Archive for date: April 23, 2010

The Fhourstones Benchmark

April 23, 2010 | Games and Diversions | By: Mark VandeWettering

The game Connect Four is a pretty neat little game, which was solved back in 1988 by two different individuals: James Allen and Victor Allis. It makes a pretty nifty benchmark too, called Fhourstones. My modern desktop evaluates over 10 million positions per second, and can solve the entire game in about 3 minutes. Pretty […]

Milhouse muses from the past…

April 23, 2010 | Checkers | By: Mark VandeWettering

A couple of years ago, I mused about an “easy” checkers problem which my checkers program Milhouse found to be pretty difficult. Here’s the position again, with White to move and win: (I didn’t mention the source of the puzzle before, I got it out of one of Rob Pike’s books, not sure which one. […]