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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘The Stretchers’ Review, ‘Bee Simulator’ and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More – Touch Arcade

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for November 12th, 2019. There wasnt a whole lot of interesting news in the last day, but I do have a nice little review for you. On top of that, there are summaries of all of todays new releases. Nothing as noteworthy as the last couple of weeks, but still some interesting games to look at. We finish things up with a nice list of sales, including a very big outgoing list. Lets check it out!

Nintendo sometimes releases games out of nowhere, but for the most part such things happen alongside a Nintendo Direct presentation or something. Its exceedingly rare for a game to drop out of the sky with virtually no fanfare, but thats just what happened with The Stretchers, which hit the Switch eShop last Friday. Created by Swedish developer Tarsier Studios, who are best known for Little Nightmares, The Stretchers sees you take on the role of a team of paramedics who find themselves suddenly quite busy when people start coming down with the Dizzies.

Ill say it right away: this game is a lot better if youre playing with another person. In the two-player mode, each of you takes control of one of the paramedics, forcing you to work together to overcome the games obstacles. Its great fun. If you choose to fly solo, youll control both characters in a style that feels a bit like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. But while that game was designed around the idea of one person controlling two characters, its clear The Stretchers was built around the co-op mode. Playing on your own is often awkward and a little too complicated. Its a decent game when youre playing on your own, but theres definitely a wide gap between the two experiences.

At any rate, whether you head out on your own or with a second player, youll be doing more or less the same things. Select a mission from the map, jump in your ambulance, and drive to the location. The driving here errs towards the fun end of things, so you can do huge jumps or crash through whatever you like without any real consequences. In two player mode, one person drives while the other operates extra gadgets like a nitro burst. Once you reach the location of the mission, there are a few different things you may find yourself doing.

The core missions have you searching out Dizzy people and bringing them back to your ambulance, a task which often requires you to solve various puzzles and avoid obstacles. You can rack up tons of extra points by seeking out hidden objects and completing sub-goals. Once youve got everyone piled into your ambulance, you then need to drive them to the hospital. You would think youd need to take care while doing this, but youll actually get more points for driving wild and smashing into stuff. Besides these missions, youll also find yourself on various side-missions. These could involve cutting down trees to build ramps, setting bombs to explode rocks, racing a spark traveling across the power lines, and so on.

Youve got a reasonably-sized open world to explore, set across a few islands that gradually open up as you progress. There are some secrets to uncover if you dig around, and youre free to just wander around and do what you like. There isnt a whole lot to do outside of the missions, but its certainly fun to goof around in the ambulance. Again, if youre playing with someone else, youre in a better position to get the most out of every aspect of the game.

The Stretchers is an easy game to recommend if youre the sort that likes to play co-op games on your Switch. The sense of humor is great, the controls are fun, and the puzzles are just challenging enough to make you think a little without ever actually becoming show-stoppers. If you think youll end up playing the game on your own, however, its less interesting. Not terrible by any means, but also not really worth playing in the game-packed world we live in.

SwitchArcade Score: 4/5

The word simulator has come to mean a lot of different things in video games, and youll often find it attached to games that are anything but. Bee Simulator takes more than a few liberties, but the aim of the game is to try to give you the experience of the life of a wild bee. It also aims to educate the player about bees and their current tenuous situation in our ecosystem. This isnt really my sort of game, but it seems quite well-made and if you have any interest at all in bees, Im not sure youll find anything better around. Yes, its even better than the Bee Movie Game.

This rather hectic action game sees you playing as a guy named Vladimir who has been hired to help raise a city from Purgatory, level-by-level. Upgrade your city, earn coins to unlock new skills and abilities, and summon the Horsemen of the Apocalypse for the occasional assist. Certainly an odd game, and not one I can really get much of a handle on with a quick glance. I cant deny that the pixel art looks fantastic, at the very least. The game was developed by Azamatika Games, who were also behind the rather enjoyable Peace, Death, so Im at least a little confident the gameplay will back up those visuals.

