5 Squares from 6 Matchsticks

by Serhiy Grabarchuk Jr

Solution Step 0/0

Six matchsticks are placed on a table as is shown.

What is the minimum number of matchsticks which have to be moved in order to get 5 squares out of the 6 matchsticks? Overlapping of the matchsticks is allowed.


The minimum number is 3. Moving them to the new positions as is shown in the illustration leads to 4 small squares and 1 big square to appear.

Check 1 Matchstick
Check 2 Matchsticks
Check 3 Matchsticks
Check 4 Matchsticks