The game of Hex

Hex is a connection strategy game for two players.

Hex rules

  1. Players choose a colour and take turns. On each turn one counter is placed in an empty hexagonal cell.
  2. Counters may not be moved except with the swap rule.
  3. The first player to form a connected path of their counters linking the opposing sides of the board marked by their colour wins.
  4. The four corner hexagons belong to both adjacent sides.
  5. Swap rule: on their first move the second player may move normally, or choose to swap their piece with that placed by the first player. [This encourages the first player to only choose a moderately strong first move and so reduces any advantage of going first. Ignore the swap rule for the first few games.]

Basic strategy

More strategy

Hex resources