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There is no mention of excluding the regular starting position in Appendix F. of the FIDE Laws of Chess, so it's really Chess960 and not Chess959. I can imagine that there are chess programs or websites which do exclude the regular starting position, but this is against the official rules.


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Chess players identify with their openings, all chess clubs have that one guy who always plays stodgy London stuff with white, the maverick with all his dodgy gambits and the youth player with 25 moves of Najdorf theory memorized for the day he finally gets to play it. Opening books are by far the most sold type of chess book, and the number of titles is ...


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I believe that studying Shogi added 50 points to my chess game. They are related games and thus share some related concepts. I believe Shogi showed me things about chess I had not understood before.


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I have found the trickiest part about playing 960 is the opening. So many possibilities! But, since the major pieces are random for every game it is unlikely you'll come across the same setup frequently enough to recognize some opening. So I say ditch trying to create one and stick with tried and true chess opening principles: Control the center, try not to ...


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Wikipedia has a pretty complete listing of chess variants broken down by: Chess with different starting positions Chess with different forces Chess with different boards Chess with unusual rules Chess with incomplete information or elements of chance Multimove variants Multiplayer variants Single player variants Chess with unusual (fairy) pieces Chess ...


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Several methods to do so are described on Wikipedia. For example: Roll all the dice in one throw and place White's pieces as follows: Place a bishop on one of the eight squares (counting from the left, 'a' through 'h' ) as indicated by the octahedron (d8). Place the other bishop on one of the four squares of opposite color as indicated by the ...


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To start with, standard chess in its current form has been the standard for a well over a century. It is well known and well established. It also enjoys a fair amount of popularity. It is widely seen as a test of intellectual prowess (even if that prowess often fails to transfer to other fields) in which luck has no effect in the game (even if that's not 100%...


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What you are describing is basically the difference between an opening and a system. A system is an opening plan that works similarly against most of your opponent's replies. Famous systems are the London system, the Colle system and the King Indian Attack. As you say, systems give the advantage that you don't need to memorize tons of variations, you just ...


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I want to put forth a few arguments, why I don't consider it desirable to substitute classical chess with Chess960: The rumours of a draw death of chess have been greatly exaggerated. The idea that chess will one day be played out, is more than a hundred years old, but the draw rate in top level chess is actually growing very slowly. And the rate of short ...


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You have to understand, that a top ten player is superior to an engine in the opening, because he used engines to analyze openings for many years, and because engines usually don't have an opening book on the level of the preparation of a top player. In chess 960 you basically take away the opening book for both players and at the very top this actually ...


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From Wikipedia: White's Chess960 starting array can be derived from its number N (0 ... 959) as follows: a) Divide N by 4, yielding quotient N2 and remainder B1. Place a Bishop upon the bright square corresponding to B1 (0=b, 1=d, 2=f, 3=h). b) Divide N2 by 4 again, yielding quotient N3 and remainder B2. Place a second Bishop upon the ...


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I asked myself the same question a year ago. I found this interesting page: http://computerchess.org.uk/ccrl/404FRC/opening_report_by_white_score.html#table_start With statistics for every 960 positions based on 144,300 games played by 123 engines. Apparently the position that gives the biggest advantage to White is RKNQBBNR with a White score of 63.9%. ...


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The CCRL 40/4 FRC engine competition that has run through almost 200,000 games running night and day come up with these stats: Chess960 FRC based off 200,000 or so games: White wins: 80'914 (41.6%) Black wins: 70'840 (36.5%) Draws: 42'546 (21.9%) White score: 52.6% http://www.computerchess.org.uk/ccrl/404FRC/rating_list_all.html Standard chess based off 1....


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99% of the chess players will never reach 1500 rating, so for them the standard chess is quite good enough. Chess960 is interesting variation along with "atomic" chess and others, but the niche is quite small and I'd say it's dead as well as its inventor.


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The three first steps: There are 90 positions where n(P)=1 For White to be able to castle short at once, he needs to have Kf1, Rg1 in the initial position. Then there are 5 possible spots from the second rook, 3 for one bishop and 2 for the other one, and finally 3 remaining spots for the queen. The knights go to the last two spots. There are 64 positions ...


