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Are there any online resources for studying gomoku? I am a beginner and I'd be interested to learn the fundamentals.

A google search on terms such as "gomoku strategy" or "gomoku tutorial" didn't return any relevant answer.

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Instead of searching for "gomoku", search for "renju tutorial" and you find this useful site:

http://renju.net/study/advanced.php

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Here is a nice overview of the game on Wikipedia along with a rules and variations section. Hope this helps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomoku

  • thanks for the link, unfortunately it doesn't offer much beyond the rules. – Christophe Jan 28 '16 at 4:51
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I haven't played Gomoku before, but this is a solved game, as shown by Victor Allis. Gomoku is a sure win for the first player.

When I say solved, it has been solved for AI (similar to draughts/checkers), but I would suggest you check out the guidelines in Allis' paper.

L. Victor Allis, H. J. van den Herik, M. P. H. Huntjens. Go-Moku and Threat-Space Search

  • Interesting paper, although not relevant as a study guide. – Christophe Jan 28 '16 at 16:49

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