Gomoku Strategy & Tips

A set of resources for Gomoku players ...

http://www.yourturnmyturn.com/rules/go-moku.php -- Very useful tips for playing Gomoku.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomoku -- A good starting point for Gomoku.

http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/140/chess-other-board-games/five-row-gomoku-renju-432065/ -- Gomoku variations, Renju, etc.

http://www.renju.net/study/rules.php -- Tips about rules of play for Renju help you think about Gomoku play.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6952607/ai-strategy-for-gomoku-a-variation-of-tic-tac-toe -- Some suggestions on programming a Gomoku game and a few tips.

https://chalmersgomoku.googlecode.com/files/allis1994.pdf -- Extensive analysis of how to write a good player.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4392465_play-moku.html -- Game variation suggestion: let weaker player make two moves to start the game.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5899911 -- A few comments on whether the game is a guaranteed win for black. For ordinary people, it seems not to be true.


If you are looking for an app where you can practice your Gomoku skills, try the Gomoku League Android app. Play games and replay them to learn what works.


    • Four levels of AI players - The first level is ideal for learning how to play Gomoku. Higher levels test you to see just how good you are.

    • AI versus AI - Besides playing against the computer, you can pit one AI player against another to see who is the better player.

  • Replay - Use the Replay screen to study the most recently completed game. Find out what you did right or what you did wrong. Play back or fast forward through the moves of the game.

  • Advice - Use the Advice module to help you think through your moves.

  • Private league, not online - Your competition is right there on your device. No waiting for other players to be online.

  • Standings - The standings show each player’s record and rating. The rating number is a number like the rating used for chess players. When you win a game, your rating goes up and your opponent's goes down.


More Strategy Games

It's not Gomoku, but if you like single player games, try the family-friendly game: Hop, Skip, and Thump.

You play the game as "Hop". Your AI opponent is "Skip". The object of the game is to jump around on the game board, collect points, and outscore Skip. And, to make the strategy game more interesting, there are additional AI creatures on the board. They add the "Thump" to the game.

And another game ... for all you starship captains ... there is Double Star. Your first task is to stop the alien invasion. After that, you search the stars for the alien home world so you can destroy them and end the threat once and for all.

To install the game, visit your app store: