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I always thought that Go was played by trying to place 5 of your pieces in a row while blocking your opponent from doing so, but I just recently looked up the rules, and it's completely different.

Is the game I was playing real? What is its name?

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There are two strong possibilities that are both played on a 19x19 board, Pente and Go Moku. Both have as a goal to get 5 in a row. Pente also allows capturing and you can win by capturing 5 pairs of stones.

Pente

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Pretty good game, I had it confused with Go for the longest time as well. There have been a bunch of editions over the years, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a set.

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    please note that it is completely different from Go, but : "Go" in Japanese also means "Five", so that is why it is part of the "Go Moku" name, and the board used is also similar to a goban (probably because it allows one to reuse an existing set). The rules (and the gameplay) are completely different though.. And I think you meant "13x13 board" ? Mar 24, 2016 at 17:00
  • I seem to recall from The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata that the Go professionals – or at least the rather obsessive older player, the eponymous master – played Go Moku (and maybe other games like shogi) between games for relaxation.
    – PJTraill
    Mar 26, 2016 at 18:23
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I think the name of your game is Go Moku. That is the "five in a row" game.

It's not really similar to Go, except in terms of the name. It can, however, be played on a Go board with black and white stones.

But the objectives and criteria for winning are totally different.

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