How many squares can you control with only one set of chess pieces of the same color? (8 Pawns, 2 Knights, 2 Bishops, 2 Rook, Queen and King)

Edit: Pieces cannot attack (control) the square they are currently occupied.

  • $\begingroup$ Does a piece count the space it is on as controlling? $\endgroup$
    – JonTheMon
    Oct 13, 2014 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ No. Other pieces must control that square $\endgroup$
    – Rafe
    Oct 13, 2014 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ All of them, the pawns can reach the other side and become queens! $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Oct 14, 2014 at 0:45
  • $\begingroup$ there's a chess se you know $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2017 at 3:57

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I believe this is relatively easy and that many combinations will exist. This seems to be an example of such a position:

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To answer the question, the set of pieces for one side can attack all squares (and then some).

  • $\begingroup$ There are pieces there that aren't even needed. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Oct 14, 2014 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, but the question seemed to imply that it wants them all used. In fact, getting them all on there was the tricky part (pawns tend to push things around undesirably and don't bring much to the party - they block other pieces and only attack 2 squares!!) $\endgroup$
    – d'alar'cop
    Oct 14, 2014 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, true, I made another question that deals with least pieces needed! Feel free to answer that one. $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Oct 14, 2014 at 0:51

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