July 2019 - Challenge

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This month's challenge is by Hugo Pfoertner. (Thanks!)

A non-intersecting knight's cycle is a closed tour made of legal moves of a chess knight on a rectangular board of size mXn, such that the straight lines connecting consecutively visited fields make a simple polygon of an enclosed area A.
Find two non-intersecting knight's cycles of length 14 on boards of size \le 40 such that the difference between their areas is at least 7.

As an example, there are two non-intersecting knight's cycles of length 4 on boards of size \le 16 such that the difference between their areas is 1:
The first has an area of 3 on 4x4 board: a1 c2 d4 b3 a1
and the second has an area of 4 on 3x5 board: c1 e2 c3 a2 c1.

Submit your solution as two lines of 15 visited fields (start=end) using algebraic chess notation as we used above.




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Challenge: 28/06/2019 @ 12:00 PM EST
Solution: 03/08/2019 @ 12:00 PM EST
List Updated: 05/08/2019 @ 12:00 PM EST

People who answered correctly:

Bert Dobbelaere (30/06/2019 05:02 PM IDT)
Daniel Chong Jyh Tar (30/06/2019 07:45 PM IDT)
Thomas HUET (30/06/2019 08:11 PM IDT)
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Florian Fischer (01/07/2019 12:54 AM IDT)
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Gary M. Gerken (01/07/2019 03:15 AM IDT)
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George Wahid (02/07/2019 04:12 PM IDT)
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Daniel Bitin (02/07/2019 11:56 PM IDT)
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