May 2004

## Square tactics

How many squares are there on a chessboard? (In total - we're not asking you just to count the 64 single black and white squares!)

If you are stumped by last issue's puzzle, here is the solution.

For some challenging mathematical puzzles, see the NRICH puzzles from this month or last month.

Solution link

## 204

1 + 4 + 9 + 16 + 25 + 36 + 49 + 64=204

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## Chessboard Answer

There are many more different-sized squares on the chessboard. Therefore, there are actually 64 + 49 + 36 + 25 + 16 + 9 + 4 + 1 squares on a chessboard! (in total 204).