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Subject: Re: The answear is...

Author: Christophe Theron

Date: 15:13:25 08/31/00

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On August 31, 2000 at 17:09:01, Peter Fendrich wrote:

>I found the answear at
>http://www.dcs.qmw.ac.uk/~olympiad/
>
>---------------------------------------------
>Briefly:
>
>The game is played on a 10x10 square board. In the initial position, White has 4
>queens placed at a4, d1, g1 & j4, and Black has 4 queens placed at a7, d10, g10
>& j7. White plays first. Queens move in any vertical, horizontal, or diagonal
>line, as many squares as they wish, provided the destination square and those it
>slides over are all unoccupied. A move in the game consists of 2 steps. (1)
>Moving any queen that can still move. (2) blocking a square now reachable in a
>single queen move from the destination square of the moved queen. Once blocked,
>squares are never unblocked. The first player unable to move loses. For
>tie-breaking purposes, the winner is credited with a "territory" score. This is
>the number of vacant squares that could be reached by a winner's queen, given
>unlimited further moves.
>---------------------------------------------
>
>...and the convincing winner was Johan de Koning!
>//Peter


I guess mobility plays a decisive role in this game, and The King chess engine
has always been very good at evaluating mobility! :)


    Christophe



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