White to play (Regular moves apply except for Black King) Black King or Shadow King can move to "any" square that is not attacked by white pieces. It can not capture its opponent. When not in check and there is no unattacked square available, the Shadow King wins. Play the least moves to checkmate the Shadow King.

• This is an excerpt from my old notes.
– TSLF
Oct 8, 2016 at 19:50
• Wait, which is Black and which is Shadow? The pieces look to me like they're coloured white and brown. Oct 8, 2016 at 20:47
• It is the dark brown
– TSLF
Oct 9, 2016 at 2:28
• So if at any point there are more than 1 square unattacked on the board, he can basically teleport to any of them right? Does that mean I can decide to which one he goes to build my scenario where he lose is the less possible turns? Oct 9, 2016 at 3:25
• @TSLF I think the problem will sound nicer and clearer if you remove the black king from it. Just "What is the minimal number of moves needed to make, so that each square of the board gets occupied or attacked by some white piece?" Oct 9, 2016 at 16:12

OK, I barely made it with 10 moves, but it seems pretty hard to prove this is optimal (and I suspect the answer may be lower). The last move you make is Rh8, which will be the mate.

• There is a difference between "attack all squares" and "checkmate the shadow king". Oct 9, 2016 at 4:37
• @Matsmath a pretty small difference, tbh... As long as you don't leave the king out of moves before you attack all squares, then it's a mate (and in this case, e7/g7 are always open until the last move, so this is a valid mate)
– ffao
Oct 9, 2016 at 4:51
• Correct suspicion and solution.
– TSLF
Oct 9, 2016 at 13:34
• @TSLF got down to 10, but since it seems almost impossible to find/prove what is the exact minimum, maybe it is good adding the target number in the description? Oct 9, 2016 at 14:47
• You can make it 1 move fewer.
– TSLF
Oct 9, 2016 at 18:02

9 moves solution. King and Queen makes 2 moves each,1 move each for other pieces except the unmoved bishop.

The updated solved position with 8 moves by loopy waltz answer from Move and Remove question

Here is a scenario where I think there are no unattacked squares on the whole map and the king is in check. I will not list all the moves needed cause the list is too long.

EDIT: ok my scenario still has holes...I give up XD

in case i understood wrong and the king can only move 1 square at a time, since he cannot capture my pieces, all you need is 1 move. Put the queen 1 square up from him.

• Who is attacking a5?
– ffao
Oct 9, 2016 at 4:30
• Who is attacking e5? Oct 9, 2016 at 4:43