Wikipedia says: “Bobby Fischer’s goal was to eliminate what he considered the complete dominance of openings preparation in classical chess, replacing it with creativity and talent. … Fischer believed that eliminating memorized book moves would level the playing field.” The game became known as Fischer Random Chess but in 1991 it was changed to Chess960 and is gaining in popularity (as is noted at chessbase.com).
“Life is Chess & Chess is Life” – It’s been said that a Chess Master will win most chess variants because of having more experience. That is true even in life as you gain more experience. 960 is great! It mimics real life.
“3D Chess960” would be the same as Chess960 but it would be played on two boards as in “CHESS – THE NEXT GENERATION“. Plus there would be 16 opening moves (that does not exist in regular 2D flat board game) and without the predefined possible classic openings.
The above pieces have already been placed randomly and there are still 16 possible opening moves that would have never happen in a flat board game. This really mimics real life! bringing out the best of your creativity and talent.
If you have those red/cyan 3D glasses, then take a look at 3D-Chess960 in 3D .
How to set up Chess960
The pieces are randomly placed on the back row, with the pawns on the next row, as usual. There must always be:
- One rook to the left of the king, and one rook to the right of the king.
- One bishop on light coloured square, and one bishop on a dark coloured square.
The starting positions are always symmetrical (as in regular chess). … … For casual play, it’s simple to set up a valid position by hand.
How to Castle in Chess960
Castling prerequisites are the same as in standard chess, namely:
- The king and the castling rook must not have previously moved.
- No square from the king’s initial square to its final square may be under attack by an enemy piece.
- All the squares between the king’s initial and final squares (including the final square), and all the squares between the rook’s initial and final squares (including the final square), must be vacant except for the king and rook.
Chess960 – 2D or 1 flat board
So what would a game of Chess960 look like? Click on the game below and it will begin playing out in about 10 seconds.
01. e2-e4 e7-e5
02. b2-b3 f8-d6
03. d1-e3 g7-g6
04. e3-c4 g8-g7
05. b1-c3 O-O
06. c3-b5 b8-c6
07. b5xd6 c7xd6
08. c4xd6 c8-c7
09. d6-b5 c7-c8
10. f2-f3 c6-b4
11. b5-c3 a7-a6
12. a2-a3 b4xc2 +
13. c1xc2 b7-b5
14. b3-b4 f7-f5
15. f1-d3 f5-f4
16. c3-d5 c8xc2
17. d3xc2 a8xd5
18. e4xd5 d7-d6
19. g1-b6 g7-e7
20. O-O d8-f7
21. b6xa6 e7-h4
22. a6xb5 f7-g5
23. b5-e2 f8-f6
24. d2-d3 g5-f7
25. a3-a4 f6-f5
26. d3-d4 f5-h5
27. h2-h3 e5-e4
28. c2xe4 f7-g5
29. e2-f2 g5xh3 +
30. g2xh3 h5-g5 +
31. g1-h1 h4xh3 +!
The tools I used to create the above game:
In order to record a game of 3D Chess960, use the Chess Notation as seen above plus add the board level in-front of the notation so that it would look like: Aa1 – Ba1 (if a Rook was on that square moving down). The top board level is A, which is above the 2nd board below it, B.
To take this game to whole new fair level, take Bobby Fischer’s goal and multiply it by 2 and what you’ve got is Chess960 x2 or both back rows are randomized according to the rules of Chess960. This also would require playing two games, so that both players would play the same – randomized back row of the other person. This is the end result of just the first game (click game board – the game starts to plays out in 10 seconds):
The above game plays out in 3 minutes.
Chess960 x2 Notice both sides are different. Setup from a1 (Chess960) x2 for both back rows: Black: Q B N R B K R N White: N Q R N K R B B a b c d e f g h
qbnrbkrn/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/NQRNKRBB w - -
1.d1-c3 a7-a6 2.g2-g3 d7-d6 3.f2-f4 c8-a7 4.O-O-O e8-c6 5.h1-e4 c6xe4 6.c3xe4 h7-h6 7.c2-c3 a7-c6 8.g3-g4 b8-a7 9.g4-g5 f7 f6 10.g1-f2 O-O-O 11.a1-b3 a7xf2 12.f1xf2 a8-a7 13.e2-e3 d8-e8 14.d2-d4 e7-e5 15.g5xf6 d6-d5 16.e4-d6 + c7xd6 17.b1-f5 + c8-d8 18.f6-f7 h8xf7 19.f5xf7 c6-e7 20.f7-e6 d8-c7 21.f4xe5 d6xe5 22.e6xe5 + c7-d7 23.b3-c5 + d7-c8 24.e5-d6 b7-b6 25.c5-d3 a7-c7 26.d6-b4 g7-g5 27.d3-e5 c8-b7 28.a2-a4 a6-a5 29.b4-b5 e7-c8 30.b5xd5 + b7-b8 31.f2-f7 e8-e7 32.f7-f6 e7-h7 33.e5-c6 + b7xc6 34.f6xc6 b8-a8 35.c6xb6 + a8-a7 36.d5xa5 ++
Now, take the above and play a game of “3D Chess960 x2” and you’ve got a very exciting fair game with endless fair possibilities so that each game will be very new.