How many pawns does each player have at the start of a chess game?
Each player has 8 pawns at the start of the game.
There are 16. in total
Pawns. There are 16 on the board , 8 for each player. But a true chess snob would say that there is no such "piece" . Many times the word "piece" means only the ones on the back rank. Pawns are referred to as, well, just pawns, not "pieces." Never the less, even official rules refer to all of the pieces as "pieces."