You know - I have this peculiar hobby.
I collect and cherish One-move chess problems, especially
Mate-in-one puzzles. As I wanted to share the results
this hobby of mine with you all, I began to think how this would be
best accomplished. After having a lengthy - and sometimes loud -
discussion with myself, we came in the conclusion that the best way to
do so was to present them as a timed quiz and giving the client -you-
an estimate of his/her ELO -number based on the result.
However, I did not found any ready-made program available for this
purpose and I do not regard myself as a programmer. Still I resorted to
an age old method to acquire enough capabilities to do the job. Namely
buying a lot of thick, heavy and expensive books on programming and
letting their content permeate my brains by being in the same room with
them. I have found this same method works wonders with chess books as
Now this has evolved to a point, where I am comfortable to release the
QuizzoFacto(R) puzzle engine that presents a set of eight (8) puzzles
to the user and evaluates the results. You'll find the end results in
the table below.
Midnight oil from Mipsonian Institute: Our computer
scientists have dutifully worked day and night to produce the new
puzzle engine Quizzo Facto v.2.0. This impossibly intelligent machine
can solve ...Ta-Daam...even mate-in-two puzzles and present the
findings to an unsuspecting solver in the form of a quiz. It has
been fully tested on rats and other furry animals. You -furry or not -
will find the end products as simple or regular twomovers in the table.
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