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Joey wrote on 2003-12-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
A suggestion for the chess variant Chaos chess. I like this variant immensely...but there is a slight change I suggest should be made. All pieces shall be placed randomly as per specified by the rules. But the only slight change I would make is that the White and Black kings should be placed last in the remaining squares by choice, so that either king doesn't end up being placed in check or mate on the first move. <p> The ramfications of this rule change means <p><ol> <li>All pieces <strong>do</strong> keep their powers to check or mate on the first move. Since the players have chosen to carefully place their kings on relatively safe positions, then any such restrictions can be removed. <p> <li>For this variant to be used properly on chess programs like Fritz or Shredder by Chessbase, I recommend a further change. This change should only apply to computer chess, <strong>not</strong> OTB chaos chess play between humans. This change is necessary to allow chess software to play chaos chess positions accurately. The rule for playing chaos chess in computer software should be this: all pawns of either color cannot be placed on their first ranks, the reason being chess software cannot recognize this as a valid placement of the pawns. The exceptions to this would be playing via Winboard or Arena chess programs..which seem to avoid this problem. Otherwise the same rules apply to pawn s as pawns can be placed on 7th or 8th rank with White and no pawns can be placed on 1st or second rank for Black pawns. </ol>

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