Article A knight's tour solver in pascal - supplement

Following my earlier post on the Knights tour: It seems it is crucial for a backtracking algorithm what the knights starting position is, and even more important in what order the jumps are tried. Because there are 8 possible moves for a knight, you have to decide in which order they should be performed. If there is not a deviation when backtracking the algorithm gets stuck in almost the same positions very very often.

I rewrote the order of jumps for my 7x7 board and found a solution in seconds. Using the same order for an 8x8 board gets me stuck in endless tries again. I see its important to implement the Warnsdorff's algorithm, perhaps I will do so.

Published: 2008-01-22 Tags: #Algorithms