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Recently, I found this funny position called Omicron. Are there are any other funny starting positions like this that can be used to have fun with friends?

[FEN "2bqkb2/1rppppr1/np4pn/p6p/P6P/NP4PN/1RPPPPR1/2BQKB2 w - - 0 1"]
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    Did you invent this starting position? Anyway, it gives White a big advantage. Stockfish 14 on depth 22 gives 1 d4 +1.13.
    – Rosie F
    Feb 19 at 16:11
  • no, not me? I've found this accidentaly in internet :) Feb 19 at 19:55
  • @RosieF What's Stockfish's main line? Is the point that d3(d4) and e3(e4) gain tempo by attacking the loose Nh6/Na6 ? Feb 20 at 5:44
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    @NoamD.Elkies Stockfish 14, on my PC with a 3.2GHz quad-core Intel i5-4460 CPU, gives 1 d4 e5 2 Nb5 (Nb1 d5 3 Bxh6 Bxh3 4 dxe5) c6 (Ng4 3 e4) 3 Bxh6 cxb5 (d5 4 Ng5/Rg1/Rh2; not Bb4+? 4 c3 cxb5 5 cxb4 d5 6 Bxg7 Bxh3) 4 axb5 (e4) Nc7 (Nb4/Bb4+) 5 dxe5 (c4 d5; Bxg7 Bxg7 6 c4) Nxb5 (d5 6 exc6; Bb4+ 6 Bd2) 6 c4 (Bxg7 Bxg7) d5 7 cxb5 Bxh3 (Bb4+ 8 Bd2 Bxh3 9 Bxb4 axb4) 8 Rh2 Be6. I limited Stockfish's analysis of each ply to 60s, so different runs might give different results.
    – Rosie F
    Feb 20 at 6:44
  • Of course there are such positions (even on CSE; recently there was one where all white officers stand before the pawns, amazingly the position is rather =). The latter is also the snag: for real fun such a position should be = (and for additional lulz, very unbalanced like that I quoted). Feb 20 at 16:15

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There are a number of these on the internet ( 1, 2), though how much fun is to be had is up to those that choose to play them. Such judgements are beyond me.

I've never tried any of these. And I don't plan to.


A few selections.

[Title "Position #1"]
[FEN "rnbqqbQR/npppppPN/bp4PB/kp4PK/qp4PQ/bp4PB/npPPPPPN/rqBQQBNR w - - 0 1"]

Another one.

[Title "Position #2"]
[FEN "r2qk2r/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/R2QK2R w KQkq - 0 1"]

One with the Queens in jail.

[Title "Position #3"]
[FEN "r1b1kb1r/Pp1ppppp/qP6/Pp6/pP6/Qp6/pP1PPPPP/R1B1KB1R w KQkq - 0 1"]

The Kings in jail.

[Title "Position #4"]
[FEN "r2q1nnr/Pp1ppppp/kP6/Pp6/pP6/Kp6/pP1PPPPP/R2Q1NNR w - - 0 1"]

No Rooks.

[Title "Position #5 (~+2.6)"]
[FEN "qk6/bbb5/nnnn4/ppp5/5PPP/4NNNN/5BBB/6KQ w - - 0 1"]

A key challenge is finding starting positions that lead to interesting play and have close to equal evaluations. For example...

[Title "Position #6"]
[FEN "1k6/ppp2ppq/ppp2ppp/5ppp/PPP5/PPP2PPP/QPP2PPP/6K1 w - - 0 1"]

And simple changes?

[Title "Position #7 (+6.9)"]
[FEN "8/8/rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR/8/8 w - - 0 1"]

It depends.

[Title "Position #8 (+0.5)"]
[FEN "8/rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR/8 w - - 0 1"]

Some aren't too bad.

[Title "Position #9 (+0.3)"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/pppppppp/1p1p1p1p/1P1P1P1P/PPPPPPPP/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]

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