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.


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


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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

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  • thanks for the link, unfortunately it doesn't offer much beyond the rules. – Christophe Jan 28 '16 at 4:51

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

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

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