This is a very interesting problem I discovered today while trying to prepare for a Mathematical Circles lesson organized by Alok Mittal, where he is teaching a group of children mathematics through puzzles. The puzzle is also from the book “Mathematical Circles”, by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin and Ilia Itenberg. Chapter 5.
Several knights are situated on a 3×3 chessboard as shown in Starting Point. Can they move, using the usual chess knight’s move, to the position shown in Destination Point?
For those looking for a hint….think graph theory!
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