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Chess960, aka Fischer Chess. A brief history and a method for determining the start position.

Chess960, aka Fischer Chess. A brief history and a method for determining the start position.

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    • CHESS960(Fischer Random Chess)
    • NAME AND HISTORY Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a chess variant invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. It employs the same board and pieces as standard chess, but the startingposition of the pieces is randomized along the players home rank according to certain rules. Fischer often complained that Chess was increasingly becoming focused on memorizing the opening moves of world champions instead of developing original strategies.The random setup makes the possibility of obtaining an advantage through the memorization of opening moves impracticable, forcing players to rely instead on talent and creativity. There are 960 possible opening setups.
    • START POSITIONS Before the game, a starting position is randomly determined and setup, subject to certain requirements. After setup, the game is played in the same way as standard chess (except for castling). In particular, pieces and pawns have their normal moves, and the objective (checkmate) is the same. There are many procedures for selecting a starting position. A common one involves using one six-sided die.
    • STEP 1: BISHOP (WHITE SQUARE)Step 1: Roll the die, and place a white bishop onthe white square indicated by the die, counting onlywhite squares from left to right.Thus, 1 indicates the first white square from theleft, 2 indicates the second white square from theleft, 3 indicates the third, and 4 indicates thefourth. Since there are no fifth or sixthpositions, re-roll a 5 or 6 until another numbershows.In the example shown a 3 was rolled.
    • STEP 2: BISHOP (BLACK SQUARE)Step 2: Roll the die, and place a white bishop onthe black square indicated, counting only blacksquares from left to right.Re-roll a 5 or 6.In the example shown a 2 was rolled.
    • STEP 3: QUEENStep 3: Roll the die, and place the queen on the firstempty position indicated (always skipping filledpositions). Thus, 1 places the queen on the first(leftmost) empty position, while 6 places the queenon the sixth (rightmost) empty position.In the example shown a 5 was rolled.
    • STEP 4 & 5: KNIGHTSStep 4: Roll the die, and place a knight on theempty position indicated. Re-roll a 6.Step 5: Roll the die, and place a knight on theempty position indicated. Re-roll a 5 or 6.In the example shown a 3 was rolled in Step 4,and then a 4 was rolled in Step 5.
    • STEP 6: KING AND ROOKSStep 6: There should be three empty squares. Placethe king in the middle empty position and therooks in the remaining positions.
    • STEP 7: BLACK PIECESStep 7: Place the black pieces such that they mirrorthe white pieces. The white king should be acrossfrom the black king, white queen across from blackqueen, and so on.
    • STEP 8: PAWNSStep 8: Pawns are placed in the same rows asstandard Chess.Done.