Today I'd like to introduce two chess problems posted in Small Basic forum. You can use Unicode characters for chessmen in Small Basic programs. e.g. ♟, ♞, ♝, ♜, ♛ and ♚.
A knight's tour is a sequence of moves of a knight on a chessboard such that the knight visits every square only once. If the knight ends on a square that is one knight's move from the beginning square (so that it could tour the board again immediately, following the same path), the tour is closed, otherwise it is open.
This picture above shows a solution solved by WPV159-3.
This problem was a community suggestion by Amir CPS in Challenge of the Month - January 2013.
The 8-Queens problem in chess is to place 8 queens on a chess board such that none of the queens is threatening any of the others. The problem is to input the 8 columns of the queens on the rows of a chess board, with 1 being the first column and 8 being the last, e.g. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 means the queens are along the diagonal, which would not be a valid solution.
Write a program to test a user input guess.
- Enter board configuration: 2 4 6 8 3 1 7 5 - This is a valid configuration (as above).
- Enter board configuration: 1 8 2 5 3 7 4 6 - This is NOT a valid configuration.
This picture above shows that the pattern is not a solution: red queens are threatening others. The ID of this program is QDX521.