This web site was built to make it easy and fun for you to play Pente against your friends, no matter where they are in the world. Pente Net was created by the volunteer efforts of one hard-working Pente enthusiast, for the enjoyment of other Pente enthusiasts and novices alike. This web site is hosted exclusively through the volunteer efforts of a small group of more hard-working game enthusiasts (Swingpad.com). The game, accounts, and advice on this site are offered free of charge, in an attempt to spread a love of the game of Pente across the world wide web and around the globe.
If you want to know how to play the game of Pente, start by reading the instructions.
Many common questions about this site are answered below...
Do I play against the computer at this site?
No. Pente Net was designed to let two human challengers compete against each other.
Do players need to be online at the same time?
No. The Pente Net system stores all games. Players can make moves when it is convenient for them.
CAN two players play online at the same time?
Yes. Although this site was designed on the principles of chess-by-mail, you have the option of "refreshing" the view of the board at any time to see if your online opponent has made a move.
So players can compete from different locations. But can two people play a game on the same computer?
Yes. Pente can be played head-to-head on one computer. When playing this type of Pente it is not necessary to have an account, nor are wins and losses tracked. Click here to try it.
Do I need an account to play?
That depends. To compete against a remote opponent, you need an account so the Pente Net system can store your game. To play against an opponent who is with you, using one computer, you do not need an account.
How much does an account cost?
Setting up an account is free. There are no fees associated with any part of Pente Net.
Keeping track of wins and losses -- what is that?
The Pente Net system will keep track of the number of wins and losses you hold against each player, as well as store the old games, so that you can assess your level of play and track your progress through time.
How many games can I play at once?
When you have an account, you can play many games all at the same time. If you have an opponent who moves infrequently, start new games to challenge more friends to play with you. That way, you're likely to always have a game waiting for your move when you log in to Pente Net.
I still have questions! Where can I get more information?
Try the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you still have questions, you can email the webmaster for answers or more information.