This is a stealth puzzle game based on the Robert Kirkman comic book series. You get four episodes of sneaky gameplay where you have to plan routes, don disguises, and make narrative choices to build relationships with other characters. It has a cool comic book-style presentation that certainly makes it stand out a bit, but I find the actual design of the game to be a bit too limiting for its own good. There are lots of places where theres no reason why you shouldnt be able to do things another way, but the game typically has one solution in mind, so youd better find it. Not bad, not great.

Already played the heck out of Game Dev Story and want more of that sweet, sweet game studio sim joy? You might enjoy Mad Games Tycoon, a slightly different take on the concept of building a game studio that nevertheless scratches a similar itch. Its pretty fun, but you can tell the game was designed around a mouse interface as it doesnt control as smoothly as youd like on a controller. Its also worth mentioning that this Switch version is selling for more than three times the price of the Steam version, so if thats an option for you its probably the way to go.

You may recognize Yaga from its recent launch on the Apple Arcade service. There are no major differences between this version and that one, except that youre probably more likely to have a controller you can use with your Switch than your mobile device. Oh, and it costs twenty-five bucks here, which quick math tells us is the cost of five months worth of Apple Arcade subscriptions. Its a decent action-RPG, but as is the case with many of these Apple Arcade migrants, its hard to recommend buying here over getting it through your mobile device unless you really cant get down with subscription services.

This isnt a standard chess game, so dont go looking for The Chessmaster or anything. Instead, this game presents you with 600 chess puzzles that you have to solve. The game will put you into various situations and youll need to make the right moves to get out of them. The presentation is extremely minimalistic, and the price is fairly reasonable. Theres a more complete version of this game available on the App Store with 900 puzzles for the same price, which is a better value if you dont mind playing on your smartphone or tablet, but I dont think chess fans will be unhappy with what they get in either package.

Alright, hands up if you bought Romancing SaGa 3 before the discount kicked in. Oh well, I would have just spent that six bucks on candy, I suppose. There are a few good sales here, including Iconoclasts and the Reigns games. Oh, and hey, it looks like Bloo Kid 2 is hitting soon. Nice. In the outbox, weve got a lot. I dont have any particular recommendations as most of the list is on sale pretty regularly, so comb through it a bit and see if anything strikes your fancy.

New Games on Sale

Romancing SaGa 3 ($23.19 from $28.99 until 12/1)Farming Simulator ($14.99 from $49.99 until 11/25)Masters of Anima ($4.99 from $19.99 until 11/25)MudRunner American Wilds ($15.99 from $39.99 until 11/25)Call of Cthulhu ($31.99 from $39.99 until 11/25)Kensho ($7.49 from $14.99 until 12/1)Narcos: Rise of the Cartels ($23.99 from $29.99 until 12/3)Iconoclasts ($11.99 from $19.99 until 11/19)Reigns: Kings & Queens ($3.99 from $7.99 until 11/18)Reigns: Game of Thrones ($1.99 from $3.99 until 11/18)Rollin Eggz ($1.99 from $2.99 until 11/24)Circle of Sumo ($6.99 from $9.99 until 11/18)

Guacamelee! 2 ($9.99 from $19.99 until 11/18)Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack ($5.49 from $9.99 until 11/18)Mahjong Stories: Vampire Romance ($2.49 from $4.99 until 12/1)12 Labours of Hercules ($2.49 from $4.99 until 12/1)Catch a Duck ($2.49 from $4.99 until 11/25)Milkmaid of the Milky Way ($1.19 from $5.99 until 11/17)The Mims Beginning ($6.74 from $8.99 until 11/18)Bloo Kid 2 ($3.99 from $4.99 until 12/1)SoccerDie: Cosmic Cup ($5.24 from $6.99 until 11/21)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13th

