The broken board and rectangular tiles

Consider a normal chessboard with each small square of dimension 1 unit x 1 unit.

We have a lot of rectangular tiles of dimensions 1 unit x 2 units. One rectangular tile covers exactly 2 squares. It can be placed only vertically or horizontally, and not diagonally.

Our task is to cover the entire chessboard.

We can easily see that the entire board can be covered by 32 tiles.

Now what if, two small squares from the corners of the the chessboard board are removed. There are 62 squares remaining now.

Can you cover these 62 squares using the rectangular tiles now?
Is it possible?

If yes, how can we do it? Else, why not?

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Accelerate two of the yellow rectangles close to the speed of light so that from our perspective the yellow rectangles contract to half of their initial length.


Not Possible:
32 rectanges initially is broken to 64 small squares consisting of 32 black & 32 white small squares;
Now we have removed two small white squares; we are left with 32 black & 30 white small squares;
Under no circumstances we can create 31 rectangle each consists of one white & one black small squares.
we make round the outermost enclosure of small white & black squares, to black small squres will be left out as unpaired.when we go next inner enclosure of small black & white squares, they paired. so is the case of other inner enclosures




Not possible. Two tiles will always be left out. Each rectangular tile always covers one black and one white tile. You have removed both white tiles. So it is impossible to have 62 tiles to be covered by the rectangular tiles.


Yes, then we will able to cover the board.


let bottom-most row be first row & counting is being done upwards;& left-most column be first column & counting is done to the right ; then any white small square be in m th row & n th column;one of them odd & other even; then any black small square be in m th row & n th column;both of them either odd or even; We start from outer enclousure & enter in next to its inner;pairing of say white & black are made,if perfect pairing is there,then there is no removal of white or black small square; if one… Read more »

Sarvesh Gulhane

There will be 31 “pairs” off black and white.. so whichever two(black and white) you pick, you can always cover whole board.

Prashant Kumar

No, it cannot be done due to mismatch between number of black and white squares. Each rectangle tile is made of 1 black and 1 white square. However, after the change we would have 30 white and 32 black squares. So we would have only 30 rectangular tiles. And then 2 white squares would remain.