columns and six rows.
  2. Starting the Game: Players decide who goes first.
  3. Taking Turns: On each turn, a player drops one disc into any column of their choice. The disc falls to the lowest available space in the column.
  4. Winning the Game: The goal is to be the first player to form an unbroken horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line of four discs.
  5. Draw Condition: If the board is filled without any player achieving a line of four, the game ends in a draw.

Beginner Strategies

  • Center Control: Focus on occupying the central columns. The middle column is particularly valuable as it allows the most opportunities for connecting four discs.
  • Blocking Opponents: Always keep an eye on your opponent's moves. If they are close to connecting four discs, play your disc to block them.
  • Plan Ahead: Think one or two moves ahead. Try to anticipate where your opponent might be aiming to connect their discs and plan your strategy accordingly.
  • Vertical vs. Horizontal: Vertical connections are often less obvious to opponents than horizontal ones, making them harder to block. Balance your approach between creating vertical and horizontal lines.
  • Diagonal Lines: Don’t overlook the power of diagonal lines. They can be more challenging for your opponent to spot and block.

Additional Tips

  • First Move Advantage: The player who goes first has a slight advantage. If you're the first player, make the most of your opening moves by playing in the central columns.
  • Avoiding Traps: Be cautious of setting up a win for your opponent while focusing on your own strategy. Sometimes the best move is defensive.
  • Practice Different Scenarios: Play against the computer or friends on to experience various game situations. This will help you recognize patterns and improve your decision-making skills.


Connect 4 is a game of quick thinking and strategic planning. With these basic rules and strategies, you're now ready to start your Connect 4 journey. Remember, the key to success in Connect 4 is practice and experience.

Head over to to play and refine your skills. Enjoy the game and happy strategizing!