1979 Revolution: Black Friday ($3.59 from $11.99 until 11/13)64.0 ($2.39 from $2.99 until 11/13)Agony ($17.99 from $19.99 until 11/13)AngerForce: Reloaded ($6.49 from $9.99 until 11/13)Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human ($3.89 from $12.99 until 11/13)Bad Dream: Coma ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Bedtime Blues ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Black Paradox ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Blacksea Odyssey ($3.24 from $12.99 until 11/13)Bleed ($3.59 from $11.99 until 11/13)Bleed 2 ($4.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Clock Simulator ($0.39 from $3.99 until 11/13)Digerati Indie Bundle ($2.99 from $14.99 until 11/13)Dont Die, Mr Robot! ($1.34 from $8.99 until 11/13)Dungeons & Aliens ($0.39 from $3.99 until 11/13)

Estiman ($0.19 from $1.99 until 11/13)Fall of Light: Darkest ($3.74 from $14.99 until 11/13)Flood of Light ($2.44 from $4.99 until 11/13)Fly OClock ($0.19 from $1.99 until 11/13)Frederic 2: Evil Strikes Back ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Frederic: Resurrection of Music ($0.59 from $5.99 until 11/13)Frost ($3.89 from $12.99 until 11/13)Glaive: Brick Breaker ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Glass Masquerade ($5.99 from $11.99 until 11/13)Goetia ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Golem Gates ($12.49 from $24.99 until 11/13)Grab Lab ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Gunpowder on The Teeth: Arcade ($2.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Hacky Zack ($1.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Hard West ($1.99 from $19.99 until 11/13)

Horizon Shift 81 ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Hyperide ($0.19 from $1.99 until 11/13)IHUGU ($0.39 from $3.99 until 11/13)INK ($2.69 from $8.99 until 11/13)Jim Is Moving Out! ($4.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Letter Quest Remastered ($2.99 from $11.99 until 11/13)Merchants of Kaidan ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Millie ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Monster Slayers ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)My Brother Rabbit ($1.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Nefarious ($4.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Neon Chrome ($4.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)No Thing ($0.19 from $1.99 until 11/13)NoReload Heroes ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Odallus: The Dark Call ($5.99 from $11.99 until 11/13)

Omega Strike ($4.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Oniken: Unstoppable ($4.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Paranautical Activity ($1.59 from $7.99 until 11/13)Persian Nights: Sands of Wonders ($1.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Phantom Doctrine ($6.79 from $19.99 until 11/13)Pipe Push Paradise ($4.39 from $10.99 until 11/13)Qbik ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Realpolitiks ($2.49 from $24.99 until 11/13)Reverse Crawl ($6.49 from $12.99 until 11/13)Risky Rescue ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Shikhondo Soul Eater ($4.75 from $13.99 until 11/13)Shut Eye ($0.39 from $3.99 until 11/13)Skelly Selest ($4.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Slain: Back From Hell ($5.99 from $19.99 until 11/13)Slayaway Camp: Butchers Cut ($4.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Snake vs Snake ($3.59 from $3.99 until 11/13)

Sparkle 3 Genesis ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Sparkle Zero ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Spectrum ($2.99 from $11.99 until 11/13)Star Story: The Horizon Escape ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Startide ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Strikey Sisters ($7.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Sudoku Universe ($4.19 from $6.99 until 11/13)Super Blood Hockey ($8.99 from $14.99 until 11/13)Super Jumpy Ball ($4.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)The Adventures of Elena Temple ($1.99 from $4.99 until 11/13)The Coma: Recut ($5.99 from $19.99 until 11/13)The Mahjong Huntress ($0.49 from $4.99 until 11/13)Three Fourths Home: Extended ($1.79 from $8.99 until 11/13)Timberman VS ($0.19 from $1.99 until 11/13)Tiny Hands Adventure ($0.79 from $7.99 until 11/13)Uncanny Valley ($3.39 from $9.99 until 11/13)Unexplored ($4.50 from $15.00 until 11/13)Verlet Swing ($7.49 from $14.99 until 11/13)Vertical Drop Heroes HD ($2.49 from $9.99 until 11/13)Violett ($0.99 from $9.99 until 11/13)Vortex Attack EX ($7.89 from $9.99 until 11/13)

Thats all weve got for you today, friends. Tomorrow is looking light for new releases, and if it stays that way you can count on some reviews or Mini-Views to plug the gap. Any interesting news and sales that come along will also be found here. As for me, Im heading back to Romancing SaGa 3 for tonight. I still cant believe we finally have this game and Trials of Mana officially in English. Ever wait 24 years for something and finally get it? Ahh. Anyway, I hope you all have a great Tuesday and, as always, thanks for reading!

