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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. 24 Aug '06 10:51 / 1 edit
    OK, this is not really a chess problem, so I'll put it here...

    Imagine a chessboard, but with the two corner white squares cut out.
    You have 31 identical dominoes, each shaped to cover precisely 2 chess squares, horizontally or vertically (but, naturally, not diagonally).

    Can you arrange the dominoes to cover the altered board completely? If so, how? If not, why not?

    Prize of a game against me () for the most elegant solution, which doesn't involve "I tried it every way I could think, and I can't do it"
  2. Standard member XanthosNZ
    Cancerous Bus Crash
    24 Aug '06 11:11
    Each domino you place must cover one white square and one black square. As there are now 32 black squares and 30 white squares it is impossible to cover this modified chess board with dominoes.
  3. 24 Aug '06 11:24
    Woo hoo

    You win a game against mighty me (about 1450 btw, if you want to play)
  4. 24 Aug '06 22:41
    wtg xanthos, tell us how the game went