Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Code System of the starting positions

As there are 120x120=14400 possible starting positions after the setup, a code system has been developed to identify them. Every starting position receives a code formed by two letters. The first letter shows us the position of the white pieces, the second one the positions of the black pieses (both from the white player’s view). Some examples:

There is also an older code system which gives a number between 1 and 7200 to every starting position. In that system, mirrored positions receive the same code (AA=A*A*=1, AB*=A*B=106,...)

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