Ninety Nine

This new game is pretty testing. The current rating is Medium, 10%, Mostly skill. Many people may find it more difficult than that though. Game #1 is winnable but far from easy. Column 11 was the one that I concentrated my efforts on. Attaching a partial solution at the point it was cleared. The next move is to transfer the pile of cards from column four (headed by a king of diamonds) into the empty column. Take your time and you should manage to win it. More advanced partials also available. (I accept PayPal). >:)
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  • Member, Beta Tester
    Thanks, Richard. It was fairly easy from your partial. You did all the heavy lifting.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    It's quite an interesting game I thought Ken. You are often faced with choosing between several possible moves. Easy to choose the wrong ones. Some people specialise in that. :D
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I forgot I solved #1 back when I first tried it. So I did it again. What a surprise when the stats came up.
  • edited April 8 Member, Beta Tester
    So it looks like yoiu are suggesting that Ken is not as smart as us are you Mike? :D
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I never disputed that fact...
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Then allow me to do so on your behalf. You have solved plenty of difficult games, year in, year out. It's just work that's getting in your road these days. Mike and I don't have that problem. One of us doesn't even do housework. ;))
  • Member, Beta Tester
    You and Ken are much better than I am at these types of games. I get lost easily trying to remember what card goes where. And right now my concentration is really bad. I will try number two when I have more time.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    If #2 is anythiong to go by I may have grossly overestimated the difficulty of Ninety Nine. Worrying back makes life a lot easier.
    You don't have to be a Grand Master to enjoy playing chess. Skills levels are irelevant in PGS. We have games ranging from very easy to downright impossible. Play the games you like and enjoy it for what it is. It's the most brilliant collection of games you will ever see. Does it really matter how good or bad players are? If I thought along those lines I would never post solutions.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Did you win #2?
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Yes Ken, I found it quite straightforward. I do quite a lot of worrying back.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I have not won #2 yet. it looked winnable. Even worrying back I still made an error someplace.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Got #2. But it took a while.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    #3 is a different kettle of fish. I won it on my third total restart. Lots of components you have to keep a careful eye on or you land up in a mess. Even with my partial with two empty columns I think you may find it tricky.
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  • edited April 10 Member, Beta Tester
    #4 is by far the hardest yet in my opinion. I must have spent well over two hours on it before winning it. I abandoned one effort where I had two columns empty. After restarting I managed to clear two different columns. I abandoned that effort eventually too. Be warned, this is going to mess you up. But. you could just get lucky and get the best combo quite quickly. I wish you better luck than I had.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Stuck on #3. have not tried the partial. Perhaps later. I just feel like I should get this one.
  • edited April 11 Member, Beta Tester
    I thought it was a tough one Mike. Most of them are. I still need to win #7 to maintain my 100% record. It's driving me up the wall.
    Finally defeated #7. It is a total pig.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    The first ten all winnable. 8 was difficult. 9 and 10 fairly reasonable.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Finally got #3 !!!
  • Member, Beta Tester
    Excellent! =D> It's surprising what we can do when we ut our minds to it.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    It was one of those things we have talked about. When you know it is winnable. You just can't give up.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    #4 is won.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    How in the world did you get #5?
  • Member, Beta Tester
    #5 Mike? The answer is obvious. Either I'm in league with the devil or I have God on my side. >:)
    See how you get on from here.
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  • Member, Beta Tester
    The partial did the trick. I am sure I got to that same spot at some time. The trouble with these games. With so many cards in view. I just can't focus. So many choices. Thanks.
  • edited April 14 Member, Beta Tester
    Well done Mike. I know there are lots of playable cards at times. Don't think for one second that I make the right choices time after time. I make educated guesses, that's all. Sometimes they are correct but often they don't work out the way I thought they would. Then I just hit the undo button and take it back to a promising looking point and make alternative moves and hope that they work out better. That's PGS. That's why we love it. :)
  • Member, Beta Tester
    #6 won. I was going to throw in the towel and ask for help. But I finally got lucky.
  • Member, Beta Tester
    No luck involved Mike, just perseverance. Well done. =D>
  • Member, Beta Tester
    The partial for #3 was a good one because I won it immediately but I am still clueless about #5. Unlike you and Mike, I must not be devilish. Help, please...
  • Member, Beta Tester
    I opened my solution for #5 Ken and started undoing until I came to a move that was out of the norm. The KC from column 9 was played up onto the foundations. The reasoning was that two consecutive black kings from the waste pile have to be dealt with. I only tackled the problem cards in column 11 after I had emptied the stock and the waste. At that point it contained 17 cards.
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  • Member, Beta Tester
    I cannot believe this. I have three columns cleared near the end of #8. And can't finish it off. Good luck with this one Ken.
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