# Chess variants where black is considered equal?

In normal chess, black isn't that bad, but not that good either. White has the initiative and opening theory dictates how to win these positions. Variants like Chess960 have made it possible to play with common sense rather than grandmaster sense. But still correct play leads to the same result in variants that do not offer a pawn for either side right in the opening. While there are many books that try to convince me that black is OK, still the statistics show other things for normal chess at least. So that leads me to my question. Are there any chess variants where black is considered equal? Not better, just equal.

• I've changed "variation" to "variant" throughout your question because when people (including me) see "variation" they tend to think in terms of opening variations, not different rulesets.
– dfan
Sep 21, 2014 at 20:55
• In shogi (japanese chess), black makes the first move. Sep 22, 2014 at 14:38
• As in both players can be considered equal. Sep 22, 2014 at 15:38
• play bughouse and there will be no problem of black and white advantages. Sep 22, 2014 at 19:04
• I think that opening theory currently thinks black can reach equality in all normal variations, chess is a theoretical draw. But white has a practical advantage, as statistics show. It's going to be extremely hard to find a variant where we can convince you that neither side has a practical advantage, because 1) someone will have to have the first move and 2) chess variants don't have a lot of available tournament statistics. Sep 24, 2014 at 14:01

Here is a link with statistical information about different kind of chess960 positions. If you will look at the very bottom, where white score is the worse ( `White score = (White's winning percentage) + (Draw percentage / 2)` ), you can see that positions like `RBQKBRNN` and `RNKBBRNQ` are statistically favorable for black.