[Retros] Questions on Coloring Problems
kevinjbegley at gmail.com
Sat Jul 2 04:02:42 EDT 2011
Actually, upon further reflection, perhaps Alain has a point.
I don't actually employ markers when solving coloring problems, but, it's
wrong of me not to appreciate this issue from the perspective of those who
do... Especially considering that this activity does draw youngsters to
Perhaps a compromise is possible here...
One idea would be to publish the problems using neutrals of a (perhaps much)
lighter shade -- ensuring greater coloring ease, upon a printed page.
Another idea would be to indicate "uncolored" with white units (for coloring
purposes), but then employ two substitute colors (e.g., red and blue,
instead of white and black) to indicate the opposing sides!?
Unfortunately, the latter idea involves a color scheme which violates the
game's black & white history -- but, then, reasonable compromises are never
On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM, Kevin Begley <kevinjbegley at gmail.com>wrote:
> I did encounter something around a handful of coloring problems using
> all-black units.
> I can understand why journals printed them this way in the past -- lacking
> neutral publishing options -- but, there's little reason to continue this
> Your methodology is only functional when all units are of an unknown
> You really should rethink the matter. :)
> On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 9:28 AM, Alain BROBECKER <abrobecker at yahoo.com>wrote:
>> I came to retroanalysis thanks to
>> coloring problems (especially a very simple
>> one by Pascal Wassong which was used
>> in the French retro solving competition).
>> The reason invoked by Henrik sounds correct.
>> Also what attracted me by the time was the
>> "all white units" aside the other chess
>> diagrams in Europe Echecs. That could be
>> another reason why an all white units is
>> Last, when actually solving/composing
>> such a problem i use my yellow/violet
>> coloring pencils. Thus all white units
>> is easier for coloring and i would never
>> think about printing it in another way.
>> best, Alain
>> Alain Brobecker (abrobecker at yahoo.com) |_ _ _ |_
>> http://abrobecker.free.fr/ |_)(_|(_|| ) of Arm's Tech
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