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October library events include snakes, ‘Stranger Things’ and spook-tacular crafts – The Turlock Journal

October events at the Turlock Library will start with apumpkin seed themed STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)Works session at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Following a reading ofHow Many Seeds ina Pumpkinby Margaret McNamara, participants will discuss estimation andcounting and conclude with a mosaic art project using dyed pumpkin seeds.STEAM Works is designed for children in Kindergarten and older; children4 and under must be supervised by a parent.

The Turlock Library Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m. Oct.2. This month's selection isThe Mermaid Chairby Sue Monk Kidd. Insidethe abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coastof South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carvedwith mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid beforeher conversion. Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been "molded tothe smallest space possible." So when she is called home to cope with hermother's startling and enigmatic act of violence, Jessie finds herself relievedto be apart from her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but on EgretIsland--amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks--she becomes drawn toBrother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. Whattranspires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past, but most ofall, as Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it,she will find a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right.

All are invited to attend the monthly board meeting ofthe Friends of the Turlock Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2.

October 5 is International Observe the Moon Night. Getpreparedby participating in the librarys moon and astronomy triviachallenge. The challenge will run all day Oct. 5 and participants can turn in theiranswers to the service desk and receive a treat.

Teens can join fellow bibliophiles for a book discussion at 3p.m. Oct. 5.

Python Ron McGee will bring his favorite lizards and snakesto the library for a creepy-crawly good time at 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Thiseducational, hands-on show-and-tell is open to all ages.

Adults can make unique wearable art at a spook-tacular t-shirtcraft session held at 1 p.m. Oct. 9 and 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Participants should bringtheir own black or dark-colored shirt. A number of pre-made designs will beavailable.This event is for ages 18 and above only.

Teens are invited to participate in the Turlock TeenAdvisory Board at 4 p.m. Oct. 9. During the hour-long meeting, participantsbrainstorm and discuss ideas for library activities and services for teens inTurlock. Community service hours are earned by attending meetings and helpingwith projects.

The Mystery Lovers Book Club will meet at 10:30 a.m.Oct. 11. This month's selection isThe Hound of the BaskervillesbySir Arthur Conan Doyle. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found mysteriously deadin the grounds of Baskerville Hall, people immediately associate his death withthe story of the monstrous creature that haunts the moor. The world-famousSherlock Holmes is drawn to the scene, knowing that there must be a morerational explanation.

Children can never worry about losing their place in a bookagain by creating their very own monster origami bookmark at 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Allages welcome; children 4 and under must have direct adult supervision.

Journey to Hawkins, Indiana and the Upside Down with thelibrarys celebration of the world of Stranger Things at 4 p.m. Oct. 16. Thelibrary will have buttons, crafts and a special treat while supplies last.Designed especially for teens and tweens ages 10 to 18.

Children will have the opportunity to build LEGOdisplaysfor the library using the librarys LEGOand LEGODUPLOblocksat 4 p.m. Oct. 22. LEGOplay helps children develop fine motor skills.Children under 4 are welcome, but must have direct parental supervision.

Come to the library at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 for an hour of classicboard game play. Playing board games helps teach socialization, sharing, takingturns and hand-eye coordination.

The library will host a special Halloween-themed PreschoolStory Time at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Oct. 31. Kids are encouraged to dress in anon-scary costume and participate in the Friends of the Turlock Library'sTrick-or-Treat Parade. A special craft will follow our Story Time.

The Turlock Library is located at 550 Minaret Ave. For moreinformation on Turlock Library programs, call 209-664-8100.


The Denair Library will begin its October events with a LEGODay. Children will have the opportunity to play with LEGOand LEGODUPLOblocksfrom noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday in October, beginning on Oct. 2. LEGOplayhelps children develop fine motor skills. Children under 4 are welcome, butmust have direct parental supervision.

