Playing Hex on boards of size smaller than 10 × 10 is not very interesting, since many players will be able to play almost perfectly. However it may still be intersting for theoretical studies, and for making problems.
The boards of size up to five can be solved by hand. Hex on 6 × 6 has been solved by Queenbee. The board sizes 7 to 9 have been solved with computer programs, too.
Winner depending on the first move
The following boards can help you decide where you should swap when playing on small boards, and it might give you ideas of patterns for bigger boards.
The outcomes for size 9 by Jakub Pawlewicz and Ryan Hayward.
- This article by Ryan Hayward et al. is a reference for 7x7.
- This Little Golem's forum thread is a reference for size 8x8.
- This article by Jakub Pawlewicz and Ryan Hayward is a reference for size 9x9.