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  • This page is used for generating a random position to play Fischerandom Chess. Every time you reload this page, or press the new position button, a different position will appear. Just set up a chessboard based on the diagram above, find an opponent, and have fun.

Quick Rules for Fischerandom Chess

  1. Fischerandom Chess is played with a normal chess board and pieces. All rules of Orthodox Chess apply except as otherwise noted.
  2. The initial configuration of the chess pieces is determined randomly for White, and the black pieces are placed equal and opposite the white pieces. The piece placement is subject to the constraints:
    1. the king is placed somewhere between the two rooks, and
    2. the bishops are on opposite colors.
    3. pawns are placed on each player's second rank as in Orthodox Chess.
    There are 960 such configurations.
  3. Castling, as in Orthodox chess, is an exceptional move involving both the King and Rook. Castling is a valid move under these circumstances:
    1. Neither King nor Rook has moved.
    2. The King is not in check before or after castling.
    3. All squares between the castling King's initial and final squares (including the final square), and all of the squares between the castling Rook's initial and final squares (including the final square), must be vacant except for the King and Rook.
    4. No square through which the King moves is under enemy attack.
    The movement of the King and Rook during castling should be easily understood by players of Orthodox Chess:
    1. When castling on the h-side (White's right side), the King ends on g1 (g8), and the rook on f1 (f8), just like the O-O move in Orthodox chess.
    2. When castling on the a-side (White's left side), the King ends on c1 (c8), and the rook on d1 (d8), just like the O-O-O move in Orthodox chess.
    3. Sometimes the King will not need to move; sometimes the Rook will not need to move. That's OK.
  4. The object is to checkmate the opponent's King. Have fun!

Audio file of Bobby Fischer explaining Fischerandom

Kibitzer's Corner
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  cro777: GM Andrey Deviatkin: "I think the game invented (or rather discovered) by the great Bobby Fischer is in fact the real chess: it keeps unchanged the essence and the rules of chess.

I do hope it will gain serious popularity later in 21st century, so that we will have the calendar of real-life events with significant prizes and long enough time controls such as 60 or 90 min/game.

Why do I think so?"

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  WorstPlayerEver: '..the bishops are on opposite colors.'

At least they got one point straight.

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  cro777: Levon Aronian: "Ive already on many occasions declared my love for Fischer Random Chess. I hope there will still be tournaments and people will value that variation of the Game as I do.

In principle, though, were currently playing something akin to Fischer Random Chess thanks to Magnus Carlsen, who brought a lot thats new with his approach. Above all, he managed to minimise the role played by the opening. Its the Petrosian-Fischer approach lets manoeuvre and see who turns out to be the best. Carlsen has changed modern chess and the majority of players now seek ways to get off the beaten path as soon as possible in the opening, to get a non-standard position. Thats prolonging the era of classical chess."

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  morfishine: Nice posts <cro777> Its good to see support for Chess960. I love the game!
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  cro777: "There are serious plans to organize a Chess960 World Championship in Norway next year!" (Tarjei J. Svensen, a Norwegian chess journalist)
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  cro777: Chess960 World Rating List

IPS (Individual Players Strength) - Top Ranking:

Jul-27-17  mprodrigues: great news! I'd love to see that happening!
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  morfishine: Who said Chess960 Isn't fun:

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1. e4 f6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 d6 4. Nd3 Nb6 5. f4 Nfd7 6. f5 Bf7 7. g4 g6 8. Ne3 Be7 9. h4 O-O-O 10. a4 Nc5 11. a5 Nbd7 12. Nb4 Nxe4 13. a6 Nb6 14. axb7+ Kxb7 15. Nc6 Ra8 16. Qb4 Nc5 17. Nc4 Bxd5 18. N4a5+ Kc8 19. Nxe7+ Qxe7 20. Rh3 e4 21. fxg6 hxg6 22. h5 f5 23. gxf5 gxf5 24. Bd4 Rh7 25. c4 Bb7 26. Raa3 Rb8 27. Qd2 Kd8 28. Bxc5 Ke8 29. Be3 Kf8 30. Bg5 Qf7 31. b3 Ba6 32. Nc6 Nxc4 33. Qa2 Nxa3+ 34. Qxa3 Rb6 35. Be3 Bd3+ 36. Ka2 Rxc6 37. Bd4 Ra6 38. Qxa6 Bxa6 39. Bxa7 f4 40. Rc3 f3 41. Bb8 Qf6 42. Rxc7 Rxc7 43. Bxc7 f2 0-1

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Now, thats what I call fun

Later, morf


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  cro777: Tactics rule in chess960.

