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Free Placement. Game starts with players alternatingly placing pieces on board. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
George Duke wrote on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 05:21 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
At ABC Shi Ji says, let players find out best.... Unlike Transcendental and unlike Fischer/Alexandre Random Chess reinvented during the 1990s, in Free Placement of Cooper, players place strategically and the other does not have to match any particular symmetry. ''There are a seemingly endless number of possibilities,'' exudes author Cooper. As well, Big Board is a free placement chess of 100 squares also having only the 6 piece-types R,N,B,Q,K,P. Involved is only the placement aspect if wanting free choice there, to the extent of constraint that player places on own 4/5-rank side. Shi Ji means set standard arrays to be determined ultimately by the players, and on top of that the retention of different armies by ABC template design. Of course Cavebear Stroud's putting the tri-compound in the corner is about the worst. It is meant to be instructive. Following CVPage prolificist logic, any dissident designer can put the tri-compound on file d instead of the 'a' and call it a new CV, or at least ''subvariant'' for courtesy to Stroud. That is why the placement aspect and the piece-type generating aspect need to be merged to make any progress. Free Placement is not a different armies version of CV, like ABC, but it could be made to be; that is, a Mutator for any different or same army/armies, drawing on players' own educated opinions on a case basis of the starting array that is best for them.

George Duke wrote on Sat, Dec 5, 2009 08:50 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
Cooper has never commented here and has several other interesting games, with Free Placement alongside and well before Slide-Shuffle and Deployment, themselves F.R.C. afterthoughts.

Andreas Kaufmann wrote on Mon, Sep 15, 2003 09:32 AM UTC:
Chess variant you refering is called <a href=>'UnaChess'</a>. There is also a number of similar chess variants, e.g. <a href=>'Descent Chess'</a>, which is designed by me based on UnaChess.

Anonymous wrote on Fri, Sep 12, 2003 11:09 PM UTC:
I remember reading a magazine article, at least five years ago, about
variants.  It mentioned a game I could not find on the site.  I'm
impressed by this variant's purity.
  It's like Orthodox chess except:
  The board starts empty -- all pieces start in reserve.
  Each turn, you may move a piece or drop a piece from reserve.
  You may not capture until you have placed your King.

There may be other rules as well.  In particular, Queening poses a
problem.  But my local chess club outlawed Queening and we've enjoyed
games of 'Chaos Chess' (I'm sure there's another name for it out
there) -- thought you should know.

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