Python Ron McGee will bring his favorite lizards and snakesto the library for a creepy-crawly good time at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Thiseducational, hands-on show-and-tell is open to all ages.

The Denair Library will host its Chess Club from 3 p.m. to 5p.m. Oct. 9 and 23. Participants should bring their own chess boards and piecesfor a nice, friendly game of chess. Chess puzzles will also be available tosolve. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, all are welcome.These will be unranked, fun games of chess. Come by and meet fellow players,and maybe even make a new friend.

Halloween is around the corner. Get a head start by winningtreats and toy prizes in a Halloween themed scavenger hunt in the library at 4p.m. Oct. 10.

Children can make a spooky spider out of a paper plate,googly eyes and pipe cleaners for legs at 4 p.m. Oct. 17. All craftsupplies provided.

Visitors to the library at 4 p.m. Oct. 24 can make ajack-o'-lantern with black paper and orange chalk using a clever stencil.All supplies provided.

On Halloween there may be a few "ghosts" goingtrick-or-treating. Children can make a miniature ghost out of a lollipop, acoffee filter and draw on a face of their choice at 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

The Denair Library is located at 4801 Kersey Rd. For moreinformation on Denair Library programs, call 209-634-1283.


The Keyes Library will host four craft events in the monthOctober.

Kids will be able to create a bookmark out of cardstock or make one using origami from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

Visitors to the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 can makespiders using pom poms and pipe cleaners.

Adults can create and paint butterflies using jumbo shell pastafrom 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18.

Kids will be able to color a sugar skull to celebrate Da delos Muertos from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

Python Ron McGee will bring his favorite lizards andsnakes to the Keyes Library at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 for a creepy-crawly good time. Thiseducational, hands-on show-and-tell is open to all ages.

The KeyesLibraryis located at 4420 Maud Ave. inKeyes. For more information about programs at the KeyesLibrary, call209-664-8000.

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Knights, kings, and chess champs – Aldergrove Star

Though not known to be much of a spectators sport, the Langley Open chess tournament was labeled very intense by Langley Chess Club member and secretary, Brian Davidson.

Each game runs three to four hours long one in the morning and one in the afternoon, Davidson explained. Theyre long days.

The annual Langley Open was held over the Labour Day long weekend at Brookswood Seniors Centre, attracting 83 players a record high with age ranges representing nearly a centurys worth of chess enthusiasts.

The oldest player we had would have been in their eighties while the youngest would have been six or seven, Davidson said. Its really good to see kids there theyre very strong. Many come from Vancouver Chess Schoolyoud be surprised how good they are.

Neil Doknjas, a 14-year-old club member and Langley Open participant has competed in tournaments all around the globe including the World Youth Chess Championships in both Greece and Slovenia.

Doknjas earned the second highest score of the tournament, which awarded him a spot in the next provincial level.

Its always fun to play chess no matter how intense a tournament gets. I enjoy the competitive aspects as well as the use of strategy. Doknjas said. Chess helps to develop good decision making and the ability to calculate or plan. A good work ethic is important in order to be successful.

Davaa-Ochir Nyamdorj, a 23-year-old accomplished chess player came in first place, winning every match he played and beating Doknjas in the final round.

Both will now take part in the 104th B.C. Closed championship in New Westminster, Oct. 11 to 14 for a shot at the provincial chess title.

Doknjas entire family also lives and breathes the game older brothers John and Joshua co-authored the chess book, Opening Repertoire: The Sicilian Najdorf, and have earned the top title at the Langley Open in previous years too.

The B.C. Closed is on the Thanksgiving long weekend and is an eight player round robin, Doknjas explained, who will also be competing against brother Joshua. To prepare, I will solve chess puzzles and simply play practice games with Joshua and John.

Davidson said this tourney is one of the final and largest qualifiers for the B.C. Closed tournament, which the Langley Chess Club has hosted for the past 15 years.

Doknjas won the Langley Chess Club Championship outright in 2014 and has taught lessons in and outside the community ever since.