Starting from 2011 International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) organizes chess960 events. The following game was played at the ICCF Diamond Jubilee 1st Chess960 World Cup Final.

SIM Fabian Stanach GM Jan Zidu

Starting position 492

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The first thing to check for in a chess960 starting position is undefended pawns. They often play an important tactical role. In the diagram position the g2(g7)-pawn is undefended. It can be immediately attacked with 1.b3 (1b6). Therefore, the opening moves 1.f3 f6 are profilactic. Black attacked the g2-pawn with the knight maneuver Ng6Nf4.

1.f3 f6 2.c4 c5 3.Bf2 b6 4.b3 Ng6 5.Ng3 Bf7

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Black opted for a symmetrical setup. If both players play natural and safe first moves and proceed by symmetry, White does not get a tactical exploit but instead get a positional exploit. That's why Black must break symmetry at the proper moment.

6.h4 Nf4 <Breaking the symmetry, attacking the weak g2-pawn>

7.Kf1 d5 8.h5 dxc4 9.bxc4 Be5 10.d4 cxd4 11.Bxd4 Nc6 12.Bxe5 Nxe5 13.Rh4 g5 14.hxg6 Nfxg6 15.Bxg6 Nxg6 16.Re4 Rc5 17.Ne3 Ne5 18.Rh4 h5 19.Kf2 Qc8 20.Ne4 Ra5 21.Rd1 Kf8 22.a4 Qc7 23.g3 Be6 24.Qd4 Kf7 25.Rf4 Kg7 26.Nd5 Qd7

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27.Rxf6! <A very nice positional rook sacrifice>

27...exf6 28.Nexf6 Qd6 29.Ne4 Qb8 30.f4 Bxd5 31.cxd5 Rd8 32.Nc3 Re8 33.d6 Qd8 34.Ke1 Qf6 35.fxe5 Raxe5 36.d7 Rd8 37.Nd5 Qd6 38.Qb2 a5 39.Rd3 Kg8 40.Qb3 Qe6 41.Rd2 Kh7 42.Qa3 Rxd7 43.Nf6+ Qxf6 44.Rxd7+ Kh6 45.Qd3 Re7 46.Rd4 Re6 47.Rf4 Qe5 48.Kf2 Rf6 49.Qc4 Qc5+ 50.Kg2 Rxf4 51.Qxf4+ Kg6 52.Qe4+ Kg5 53.Qf4+ Kg6 54.Qe4+ Kg5 55.Qd3 Qb4 56.e4 Qxa4 57.Qd8+ Kg6 58.Qxb6+ Kg5 59.Qc5+ Kh6 60.Qf8+ Kg6 61.Qf5+ Draw

Aug-22-17  Ang Dalubhasa: I just recently started appreciating the beauty of this version of the game. Classical is nice, this is also nice.

<RookFile> I like that idea, too. In the Philippines, they have a game they call the <Game of the Generals>. The goal is to capture the enemy's flag, and the way it works is you start the game by positioning your forces. You and your opponent do not see how you're setting up your forces, and this continues while playing. You shuffle your "pieces" with only you knowing what "rank" your officers are. I guess you can just Google it, but personally I find it really interesting.

Aug-22-17  Ang Dalubhasa: I saw the wiki link to the game:

An excerpt: "The game simulates armies at war trying to overpower, misinform, outflank, outmaneuver, and destroy each other. It optimizes the use of logic, memory, and spatial skills. It simulates the "fog of war" because the identities of the opposing pieces are hidden from each player and can only be guessed at by their location, movements, or from the results of challenges."

I miss this game.

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  WannaBe: It sure takes a long time (May to Dec) to play speed chess...
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  cro777: Speed Chess Championship 2017

The Speed Chess Championship is taking place from May 3rd to December 21st 2017.

16 top players qualified including Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian, MVL, Caruana, Wesley So, Nakamura, Karjakin, Grischuk, Giri and Hou Yifan.

Three time controls:

5 minutes plus 2 seconds per move,

3 minutes plus 2 second per move and

1 minute plus 1 second per move (bullet).

Each section ends with a single chess960 game.

A PGN file including the Chess960 games can be found at

Next match is Carlsen - Guseinov on October 5th.

It is interesting to watch the world's chess elite playing Chess960.

Sep-02-17  Arconax: <morfishine: I like <RookFile>'s idea too, almost as much as I like Chess960. Whats funny is how some people question if Chess960 can even be called "chess" Of course it can
Here's a News Flash for you: The current game of chess, lets call it "standard chess", is WAY different than the original format; so any offshoot is of course "chess" or another form of "chess">

What a silly argument. The way we play chess today is not so different from how they played in the 17th century. And the rules have been almost exactly the same since the early 1800s.

