How many rooks are required such that all dark squares on the chessboard are covered by at least one rook.

  • $\begingroup$ If I now have the answer, should I post it? $\endgroup$
    – Sunny Lu
    Jan 31 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose you want the minimal number of rooks? $\endgroup$ Jan 31 at 14:11
  • $\begingroup$ How many rooks are required, so yes. $\endgroup$
    – Sunny Lu
    Jan 31 at 15:18
  • $\begingroup$ @SnySmartie I laughed so hard at the edit history. Keep it up! $\endgroup$
    – enzo
    Feb 1 at 0:15

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Here is a configuration with 4 rooks. enter image description here

As justhalf and JaapScherphuis have pointed out, this can easily proven to be optimal: each rook can only cover two of the squares of the black diagonal. So 4 rooks are necessary to cover all the black squares.

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    $\begingroup$ The proof is easy. Each rook can cover at most 8 black squares, and 32 need to be covered. $\endgroup$ Jan 31 at 9:17
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    $\begingroup$ Or, look at the 8 diagonal black squares. One rook can only cover 2. $\endgroup$
    – justhalf
    Jan 31 at 9:39
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    $\begingroup$ The proof of @JaapScherphuis also implies that none of the rooks can be placed on a black square. $\endgroup$
    – WhatsUp
    Jan 31 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ thanks again for you comments, included the proof of optimality in the post. $\endgroup$
    – daw
    Feb 1 at 7:02

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