# How many black pieces are there in chess?

## How many black pieces are there in chess?

The chess board consists of 64 squares, half of them visibly white, the other half black. Each player has 6 different types of pieces: 8 pawns, 2 rooks, 2 knights, 2 bishops, a queen and the most important one – the king!

## How many chess pieces are on a board?

16 piecesEach player has 16 pieces: a King, a Queen, two Rooks (or Castles), two Bishops, two Knights and eight Pawns. The pieces stand on the board until they are captured, each piece on one square, no two pieces on the game square.

## How many pieces are on a chess board at the beginning?

At the beginning of the game, the pieces are arranged as shown in the diagram: for each side one king, one queen, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, and eight pawns. The pieces are placed, one on a square, as follows: The rooks are placed on the outside corners, right and left edge.

## Why are chess pieces white and black?

In most cases, the squares are not actually white and black, but a light color and a contrasting dark color. In old chess writings, the sides are often called Red and Black, because those were the two colors of ink then commonly available when hand-drawing or printing chess position diagrams.

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