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Subject: Re: The answear is...

Author: Christophe Theron

Date: 18:05:57 08/31/00

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On August 31, 2000 at 19:01:37, Chessfun wrote:

>On August 31, 2000 at 18:57:15, Peter Fendrich wrote:
>
>>On August 31, 2000 at 18:39:15, Chessfun wrote:
>>
>>>On August 31, 2000 at 18:13:25, Christophe Theron wrote:
>>>
>>>>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
>>>
>>>By the description of the game maybe he should rename the
>>>engine the "Queen" engine.
>>>
>>>Thanks.
>>
>>As a curious coincidence I think Koning means King in some language. Is it
>>dutch? And now he is the emperor among Amazons.
>>Well, it's time to go to bed... :)
>>Good Knight!
>>
>>//Peter
>
>I think "de Koning" is "the king" in Dutch, which is where
>I think when people refer to the engine name as the king
>this also came from.
>
>Thanks.



The name of the engine inside Chessmaster is officially "The King". The King is
the name given to his engine by Johan. It was the name under which is program
was known well before it was included inside Chessmaster.

That's a natural naming choice for someone named "De Koning" I think.


    Christophe



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