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The Combination Magic Square and Knight’s Tour

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Succinctly definied by MathsIsFun.com, a Magic Square is “a square filled with numbers so that the total of each row, each column and each main diagonal are all the same.”

The Knight’s Tour is a thousand-year-old pattern that’s revealed when a knight, following its traditional L-shaped chess movement, visits every square on a chessboard.

Now combine them. Maths YouTuber Ayliean demonstrates the Knight’s Tour Magic Square in the video above.

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magic square with a knights tour
Ayliean also shares useful links and further reading about Magic Squares and Knight’s Tours, including these negative numbers magic squares puzzles and geomagic squares.

Related exploration: Knight’s Tour Challenge.

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