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There is a "Chess959" which advocates the removal of SP 518 (which is when the factors that lead to "randomizing" the chess pieces happen to have the same arrangement as the traditional layout.) The rationale for removal is that players have so much training in that one starting position that the game becomes less about who is the better, more reactive OTB ...


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I think you need to distinguish between professional grand masters and us mere mortals. Indeed at the highest level, a lot of memorization is involved and more often than not players just play 20 moves of theory from memory before the real fight starts. Even some of the top players seem to get bored with this, and are looking for alternative, less analyzed ...


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Chess is a two player game. You argue that playing 1.e4 "allows Black to choose the opening", implying that White is more burdened with theory (he has to deal with at least six major answers) than Black (who apparently can pick only one of the six). But the same thing applies the other way around: Black can't just prepare only one variation either. Not ...


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I find that in many 960 starting positions there tends to be a weak square (pawn) that may have no protection at all, I look for that first. I play quite a bit of 960 mixed with normal chess and find that controlling the center with central and flank pawns (to release a queen or whatever you need to). This game is quite aggressive, and attacking first will ...


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First, as others have already pointed out, there are 960 different starting positions in chess 960. Normally when you play a 960 tournament on chess.com it will be the same opening in the entire tournament. However, it is important to realize that after this tournament if you choose to play 960 again you might never have this opening position ever again. ...


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First, it is hard to say, what I should play, because the moves are depending to 90% on the moves from the opponent. I would play e4 and d4 with Nc3 and Nd3. From there, the knights are looking over the complete centre, which is very convenient. Maybe also f4 and g3 for activating the bishop and afterwards Bf2 to cover the pawn on d4. In the beginning, I ...


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The first is to know it completely. Many people even don't know that it's possible to castle in Chess960 or they don't know how to castle. A good starting point is to get familiar to its rules, read this wiki. The pieces in Chess960 set randomized so the known opening moves and variants aren't valid anymore. BUT, the opening principles and rules are still ...


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There are a number of websites and tools listed on the Chess960 wikipedia page. Scroll to the bottom for the complete list. These should all be playable on your mobile device. http://en.lichess.org/ http://www.chesshotel.com/play-random-chess.php http://www.mychess.de/


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The machine, hands down. These days the machine is so incomparably stronger than a player, that even if a player comes up with a better long-term strategy, they will still lose to inevitably missing tactics. Even if they don't outright drop material, they will overlook threats and walk into a situation where they need to concede positional advantage to ...


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Numbering from white's left, and assuming each die carries consecutive integers starting at 1, you can do it in the order BQN as follows: throw a tetrahedron; if n is up, place the white-squared B on the nth free white square do the same for the other B, except place it on the nth free black square throw a cube; if n is up, place the Q on the nth free ...


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For one thing, this would make tournaments and rankings a bit difficult because the games are not identical. How would you rank someone who won many games with more active starting positions compared to one who won other games with more passive starting positions? One player might be better at one type of game, while another, better at a different type. (Of ...


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Since I wrote a script to analyze atomic chess960 starting positions with multi-variant Stockfish some time ago, I slightly adapted it to be able to also run it for king of the hill (and other variants). A run on all 960 starting positions to depth 18 (taking ~1 hour on a single thread) resulted in a maximum score of +155 centipawns for white for position ...


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Interesting question, and the answer is little bit funny. Guess where I found these games, would you? On chessgames.com! But it's not called Chess960, nor Fischer's chess, nor random chess, it's called: Chess variants (000) If you go to to ChessBase Database and you enter in the search form chess960 you will find many games. EDIT I emailed 365Chess.com ...


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In the year 2005 or earlier, an Edward D. Collins, wrote the following procedure "How to Create a Fischer Random Opening Position". The pawns go on their original squares. The pieces will be placed randomly on the back rank, subject to the rules of Fischer Random chess. The bishops must be on opposite colors and the King must be between the two Rooks. ...


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Here is an example of what you are looking for : http://chess960jungle.blogspot.fr/2014/02/chess960-database-complete-games-2001.html


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