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MatPlus.Net Forum Promenade Nikolai Beluhov - in the footsteps of the Puzzle King
 
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(1) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 12:27]

Nikolai Beluhov - in the footsteps of the Puzzle King


After confirming with Mr. Beluhov the identity, I want to present to readers that the famous chess composer and mathematician from Bulgaria, Nikolai Beluhov, is also a great puzzle designer in other genres.

The master, born in 1990, Nikolay Ivanov Beluhov, not only is a strong chess composer, as we all know, but also participated in the 2006-2008 International Mathematical Olympiad (silver 2006, gold 2007 and 2008)[1] and runs a blog "Puzzled by Titles" where he presents puzzles of many different genres.[2]
This morning, I stumbled upon his name watching a video[3] about a brilliant pentomino snake puzzle[4] and recognized the name. Could it be? So I sent an e-mail, and from what I understand the puzzle creator confirmed to be the chess composer and mathematician.
On his blog, many puzzles are of beautiful geometrical starting positions, highly enjoyable to see them. So if anyone is interested, it might be worth having a look. The following one caught my attention, as it is also of high simplicity: https://nbpuzzles.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/checkered-pentominous/
However, I didn't have time to solve it yet, as I should finish a first draft for my "Study of the Month" column this week.

As my policy is to not write about still active composers on my monthly column, I thought it should be instead appropriate to post here, which also saves me from writing a biography and select chess compositions - so you can also concentrate on the other puzzles. Of course, if you are only into chess and mathematics, Beluhov also combines those both topics.[5]

[1] https://www.imo-official.org/participant_r.aspx?id=8878
[2] https://nbpuzzles.wordpress.com/
[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGFsdutL7VY
[4] https://www.gmpuzzles.com/blog/2017/06/pentosnake-nikolai-beluhov/
[5] https://arxiv.org/abs/1706.08845

("Puzzle King" of course refers to Sam Loyd, tongue in cheek)
 
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