[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ][ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ][ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]Single Comment Baseline chess with Fischer rules. Start with dropping major pieces on baseline, a variant that uses rules from Fischer Random Chess but is not random. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating] Ken Regan wrote on Thu, May 13, 2010 03:57 AM UTC:Gene M., sorry I missed your excellent queries long ago. The main benefit is removing the randomness, and (I believe) improving Black's chances for dynamic play. The initial phase favors Black insofar as White must commit first. If Black needs to win in the last round or game of a match, he/she can place his King on the opposite wing, etc. I think it is harder to deaden the game. I see parts of similar arguments for Chess960 in the selection from your book on your site. You are right---my description omits the important detail that White begins by placing 1 piece on the back row, then Black, then White..., as Bronstein originally provided. Move 8 is forced for each side, hence my joke about it. Your comment quoting Kramnik on corner bishops is especially interesting. I can add to my previous conversation with M. Winther (I think this part was in private e-mail) that chess programs, at least the ones I've tried which accept arbitrary starting positions, agree with Kramnik in their evaluations. However, one can also reply to Kramnik that a corner Bishop is already 'developed'!---and go back to my original point about recorded human tendencies. I've heard anecdotally that a fair number of the symmetrical Chess960 setups are considered to magnify White's advantage of the first move, enough that GM X was uncomfortable playing them. Do you have stats on White's win rate? Of course it's possible that 'my' (really Bronstein+Fischer's) variant would center on far fewer than 960 preferred setups between both players, negating the hoped-for compounding by tens of thousands.