Read More: The Kids are all right at Langley Open Chess Tourney

The Langley Chess Club is one of the oldest continuing clubs in Lower Mainland, operating for well over forty years.

Members meet Mondays, 7 p.m. at Brookswood Seniors Centre, 19899 36 Ave. New members are welcome.

For a full list of winners and results from the Langley Open, people can visit


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Chess Puzzles 43-44 for Kids | Mate in 1 | Queen-Bishop …

Chess Puzzle 43Mate in 1Please Make Your Move as White.For solution, click the button below:To see the 1st correct move:Hover the mouse over the puzzle ortouch the puzzle picture for mobile.Chess Puzzle 44 (next one) is below

Chess Puzzle 44Mate in 1Please Make Your Move as White.For solution, click the button below:To see the 1st correct move:Hover the mouse over the puzzle ortouch the puzzle picture for mobile.

Solution to Puzzle 431. Qe6#This chess puzzle shows a position in the opening phase of a game. In the opening, the position of the king must be defended. See and compare the position of the White king and that of Black. The White king is secured and the Black king exposed... The Black king moved ahead and is blocked by 3 his pieces behind him... The White queen moves on e6, which is defended by the White bishop, to mate in one. The mated king is not secured; he is ahead and blocked by his 3 pieces behind - the queen-bishop mate delivered.Back to top

Solution to Puzzle 441. Qh8#This chess puzzle shows a position in the endgame phase of a game with a fierce open fight. Have a look at the position around the Black king. The Black king is close to a corner; the f7-square (the key square in this position) is blocked by a friendly pawn... The White knight is attacking the corner square on h8. This is a typical position to engage the queen-knight mate. The White queen moves on h8, which is defended by the White knight, to mate in one.

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Why the world’s toughest maths problems are much harder than a chess puzzle, and well worth US$1m – The Conversation UK

The above picture shows a chessboard with two queens placed on it. As the queens do not share the same row, column or diagonal of the chessboard they are not attacking each other. Can you place another six queens on the board so that none of the eight queens are attacking each other? And if its possible, how many ways are there to do it?

This illustrated puzzle using a typical chessboard, an example of what is called the 8-queens completion problem, is from 1850. Yet only now, in a paper written by Chris Jefferson, Peter Nightingale and me published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, have we confirmed the depth of complexity hidden within the puzzle when scaled up to allow for boards of any size, with any number of queens pre-placed in any arrangement on the board a much harder version of the puzzle known as n-queens completion.

Unfortunately, due to misunderstandings when our paper was reported by the media (here for example, or here with correction) many people now think I am going to pay them US$1m. I am sorry to disappoint them, and hope here to put the record straight.

The n-queens completion puzzle is a form of mathematical problem common in computer science and described as NP-complete. These are interesting problems because if an efficient solution can be found for one NP-complete problem, it can be used to solve all NP-complete problems.

Some of these puzzles may seem unimportant identifying the largest number of Facebook friends that dont know each other, for example. But a fast and efficient solution to this problem could also be used to solve other problems with a more practical purpose for example, calculating the password used to encrypt data sent between a web browser and a bank. While it may seem odd that the placement of queens on a chessboard can in some way be translated to password encryption, that is indeed the case. That is the nature of all NP-complete problems.

Thousands of problems have been proved to be NP-complete. What I like about n-queens completion is that it is one of the simplest NP-complete problems to explain, especially to people who know the rules of chess. It is also a simple variant of one of the most widely studied problems in artificial intelligence: n-queens, which is the same puzzle but starting with an empty board rather than one with pre-placed queens. Following our paper, we now understand that the reason why the n-queens completion problem is so much harder than the version with an empty board is that it is an example of an NP-complete problem.

Nobody knows, even very roughly, how hard NP-complete problems are. They could be as easy as sorting a list of names into alphabetical order, or they could be exponentially harder. Finding out which they are is called the P vs NP problem, and it is one of the great unsolved mathematical problems so much so that the Clay Mathematics Institute (not me) is offering a prize of US$1m for the solution of P vs NP.

