Contest 25 Underway

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Contest 25 Underway

Postby Bill Salot on Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:18 pm

Unofficial World Championship Checker Problem Composing Contest Number 25 was activated this morning and has already received several visitors, but no votes yet. After you review them, please come back and press the voting button for the one you like best. It will help determine whether composer Roy Little retains his crown.

The original, unpublished problems in Contest 25 demonstrate a drastic change in style, one that is both solvable and satisfying when solved. Go ahead and push the pieces around (nobody is looking). If you get impatient or frustrated, or to check your solution, go to the animation. A couple of the entries ended in circular jumps which baffled the animator, so the final jumps are not animated, but they are obvious when you get to that point.

Enjoy!
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Re: Contest 25 Underway

Postby George Hay on Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:48 am

The contest composers outdid themselves in Contest 25! :)

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Re: Contest 25 Underway

Postby tgf on Sun Dec 06, 2015 1:25 am

Lone Ranger is phenomenal!
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Re: Contest 25 Underway

Postby jeff webster on Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:18 pm

Thanks Bill, all of them are great, I encourage anyone to look
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Re: Contest 25 Underway

Postby JR Smith on Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:44 pm

They are all excellent problems, its just a coin flip. I really enjoy this part of ACF, thanks Bill for providing these problem and entertaining us.
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Re: Contest 25 Underway

Postby tgf on Wed Dec 09, 2015 1:19 am

The contests are far and beyond a simple effort, one can only imagine the skills required to program the animation.
But it seems Bill has access to only the contests area of the ACF site, otherwise he would have fixed all those non-working links.
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Re: Contest 25 Underway

Postby Bill Salot on Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:23 am

Here are the Contest 25 Results:

The four contest entries were considered equal going in. But the voters saw differences that propelled two of them far ahead of the pack. In all 4 problems, a lone White King captured all of the opposing pieces, executing a 6-piece sweep in the process.

Dutch treat, by Netherlands resident Leo Springer, his second win in two tries, and Lone Ranger, by Bill Salot, tied for first with 6 votes each. They had the fewest Red Kings, but the most total Red pieces.

Dutch Treat offered Hobson’s Choices twice, and ended with one piece beating two. Lone Ranger was biggest and longest, and its White King traveled farthest; from 1 to 28.

Third with 2 votes was Thirteen, by Ed Atkinson. It had a sextuple jump from 13 to 13 on the 13th move.

Trailing with 1 vote was Northwind, by Roy Little, who relinquishes his title.

The number of contest visitors increased to 318.
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Re: Contest 25 Underway

Postby George Hay on Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:11 pm

That was a great contest, full of surprises to the very end!
On the last day of voting it was a tie, with one vote cast on the last day.
It was a tie breaker for third place!

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