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Pente rules as explained by OpenAI's Game Time GPT
Posted: Jan 8, 2024, 11:40 AM

Not exactly how we play here, but interesting. #8 looks like Boat. No mention of more than 5 in a row winning too.

Pente is a strategic board game that combines elements of connection games like Go and alignment games like Tic-Tac-Toe. Here are the basic rules:

1. **Objective**: The goal is to either align five of your stones in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) or to capture five pairs of your opponent's stones.

2. **Players**: It's played by two players.

3. **Board Setup**: The game is played on a 19x19 grid (like a Go board).

4. **Game Play**: Players alternate turns, placing a stone of their color on an empty intersection of the grid.

5. **First Move Rule**: The first player (traditionally with black stones) places their first stone at the center intersection. The second player (with white stones) places their first stone. Then, the first player places their second stone. This stone must be at least three intersections away from the center.

6. **Captures**: You capture a pair of your opponent's stones by sandwiching them with your own. For example, if a line looks like black-white-white-black, the black player removes the two white stones and keeps them as part of their captured count.

7. **Winning the Game**: You win by either creating an unbroken row of five stones (not necessarily in a straight line, but also diagonally) or by capturing five pairs of your opponent's stones.

8. **Tournament Rule (optional)**: To balance the game, a tournament rule can be used. If the first player makes a row of five, the second player can still win by capturing a total of ten stones.

Pente is simple to learn but offers deep strategic complexity, making it enjoyable for both beginners and experienced players.

Retired from TB Pente, but still playing live games & exploring variants like D, poof and boat
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