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

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.

'Chess960 – The Next Generation'

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:

  1. One rook to the left of the king, and one rook to the right of the king.
  2. 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

First, as explained at Wikipedia, it’s the same rules as in regular chess:

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.
It also states: A recommended way to castle is always move first the king to its final square, then move the rook to its final square. … also useful for the player to state “I am about to castle” before castling.

Castling(3.5mins spells it out so simply and visually):

Chess.com says: The bottom line is that the King and Rook end up on exactly the same squares as they would in a standard game.

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.

Chess960 game played out

Chess960 – 31 moves – back row randomized.

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.


Chess960 x2

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.

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