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MatPlus.Net Forum Solving Tests Solving Tests to be resumed?
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(1) Posted by Roland Ott [Monday, Jan 27, 2014 11:19]

Solving Tests to be resumed?

Have solving tests been discontinued on the MatPlus website?
I would greatly appreciate if these valuable tests would be resumed soon
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(2) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Monday, Jan 27, 2014 18:18]
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(3) Posted by Alain Villeneuve [Sunday, Nov 1, 2015 20:05]

Your answer 1.1 N6e5? is incorrect.
The key is: 1.S6e5!

A simple question : why in english, "N" is incorrect ? It seems to me that "S" is german (Springer).
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(4) Posted by ichai [Monday, Nov 2, 2015 07:35]

In any case, you don't need to write the solution.
You click on the departure square - the piece you want to move - it will be coloured, then you click on the arrival square you intend to play, it will be coloured as well, and you'll see the move written (if it looks like an illegal move, it will be refused).
Then click OK !
A very nice tool !

About N : I think N or S are usual for OTB players.
But problemists choose S because N remains used for Nightriders.
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(5) Posted by Alain Villeneuve [Monday, Nov 2, 2015 09:31]

Thank you Ichai. Your method does not seem to work for the diagram on the right of the page, but it's OK, once you know it.

I like the nightrider very much, especially on a cylindric board (!), but this reason makes me laugh ! And I still do not see what is the english word beginning by "S".

It would be easier for me to write in german. Especially because T (Turm) and D (Dame) are the same than in french !
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(6) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Monday, Nov 2, 2015 13:05]

See the question in eg 4, April 1966, p. 89, which I will fullquote here.

Q: Why does E G use "S" for knight?
A: Some symbol had to be chosen as an alternative to the clumsy, space-consuming traditional English "Kt' "K" is of course out of the question as it is already used for king. The choice lay between "N" and "S". Both are used by players, and 'N' is also used in the FIDE Revue (which also uses "S" for Bishop, by the way, the reason for this being that the sibilant is the first sound of the Slav name for this piece). "S" is already used in the British Chess Problem Society's journal "The Problemist", however, and it was this fact that swayed us in the final choice. "S" stands for "Springer", the German name for the knight. An argument against the FIDE symbols is that fairy chess uses N for the "Nightrider". the piece that can make, in one move, any number of successive ordinary knight moves in a straight line. Also, in our attempt to make E G as international as possible, we think S will be widely accepted for knight When we were at Piran (Yugoslavia) in 1958 for the first world congress of chess composers we found that German was by far the most generally useful language to converse in.

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(7) Posted by Nikola Predrag [Monday, Nov 2, 2015 13:23]

Isn't there some meaning of "to spring"/"the springer" in English?
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(8) Posted by Alain Villeneuve [Monday, Nov 2, 2015 15:40]

Only a native english speaker can answer, Nikola. I completely forgot to ask John Roycroft in Ostroda (we talked about endgames, this is not a surprise !).

About history of this, he should probably answer the quote given by Siegfried (danke !). Anyway, you will agree with me that we don't meet nightriders everyday in the review "Endgame" !
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(9) Posted by Adrian Storisteanu [Monday, Nov 2, 2015 16:18]

OED shows two meanings for "springer" (noun) which might come close - "One who springs or leaps.", and "(slang) A racehorse on which the betting odds suddenly shorten"...
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(10) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Monday, Nov 2, 2015 18:34]

Of course Springer in English also means "one that springs" (or jumps -- added by me!).
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