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Brain Game: When I'm 64

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Today's Brain Game is like an episode of TV's Lost: Some will "get it" right away, while others may stare at it for hours without it making a lick of sense. Give it a shot!

B = 3 R = 5 N = 3 P = 1 Q = ?

Here is the SOLUTION.

THE SOLUTION:

9 or 10.

The numbers represent the classic scoring system in the game of chess. Pawns are worth 1 point, Bishops and Knights (always marked as N instead of K to avoid confusion with the King) are worth 3 points each, and Rooks are worth 5 points. The Queen, the most valuable piece, is worth 9 points when discounting pawns, or 10 points when including them.

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