Since our paper shows that the n-queens completion problem is NP-complete, anyone able to show whether its an easy or difficult problem could win a million dollars. This seemed an obvious hook to publicise our paper, and while we were delighted to take part with Peter and I posing with giant chess pieces we only wish that the reporting hadnt given people the impression they could win the money for solving the n-queens problem, rather than the P vs NP problem that is far harder and potentially unsolveable.

Its possible the reason people misunderstood what was required to win the Clay Institutes prize is how many layers removed the prize requirements is from solving chess puzzles.

First, they needed to be tackling the right problem, since n-queens is easy and n-queens completion is hard.

Second, it is not enough to solve instances on a standard 8-by-8 chessboard. For example, we already know that the 8-queens completion problem from 1850 has two possible answers. People have to solve the problem for any sized chessboard.

The third layer is to solve the puzzle not just for a particular layout of queens, but for any possible layout of any possible number of queens on a board of any possible size. Even finding algorithms for this level of n-queens completion is not enough.

The fourth layer is to not just solve the puzzle, but to mathematically prove the properties of the algorithms that have given you the answer. This is where the prize money is: to solve the wider P vs NP question, one must either mathematically prove that an algorithm exists that can solve n-queens completion efficiently (technically, in polynomial time) or alternatively to mathematically prove that this is impossible. And, in either case, to have published this work in journals for the worlds mathematicians to pore over for two years.

Its possible that we hadnt made clear the sheer complexity of the task required to win the prize money. It might be said that we failed to explain these layers very well. If I may help those still aiming for the prize, however, I would advise the following:

Get a PhD in computational complexity

Be brilliant

Be very, very, lucky

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Can You Solve the Million-Dollar, Unsolvable Chess Problem? – Atlas Obscura

The problem may not be intrinsically challenging by nature, but increasing the size of the board pushes it from complex to nigh impossible. Public Domain

Faced with seemingly unsolvable problems, historically, people get creative, whether a sword through the Gordian Knot or the threat of one through a disputed baby. But a seemingly simple chess problem will require a sharper solutionso sharp, in fact, that researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland are offering a $1 million reward.

The riddle, known as the Queens Puzzle, was devised in 1850. Eight queens must be placed on a standard chessboard so that no two pieces can take one another. According to a release from the university, This means putting one queen each row, so that no two queens are in the same column, and no two queens in the same diagonal. Solutions are not hard to imagine, but the problem becomes more complex when the chessboard growssay 100 queens on a 100-by-100 chessboard. When the numbers start getting really large, computer solutions are unable to solve it.

Any program that could do so will be far more powerful than anything we currently have, said Professor Ian Gent, a computer scientist at the university. If you could write a computer program that could solve the problem really fast, you could adapt it to solve many of the most important problems that affect us all daily. This program, he said, would be able to decrypt even the toughest online security, something that would take current software thousands of years to unravel, by scrolling through and then discarding an almost infinite number of solutions until one works. His colleague, Peter Nightingale, questioned whether this is even be possible. What our research has shown is thatfor all practical purposesit cant be done, he says. Hence the massive prize offer.

Although its hard to prove definitively, historians believe chess was invented in around the year 570, in what is now northeastern India. There is no shortage of famous chess puzzles, many of which remain unsolved to this day. A more recent development, however, has come in the writing of programs that create or solve problems too difficult or time-consuming for humans to do unassisted.

Some of these programs are so complicated that even their designers dont fully understand how they work. Chesthetica, a program written by the computer scientist Azlan Iqbal, generates hundreds of problems, using digital synaptic neural substrate (DSNS) technology. One might ask where does Chesthetica get its ideas? writes Iqbal in Chess News. I do not know. How or why should a computer be able to compose chess problems like these at all? Can computers autonomously do this sort of thing? These are also good questions and I believe the answer lies with the DSNS technology. Why it works, he explained, remained an open questionbut, somehow, it does. Maybe the large Queens puzzlesolving program will be similarly inscrutable.

