Wednesday, May 04, 2005


In my inner ear I hear this song, melody military style, lyrics about a marine called Camouflage. Camouflage saves lives of defenders, but, unfortunately, kills attackers. As solvers of chess problems we suffer from camouflage that hides the patterns and let us calculate nonsense.

Just again today: Wopp, new position on the screen, see exposed King, search for a mate, can King excape or not? Calculate, recalculate. Nerves. Hit the go button. Sigma Chess shows me the line. Now everything is clear. The music is playing elsewhere. And the final shot is taking a loose rook well hidden behind a crowd of pieces and pawns.

Specially prone to camouflage are: Long moves, diagonal moves, moves to and from the border or corner, rook/queen moves on ranks rather than files, file/diagonal/rank openings by pawn moves, trapped pieces. Need to anti-camouflage optimize my search strategy. Will deal with this in a later post.

Day 134 update
Circle 3: 800/1280 done, 87% (-1), 1:05 min. p.p., 6 days left


At 7:03 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Specially prone to camouflage are

Backward moves of bishop, queen and especially the knight.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

unfortunately kills attackers

?? I would say that killing attackers is a very good thing.

Anyhow, I think the old fianchettoed bishop is like having a hidden sniper aimed at the enemy. Very good camouflage indeed.

At 2:47 PM, Blogger Mousetrapper said...

In solving puzzles, we are attackers. In winning a won game by tactics, too. Hope we all are attackers most of the time ;)


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