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# How many chess pieces are in a chess set?

Updated: 10/5/2023

Wiki User

7y ago

There are 32 pieces. 1 king, 1 queen, 2 bishops, 2 nights, 2 rooks and 8 pawns on each side (or color). == There are 12 pieces on a Chess board, according to those who play. The kings, the queens and the pawns are not technically pieces. That leaves the 4 rooks, the 4 knights and the 4 bishops. Technically there are several definitions of the word piece depending on context and it could include the pawns, king and queen. But players during a game will not refer to pawns as pieces. Some definitions say a piece is anything other than a pawn. That would include the King and Queen and is my personal choice. I believe most everyone would include at least the Queen as a piece, since the Queen and Rook are considered major pieces while the Bishop and Knight are referred to as minor pieces and a piece by any other name is still a piece. I like to show off by telling new players that pawns are not pieces. I just hope that that new player does not tell me to read the World Federation of Chess Handbook, Section E. I. 01A Laws of Chess where in Section 2.2 it says this: 2.2 At the beginning of the game one player has 16 light-coloured pieces (the `white` pieces); the other has 16 dark-coloured pieces (the `black` pieces):

So who am I to argue wth the World Federation of Chess. But still, I am going to tell new players that pieces are anything but pawns, and take the risk that some newbie is going to tell me I am wrong and I should read the Rules. Besides real players really do not call pawns pieces, no matter what the Handbook says.

Wiki User

15y ago

Wiki User

7y ago

There are 32 chess pieces and is played on a chessboard made up of eight rows and eight columns for a total of 64 squares of alternating colors.

When setting up the pieces, make sure the light queen is positioned on a light square and the dark queen is situated on a dark square. The two armies should be mirror images of one another.

The light side always moves first. Each player's side of the chessboard is determined by chance. Usually by one player placing a pawn in each hand and closing his fists. Holding forth his fists the opposing player picks one. Whatever color the pawn he chooses is the side he shall command.
There are 16 pieces for each side, so a total of 32 pieces. For each side you start with 8 Pawns, 2 Rooks or Tower, 2 Knights or Horses, 2 Bishops, the Queen and of course, the King.

Although in chess, if you get one of your pawns to the end of board (promoting), you can make it into any other piece. So it is possible to have eg. 5 knights.
There are 32 pieces, 4 bishops, 4 rooks, 4 knights, 2 queens, 2 kings, 16 pawns.

4+4+4+2+2+16=32

Wiki User

13y ago

Each player starts with 16 pieces so there are 32 pieces total.

Wiki User

12y ago

(8 pawns plus 1 king plus 1 queen plus 2 knights plus 2 rooks plus 2 bishops) X 2 = 16 pieces for one side X 2 = 32 pieces for both sides.

Wiki User

12y ago

32 Pieces to begin with. Each side has the same pieces. They each have 8 pawns, two rooks, two bishops, two knights, a queen, and a king.

Wiki User

16y ago

32 in all; 16 of each color

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