# How many squares are there on a standard chess board?

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February 11th, 2012

My mom’s trying to paint a chess board on the top of my little sister’s table and she can’t remember how many squares there are. She thinks it’s 8×8 but she wanted to double check.

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## 11 Answers

64 @ragingloli is correct, even though his chessboard is probably one of those multi-level things.

@filmfann

3 dimensional, and the tiles are shuffled every turn.

64. Also remember that the checkered pattern always has a black square to the player’s lower left hand corner.

The one I use is 6 dimensional.

I’d say thee are 65 or more. There are 64 squares for the chess pieces. The board itslef is a square. And usually, the squares the pieces occupy do not stretch to the edge, so they form a 66th square. In addition, many boards have one or more square borders between the squares the pieces occupy and the edge of the board.Then there is the question of whether to count a cluster of 4 or 6 squares as a separate square. How’s that for over-thinking a simple question?

@ETpro Following the strategy of counting combinations of squares as one square, there will be

1^2 + 2^2 + 3^2 + 4^2 + 5^2 + 6^2 + 7^2 + 8^2 = 204 squares on the board.

In addition, you could potentially draw an infinite number of squares at any angle on the board if you ignore the squares that are already there. Then you can get into non-Euclidean geometry and have squares whose lines wrap around the board.

@PhiNotPi There you go. I knew it. This question is impossible to answer.

It depends on the chessboard.

@Yetanotheruser It depends much more strongly on who is answering the question.

The place is more vile than /b/. Not an easy task to accomplish.

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