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Allen Jett wrote on 2004-04-12 UTC
COMMENT Joey, Thanks for the comment and the rating. I'm glad you enjoyed this variant. Your proposed rule change for placing the kings LAST and BY CHOICE rather than randomly makes sense. Some of the true randomness will be lost, and it is possible that it may be difficult to find two 'safe' spots for the kings, but this is certainly offset by the elimination of the awkward 'No check first turn' rule. To balance White's advantage of first move, I suggest your rule change be amended as follows: after random placement of all other pieces, the Black player places his king (ie, he has FIRST choice of safe spots), followed by the White player. <p>Your proposed second rule change is also sensible, but I agree it should be limited to computer play only. Too many limits on the placement of pieces in OTB play reduces the randomness - and possibly the exitement - of Chaos Chess.

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