Why not, another entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet

I just bought the newest, coolest chessboard! I think I'm going to share it to my five chess pieces at the National Shredder Exhibition: a pawn, a rook, a bishop, a knight, and a king. However, the pieces only like to be put on squares where they are all being attacked by the same number of pieces.

Alright, that's no problem!

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Time to show my pieces the board, and...

sound of slipping over banana peel

sound of chessboard shredding


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I'd still like to show my chess pieces the chessboard, but they still all have to be attacked the same number of times...

Can you help me arrange my 5 chess pieces on the (2x3) board so they all are attacked the same number of times?


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Sorry for short answer, typing from my phone in the train.

Rf1 Bf2 Kh1 Nh2 and g2. Everything is attacked once, knight and pawn by king. Bishop and king by rook and rook by knight

  • $\begingroup$ e2 isn't part of the chessboard, keep looking (you're very very close) $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 14:41
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I think I had it figured out but misread the spot $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ You can add this to your answer if you feel it's necessary: i.imgur.com/ItPePvsr.png $\endgroup$
    – user46002
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Hugh Your image has a queen instead of a king. $\endgroup$
    – w l
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 16:57
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    $\begingroup$ @wl good point - lesson learned: don't try and make a chess graphic when you don't even know how to play the game. $\endgroup$
    – user46002
    Commented Nov 19, 2018 at 18:09

@FlorianBourse has shown a nice solution where each piece is attacked once.

Here is a solution with each piece attacked twice:

Kg1, Rg2, Bh2, Nf2, Ph1


A pawn on the first rank is not possible in classical chess - but a 3x2 chessboard with pieces having special needs obviously isn't classical chess.


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