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A solution to the NQueens problem

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## The Problem

• Place N queens on an NxN chess board so that none of them attack each other (the classic n-queens problem).

• Additionally, please make sure that no three queens are in a straight line at ANY angle, so queens on A1, C2 and E3, despite not attacking each other, form a straight line at some angle.

## The Algorithm

This is a standard NQueens solution with backtracking. The implementation uses bitboards to store the queen position plus all controlled fields. Then all bitboards are combined using standard bit or. This makes finding an empty field pretty simple. The lines between fields are calculated separately.

## Improvement Ideas

• Store the lines between the fields in a map. This is needed for fast removing them when a queen is moved to another position.

• Store the fields laying on the additional lines in bitmaps too. This can make things faster or slower, so it will need to be benchmarked.

## Running The Program

You can run it with gradle run.

## Example Output

Program for solving the n-queens problem.

Place N queens on an NxN chess board so that none of them attack each other (the classic n-queens problem).   Additionally, please make sure that no three queens are in a straight line at ANY angle,   so queens on A1, C2 and E3, despite not attacking each other, form a straight line at some angle.

Provide the size of the board:
1
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The solution for 1 queens is:

The board with queens looks like this:

0  | *
| 0

The queens are at points: [(0,0)]

Provide the size of the board:
2
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Didn't find any solution for 2 queens

Provide the size of the board:
10
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The solution for 10 queens is:

The board with queens looks like this:

9   | ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  *  ·  ·  ·  ·
8   | ·  ·  *  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·
7   | ·  ·  ·  ·  *  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·
6   | ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  *
5   | ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  *  ·  ·
4   | ·  ·  ·  *  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·
3   | ·  *  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·
2   | ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  *  ·  ·  ·
1   | ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  *  ·
0   | *  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·  ·
| 0  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

The queens are at points: [(0,0), (1,3), (2,8), (3,4), (4,7), (5,9), (6,2), (7,5), (8,1), (9,6)]

Provide the size of the board:

A solution to the NQueens problem

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