Saturday, April 12, 2008

Eight Queens

I got sidetracked today when I came upon this game called "The Eight Queens" on Yahoo Games today. The idea is simple. Find a placement for Eight Queens on a chessboard so that none of the eight queens can attack each other.

The solution was a little tough for me. I couldn't keep all the placements straight in my head. If you're having trouble with placements and have Microsoft Excel, I put together a file that may help you find the solution. This is a problem that for me was much easier to crack once I had the right tool to help me visualize the board. Try it a few times to see if you can find the answer without the spreadsheet, but if you need help, click here for the EightQueens.xls file.

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