Save the Queens Chess Puzzle

Save the Queens Chess Puzzle

Save the Queens Chess Puzzle Arrange the 4 boards to form an 8×8 grid such that no queen (star shape) is repeated on any column, row, or any diagonal, thus making them safe from attack from a chess type move where Queens can move horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.  Although the puzzle does not appear difficult, it is shockingly hard to solve, with over 12,000 orientations possible and only 1 possible solution.Makes an excellent desk or coffee table type puzzle, because people are willing to try it and often get absorbed in it, thinking a solution is close at hand.  (probably not:)) Woods used are 1/4” thick Maine hardwoods and may be Ash, Maple or Birch.Made by Creative Crafthouse in their Spring Hill, FL shop.

Trying to see how the pieces fit and re-assessing where they can go if they do not fit is a good exercise to check and re-evaluate the choices. Each piece can only come in one place, so there is no compromise and negotiation that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to continually re-evaluate his decisions and learns to be patient with the process because it is an integral part of the game.

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