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Monday, March 17, 2014

Pack an Extra Punch into Your Chess960 Training

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2014

Hello everyone,

Chess King is the perfect platform for your complete Chess960 training, analyzing, and playing! We are sure Fischer would have recommended it. The debate on the issue of draws in chess was never so intense until lately. Give it to former world Chess Champion Bobby Fischer for having foreseen it all. He recommended Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess). It was introduced in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 1996. The game employs the same board and pieces as standard chess, but the starting position of the pieces along the players’ first rank is randomized. The random setup makes the prospect of obtaining an advantage through the memorization of opening lines impracticable, compelling players to rely instead on their talent and creativity.

Randomizing the main pieces had long been known as Shuffle Chess, but Chess960 introduced new rules preserving full castling options in all starting positions, resulting in 960 unique positions. To maintain the character of standard chess, a player’s bishops start on opposite-color squares, and the king starts on a square between the rooks.

Online chess servers already run Chess960 tourneys and games. Chess King has a fantastic Chess960 training and playing option with the world’s strongest chess engine Houdini. Check out this video tutorial by Steve Lopez.

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