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Gomoku Game

School News May 30, 2022
Gomoku Game

We use various extra-curricular activities to establish children’s interests and let them have fun in school. This term we have introduced a new board game - Gomoku.

Gomoku is an abstract strategy board game. Also called Gobang or Five in a Row, it is traditionally played with Go pieces (black and white stones) on a go board with 15x15 intersections; however, because once placed, pieces are not moved or removed from the board; Gomoku may also be played as a paper and pencil game. This game is known in several countries under different names.

Black plays first if white did not just win, and players alternate in placing a stone of their colour on an empty intersection. The winner is the first player to get an unbroken row of five stones horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Black (the player who makes the first move) was long known to have a big advantage. Therefore a number of variations are played with extra rules that aimed to reduce black's advantage.

When it's time to attack, don't keep on defending. The more active you attack, the easier it is to get a chance to win. When the opponent is not active in moving, it is not necessary to follow the move, but to consider whether it is a good time to attack or not. The children in Beluga class have been really enjoying this new game, challenging each other regularly, but show good sportsmanship in defeat or victory, and continue to fight again.

When you have to defend, choose a defensive point that will best help the offense. To determine which defense point is more favorable, it is necessary to consider the opponent's subsequent attack after the defense, and then the correct defense point can be selected. All successful attacks rely on a "combo attack", which means that a stone falls, producing two or more attack lines at the same time, and each line can win, so that the opponent cannot defend at the same time. Combined attacks are the only way to win. One of the children in Walrus' class was very good at using such strategy when playing against each other, laying out before falling the stone, carefully considering, and attacking in multiple lines.

Children enjoy this kind of competitive game, which can also cultivate children's concentration while enlivening their minds. In the game, the children can correctly look at winning and losing and maintain the demeanor they should have.