Neat ending trick

Discussion and analysis about certain positions.

Re: Neat ending trick

Postby Bill Salot on Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:57 am

The tricky part of this problem is recognizing that White is moving down the board, not up.

Then every White move wins, except 24 19.

And after 18 15, there are dual solution wins by heading for either 22 or 24.

Still it would be pleasing to win any of these ways in a game.
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Re: Neat ending trick

Postby Bill Salot on Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:17 pm

This is an example of the most significant difference between playing checkers competitively and composing checker problems competitively.

You play a game to win by any means, as long as it is done within the rules of the game. Sometimes the win is faulty or ugly, or, as in this case, optional, but the win represents success. After you win, the win is yours forever.

You compose a problem with a goal of singular perfection and beauty. Anything short of that is failure. Sometimes a winning problem is a failure and a losing problem is a success. After composing a problem , you are still free to change it and perhaps improve it.
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