Puzzle #194: Adjacent Cells On a Chessboard

This is another beauty of a puzzle from A Moscow Math Circle: Week by Week Problems by Sergey Dorichenko.

The numbers from 1 to 64 have been placed in each square on a chessboard such that each number appears exactly once. Prove that there will be two squares sharing an edge whose numbers will differ by more than 4.

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Happy Eid!

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1 Response to Puzzle #194: Adjacent Cells On a Chessboard

  1. From square marked 1 to square marked 64, the maximum manhattan distance possible between the two squares is 14. Since 63/14>4, there has to be at least one step where the jump is greater than 4. Hence proved.

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