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#1 littlej

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 06:12 PM

Ahh! You awake to find yourself transformed into a chess piece and placed one of the center four squares of the chess board. You are surrounded by knights - one on each corner of the chess board.

Now seeing as how you don't want to die, you attempt to defeat the four knights. You notice that they just so happen to play by the following rules:

1) You move first in standard knight format, followed by top left, top right, bottom right, and bottom left knights who also move in standard knight format.
2) The knights actually aren't that bright, if two land on the same square they will end up killing each other.
3) The knights will always move as close as possible towards you with in the way a standard knight does. This is calculated (distance away = X + Y).
4) You notice that given two moves that will result in equal distance, the knight will favor the top, then right, then bottom, then left squares adjacent to you.
5) If an attacking knight is already in his optimum position he will skip his turn.

Knights Attack.jpg

What path do you take to default the knights? What is the optimum center square to start in?

Bonus: The knights have smartened up. The realize that if they both land on one square only ONE of them has to die. Given this new revelation, is it possible to default all four knights? If so what is your path? How many turns does it take?

Edit: Grammar

Edited by littlej, 05 August 2010 - 06:13 PM.

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#2 pokeman3

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 07:11 PM

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Edited by pokeman3, 05 August 2010 - 07:13 PM.

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#3 jim650

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 08:23 PM

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Spoiler for I'm not sure about that, since

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#4 superprismatic

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 10:16 PM

What did you mean by the word "default" in the sentence
"What path do you take to default the knights?"?

Can you capture white knights?
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#5 littlej

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 10:20 PM

What did you mean by the word "default" in the sentence
"What path do you take to default the knights?"?

Can you capture white knights?


Typo - I meant defeat.

Yes - you can capture the white knights

Edited by littlej, 05 August 2010 - 10:21 PM.

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#6 Dej Mar

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 12:31 AM

Spoiler for Tis but a scratch.


Spoiler for BONUS: Oh, oh, I see, running away then. You cowardly offensive man! Come back here and take what you deserve to get. I'll bite your legs off!


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