The Checker Maven


The term zig-zag is of uncertain origin. It seems to have first appeared in print in a Dutch publication in 1706; it appeared in English around 1728. It is probably a variation of the German word "zickzack." This word evidently referred to castle fortifications, which were often built in a zig-zag form; the word "zick-zack" was also used in English, along with "zic-zac," until "zig-zag" seemed to become the standard--- if such things really have standards.

Today's checker problem definitely has a zig-zag nature, as can be seen in the diagram below.


White to Play and Win


This is supposed to be an easy problem, but in fact it requires some thought. Can you make those pieces zig and zag to a White win? Give it a try and then zig-zag your mouse over to Read More to see the solution.


The win in the main line is fairly straightforward, but in note B, Black complicates things a little.

32-27 9-14---A 27-23 19-24 22-18 17-21---B 18x9 White Wins.

A---17-21 22-18 13-17 26-22 17x26 30x16 White Wins.

B---24-27 18x9 27-31 26-22 17x26 9-6 13-17 6-2 17-22 2-7 31-27 7-11 27x18 30x14 White Wins.

07/30/11 - Category: Problems - Printer friendly version
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