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Gomoku is an ancient board strategy game also called "five in a row". Very simple game even in its rules is played by both adults and children.
Players for the Gomoku game
You play in two people, one on one.
The game consists of a 19x19 board, for a total of 361 intersections, and a number of black and white checkers (you can use board and Go checkers). The checkers are placed in the crossroads and not in the boxes.
The player who has the black checkers always plays first. He must place the first checker at the central intersection of the board. The white player follows the move by placing his checker at one of the eight intersections adjacent to the black one. The first player then responds to the move and so on until, playing faster and faster, five checkers of the same colour can be aligned in the three possible directions: vertical, horizontal or diagonal. When a player makes a row of five checkers the game ends even if there are still other checkers available to the players. in the game of Gomoku who starts has a slight advantage over the opponent: it is therefore preferable to play an even number of games alternating the first initial move, so that no player is advantaged. each player has only one move per turn. Once played, the checkers cannot move or be removed from the board. There is no capture in this game.
The aim of the game is to be able to align five checkers of the same colour in the three allowed directions.
History of the Gomoku game
It seems that the Gomoku is over 4000 years old and that its rules have been developed in China. There is evidence of the same rules of play in ancient Greece and pre-Columbian America. The game, called "Kakugo" (which means more or less "five steps" in Japanese), is described in a work from 100 AD. It seems that in the eighteenth century every Japanese knew the rules of Gomoku. The first volume on this game, still called Kakugo, appeared in 1858. I hope you enjoyed to know the history of the Gomoku.