FischerRandom is not chess.

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  cro777: The fastest queen trap.

"W.O.W. Vachier_Lagrave resigns on MOVE 5 in the 960 game!" (

Jeffery Xiong Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

( Speed Chess Championship 2017. Blitz 5m+2s)

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1. c4 b6 2. d4 Qa6 3. b3 Qxa2 4. Na3 d5 5. e3

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Here Vachier-Lagrave resigned. His queen will be trapped by Re2! The a2-pawn was poisoned.

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  cro777: Queen in a cage in his own territory.

In a nail-biting speed chess duel Wesley So knocked out Giri 15.5-14.5. After 29 games played, the players were still even (14.5-14.5). The very last chess960 bullet game had to bring the decision.

Anish Giri Wesley So

( Speed Chess Championship 2017. Bullet 1m+2s)

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One of the problems in this starting position is how to develop the corner queen. In this bullet game Giri failed to find the correct solution (9.Qh2?! and 10.Qg3?!).

1. c4 g6 2. d3 c6 3. Bc3 Be5 4. Nf3 Bxc3 5. Rxc3 Nc7 6. h4 Nf6 7. Nb3 d6 8. O-O Bd7 9. Qh2?! (9. e4) Ng4 10. Qg3?! (10. Qf4) f5 11. e3 e5 12. d4 f4 13. exf4 exf4 14. Qh3 Ne3

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15. Qxd7+ Kxd7 16. fxe3 fxe3 17. Rxe3 Rce8 18. Rxe8 Rxe8 19. Bd3 Ne6 20. d5 Nf4 21. dxc6+ bxc6 22. Bb1 Qxb2 23. Nfd2 Rf8 24. Kh2 Ne6 25. Re1 Rf2 0-1

The tournament continues on October 5th with the match Carlsen Guseinov. The winner (most probably Carlsen) will be Wesley So's next opponent.

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  cro777: In chess960 castling too early can be devastating. The reason is that the opponent could start an all out attack.

This is what exactly happened in the following game. Wesley So was showing his cards too early by castling already on the second move and Giri quickly got a devastating attack.

Wesley So Anish Giri

( Speed Chess Championship 2017. Blitz 3m+2s)

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1. b3 b6 2. O-O c5 3. c4 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. Ne3 h5 6. Nd5 e6 7. Ne3 g5 8. h4 g4 9. Ng5 Nd4 10. Rfe1 Qh6 11. Nc2 Nxc2 12. Bxc2 Ke7 13. Rcd1 Rxg5! 14. hxg5 Qxg5 15. d4

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15g3 16. Qh3 gxf2+ 17. Kxf2 Ng4+ 18. Kg1 Bh2+ 19. Kf1 Qf4+ 0-1

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  morfishine: Hey <Arconax> This could be the dumbest post of the year:...<The way we play chess today is not so different from how they played in the 17th century.

And the rules have been almost exactly the same since the early 1800s> And now you finish with this contradictory gem of a comment: <FischerRandom is not chess>

Not only are your thoughts self-contradictory, you are wrong in the most basest manner: FischerRandom or Chess960 is "Chess"

Just like all the different formats that came before

You said it yourself

Have a nice day


Sep-04-17  Arconax: <Morfishine> Right or wrong, I was just stating my opinion. As I see it, FischerRandom isn't real chess. It's something else.

Botvinnik famously stated that Blitz isn't chess. Most players would disagree, but even today there are those who don't view Blitz as "real chess". The same goes for FischerRandom: you say that it's chess, I respectfully disagree, okay?

And a nice day to you too.

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  morfishine: <Arconax> Fischer-Random or Chess960 is another variant of chess.

There have been numerous changes in the game of "chess" over the centuries. So, to say Chess960 "isn't chess" is inaccurate because it never has been defined exactly what chess is. Terms like "classical" chess ring hollow. The rules have changed over time, so whats the real basis?

Chess960 is just another variant of "chess"; so its inaccurate to state it isn't "chess"

"Chess" has never been defined as a fixed element.


It has always changed over time


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  cro777: A Chess960 match between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura will take place in February 2018 in Baerum, Norway.
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  Joshka: <cro777> Long meaningful match? Or the wimpy/time wasting 3/4 game matches?
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  cro777: <Joshka> The organizers are planning a meaningful match likely to go over five, six days. A total budget of the match is 3 million Norwegian Krone (about 380000 US dollars).

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  zanzibar: The proposed Carlsen--Nakamura (Feb 2018/960) match: (en)

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  zanzibar: Here's a fairly recent Naka win over Carlsen in 960:


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