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Young Marape shines in Zimbabwe – Mmegi Online

Marape (10) proved her mettle when she took part in a competition above her age category. She played in the Under-13 category and still proved too strong for her senior counterparts, bagging a gold medal.

Her performance meant she booked her space at the World Schools Individual Championships to be held in Durres, Albania in April 2018. Marape has also qualified to receive a higher international chess title, Woman FIDE Master.

Her coach and father, Marape Marape told Mmegi Sport yesterday that almost every player in the category was three years older than Naledi.

She has been the most consistent national youth player over the past three years. She is the fulcrum of the team and the only player to have won a medal at each of the past three African chess championships, he said.

Naledi was part of the team that was in a training camp with the Russian Grandmaster Nickolay Chadaey for three weeks before the competition in Harare.

The coach said the camp assisted the player a lot. He said in addition he made sure that everyday for four weeks prior to the Africa Schools Chess Championship, she had a daily schedule that included studying chess tactics, solving chess puzzles, end games, openings and middle game theory.

I made sure that

she fulfilled this schedule. Also as part of preparation for this tournament, I took her to Durban to take part in the South Africa Open Chess Championship in July. That tough tournament gave her the necessary practice, he said.

He said the time controls of South Africa Open Chess Championship and Africa Schools Chess Championship were the same but the standard of competition was different. He said despite the tough competition she faced in Durban, she brought home a medal.

Meanwhile, Botswana emerged as the champions of Africa Schools Chess Championship after collecting nine medals (three gold, three silver and three bronze). The hosts, Zimbabwe finished in the second spot with 10 medals (two gold, four silver and four bronze). Uganda anchored the log with two medals (one silver and one bronze). Other countries that competed at the championship are Kenya, Angola, Zambia and South Africa. Botswana Chess Federation spokesperson, Kutlwano Tatolo said the team was under the guidance of Chadaev. Botswana defended their title won last year.

Gold medals: Natalie Banda (Under 11 girls) and Temo Kapane (Under seven boys)

Silver medals: Susan Sethebe (Under-17 girls), Laone Moshoboro (Under-9 girls) and Hasitha Manikonda (Under-7 girls)

Bronze: Thabo Elias (Under-17 boys), Marape Marape Junior (Under-15 boys) and Arona Moshoboro (Under-11 girls).

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Chess Ultra Makes A Move On Nintendo Switch – Nintendo Insider

Ripstone has revealed that they will release Chess Ultra on Nintendo Switch, the first game to be crafted by the publishers in-house development team.

With stunning environments and beautiful chess sets, such as a Fire and Brimstone set that literally burns, there are over 80 chess puzzles, 10 Grandmaster approved AI levels, local and online multiplayer with an ELO ranking system, historical matches, in-depth tutorials and comprehensive time controls including Classical, Blitz and Marathon.

Ripstone also teases Nintendo specific features, that they promise to reveal more about soon.

The team here at Ripstone are delighted to bring Chess Ultra to Nintendo Switch, it gives players a completely different, intuitive way to play the game, enthused Matt Southern, head of development at Ripstone.

Theres a lot of lifelong Nintendo fans in the studio, and we love being able to support the console.

Chess Ultra will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide this year.

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Checkmate is possible when Chess Ultra comes to Switch – Vooks

Ripstone has announced that Chess Ultra is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year, their first in house developed title for the system. Ripstone are bringing Ironcast to the platform next week, but no date has been released for Chess Ultra yet.

The team here at Ripstone are delighted to bring Chess Ultra to Nintendo Switch, it gives players a completely different, intuitive way to play the game. Theres a lot of lifelong Nintendo fans in the studio, and we love being able to support the console states Matt Southern, Head of Development at Ripstone.

Players will discover a variety of gameplay options available, including 10 AIs approved by Grandmasters, the best chess players in the world, in addition there are 80 chess puzzles to attempt to solve. If you just want to sit down and discover a simple game of chess, you can do that in one of the games crafted locations, like a library or museum, but if you want a little more heat to your game, you can even change up your set, one option is called Fire and Brimstone which is literally on fire.

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