Fermat's 4n+1 Theorem and the n Queens Problem

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The goal of the Queens problem is to arrange Queens on an chessboard such that no Queen attacks another. Fermat's theorem states that each prime of the form can be written as a sum of two squares. A class of solutions to the Queens problem corresponds to such decompositions. For example, . Place a Queen in the center of a board. Move 2 squares over, 3 squares up, and place a Queen on the resulting square. Keep moving and placing Queens on the board in this manner, identifying the top and bottom edges as well as the right and left edges of the board.

Contributed by: Jay Warendorff (October 2007)
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L. C. Larson, "A Theorem about Primes Proved on a Chessboard," Mathematics Magazine, 50(2), 1977 pp. 69–74.

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