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Conway's Chequerboard Army

Stage: 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Here is a solitaire type environment for students to experiment with. It requires forward planning and logical thinking.

The narrator Christopher in the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time remarks that Conway's soldiers is "a good mathematics problem to do in your head when you don't want to think about something else because you can make it as complicated as you need to fill your brain by making the board as big as you want and the moves as complicated as you want" (Mark Haddon 2003).

If students have enjoyed this problem they may be interested in reading Mathematical mysteries: The Solitaire Advance and Conway's Angels and Devils Game