The game can be played on a range of board sizes.
On Gorrion it is played on a 19x19 or a 15x15 board.
players take turns to place a stone of their colour on the board and
aim to be the first to create a line, orthogonal or diagonal, of five
or more of their colour. Black plays first
Custodial captures of a line of two stones can be made. When
happens the stones are removed from the board. Individual
stones or a line of three or more stones cannot be captured. They are
safe. You cannot use the edge of the board to capture. To
prevent cyclic captures or a never ending game there is a rule on the
number of captures that can be made: a player
that captures 10 stones gets the win. The
following diagrams illustrate how White can make a capture by playing
Captures, before and after )
Self-Capture. You can play into a 2- stone
You will not be captured.
Playing ino a custodial position, before and after. No capture. )
Restrictions. Black's first move must be played
in the centre. Black's second move must be played outside of
the 5x5 centre box. This is needed to counter
the first move advantage that Black would otherwise have.
The 5x5 centre box )
Passing at Pente is not
There are many variations to the game of Pente and there are
also many 5-in-a-row games ( Go-moku, Renju ). The rules
for Pente as described here are the rules as played on Gorrion.