Why we have to start in the middle? Gomoku, Connect6

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Why we have to start in the middle?
  • trieste6 at 2019-04-19

    It’ll be good if we have freedom no to start in the middle for connect 6, thoughts?

  • Galdian at 2019-04-19

    Let’s say, that you have this freedom, where would you start and why?
    I’m quite positive, that there is no better place for the first move than in the middle. If you put your stone near edge or corner, it lacks possibilities, and the middle point is furthest from them, so that should be the best place to start.

  • trieste6 at 2019-04-20

    That’s true. But the rule of the game doesn’t have such restriction. I would like to try starting near the middle but not always in the middle. The asymmetry of the game state makes the 2nd move more interesting.

  • mmKALLL at 2019-04-22

    I thought that too, but wouldn’t a lot of approaches simply be mirrored? The end result seems to be almost exactly the same – or possibly slightly disadvantageous for black.

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