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Random Chess Pieces Poser (Posted on 2016-08-29) Difficulty: 3 of 5
A queen, a rook and a bishop are randomly placed on distinct squares of an ordinary chessboard. Find the probability that:.
(i) The queen is under attack from either the bishop or the rook.
(ii) The bishop is neither under attack from the queen, nor under attack from the rook.

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re(3): computer aided solution | Comment 5 of 6 |
(In reply to re(2): computer aided solution by Steve Herman)

"The probability that the Q is in the same diagonal as the bishop is 10/63.

"The probability that the Q is on the same rank or file as the rook is 14/63.

"If they could attack through each other, than the answer would be 10/63 + 14/63 = 24/63 = 8/21 ~~ 38%."


The queen could be under attack simultaneously from bishop and rook. This would be counted twice in your accounting, but should be counted only once.  P(B or R) = P(B) + P(R) - P(B and R)

By modified computer program, the figures are:

In unreduced fractions:

49728/249984 + 34720/249984 - 7840/249984 =   76608/249984 


37/186 + 5/36 - 35/1116 = 19/62  ~= 30.6% 

where the rook figure comes first, then the bishop figure and the double attack is subtracted out.

Edited on August 30, 2016, 8:30 pm
  Posted by Charlie on 2016-08-30 19:58:28

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