Red: Gen J7 -> I7
Blue : Miner H7 -> H8
Red: Gen I7 -> I8
Thanks, yes in variation 3 (with the general at I9 instead of the colo) the sergeant makes all the difference. I was responding to your blog, first part of variation 2:
2. Player red plays colonel I5 -> I6. Miner goes to H10, Colonel ends up at I9. Red general can either move forward, blocking the opposing general (which is pointless as blue can force red to move by using the sergeant ones the generals are lined up diagonally),
the point being that in this situation red is already to move when everything is diagonally lined up, so no sergeant required in variation 2.
In chess or draughts, such endgames would be solved exhaustively by using endgame databases. The much bigger size of the Stratego board would stretch normal computers to their absolute limits for these type of endgames (6 moving pieces, fixed bomb formation). And it would require coding the 2-square rule somehow, as well as double chasing, so I don't think it's very easy to get the absolute truth here.
Edited by TemplateRex, 13 December 2017 - 12:31 AM.