92 ( +1 | -1 ) Making You ThinkWhat is the most possible moves by BOTH sides (excluding en passant captures) in any position (x)? There are two catches. The position does not have to arise from a game. You can choose to put the 16 pawns, 4 knights, 4 bishops, 4 rooks, 2 queens, and 2 kings wherever you want. Secondly, the kings cannot be in check.
The position must be a legal position (e.g. no pawns on the [1/8] ranks)? [No, pawns cannot be promoted already.] Can anyone find a position with more than 60 possible moves? 80? 100?
We could have a contest in which you tell how many moves your position has. If someone accuses you of lying, you can actually show where the pieces would be ([email protected]) where 'w' stands for white.
I know this contest seems difficult. But I urge you to try to find a position with a lot of moves. Set it up on a chess board.
Now, see if you can beat me. My record is 88 different moves from BOTH sides. See if you can beat it.
54 ( +1 | -1 ) 88?Must be much more. If I place 8 rooks in a diagonal (i.e. from a1 to h8), I get 8x7x2=112 moves (nr of rooks*nr of available squares on 1 line * the number of lines a rook has).
I think that placing 8 queens so that they could not capture eachother is even better. One way (of the 92 ways) is to place them on:
a8, b2, c4, d1, e7, f5, g3, h6 which would lead to 21+23+25+21+23+25+23+21=182
There may be queen formations which have even more possible moves.