# Thread: A chinese puzzle with coins

1. ## A chinese puzzle with coins

Hello

You have 5 coins. Two types of them. Two of them are red, three of them are blue, and they are positioned like this:

OoOoO

Now how do you make them position like this:

OOO
oo

If you only can:

Move two coins at a time.
You must always move a blue coin and a red coin.
You are not allowed to move two coins of the same color
You are not allowed to flip the position of the coins (always use two fingers, dont twist your arm and fingers around)

My uncle from the Chinese part of my family gave this to me a week ago, i still cant figure it out..

2. Hi

Normally the rule says that you must move two consecutive coins

To find the solution start from the end

OOOoo

The last movement involved one blue coin and one red coin that must be consecutive : there is only one choice (the third and fourth coins)

OoOO__o : this one works. Find the last but one movement and so on

The job can be done in 5 movements

3. Originally Posted by running-gag
Hi

Normally the rule says that you must move two consecutive coins

To find the solution start from the end

OOOoo

The last movement involved one blue coin and one red coin that must be consecutive : there is only one choice (the third and fourth coins)

OoOO__o : this one works. Find the last but one movement and so on

The job can be done in 5 movements
Hello

But if I follow your steps, I can do it in 3 steps.
OoOoO
OoOOo
OOOoo

I think I dont understand the rules properly. Can you insert the coins between the other ones (like I do in the last step)? Must you not always move to consequtive different coins after each other?

Brilliant advice to start from the finish by the way, I never thought about it like that.

4. Originally Posted by Vindicator
Hello

But if I follow your steps, I can do it in 3 steps.
OoOoO
OoOOo
OOOoo

I think I dont understand the rules properly. Can you insert the coins between the other ones (like I do in the last step)? Must you not always move to consequtive different coins after each other?

Brilliant advice to start from the finish by the way, I never thought about it like that.
No because you are not allowed to flip the coins

In the rule I know you must put 2 fingers (usually your forefinger and your middle finger) each one on 2 consecutive coins.
Then you must slide both coins next to the other coins.
For instance starting from the beginning
_____OoOoO
- If you take the 2 first coins you can do
_______OoOOo
- Instead if you take the 2nd and 3rd coins you can do
___oOO__oO
_or___O__oOoO