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Chess 960 is still mostly Chess

I've decided to gives some games of Chess960 a shot and make some observations on this variant. I'll show in this post one of my first games that wasn't a particularly fierce battle. One of the points to be made is that the usual chess principles can't be ignored! One should still try to control the center right from the opening, develop your pieces, and give them good squares. And of course, tactics tactics tactics.

The very end of the game is a neat tactic and left as a puzzle.

 

Comments


  • 4 years ago

    rongchen

    Nice tactics!

  • 4 years ago

    dannyhume

    Bobby Fischer had students?  Where are they?  I know he lived/analyzed with the Polgars for a while but they were all IM/GM-ish by then, right?

    Chess960 is nearly entirely chess (pawn structure and castling), but it is nice that it rids the exact memorization component (at least to degree).  

  • 4 years ago

    kyldyl

    :)

  • 4 years ago

    RegicidalManiac

    Bobby Fischer began using the random placement of the back row pieces as a way of checking to see if his students were learning and employing principles or merely memorizing opening moves. I am now doing the same thing with my nephews and nieces as I teach them.

  • 4 years ago

    kader105

    Chess960 I just won my first game 3 days ago, it is on my blog!

  • 4 years ago

    RegicidalManiac

    "skipping the opening" is a good way to lose at 960. I prefer to think more in the line of: adapt the opening to the position, and be prepared to incorporate middle game style tactics when applicable. Granted I am no 960 genius; but one must get control of the middle, establish support points, connect rooks, open diagonals and files...just as you do in standard chess, you just have to do it yourself instead of relying on book moves. 

  • 4 years ago

    CHEssGUEVARA

    Cool.  I've been impatiently waiting for chess.com to add Chess960 to live chess here.  I would like to know what the Grandmaster's think of it.  If the openings are such a problem it would effect top level gameplay the most, but there doesn't seem to be a great demand for it.

    I would love to see some GM matches though.  I'm surprised the variant's author B. Fischer didn't have any gems to show.

  • 4 years ago

    Arizonaboy

    nice checkmate. That's why I like chess960. It skips the openings (important, but nontheless kind of boring since most players have a couple of openings memorized) and cuts to the middle and endgames (which tend to need a much better grasp of chess)

  • 4 years ago

    RegicidalManiac

    the same concept still applies, I saw this quite easily

  • 4 years ago

    Iamcleverbot

    It was genius, playing 960 like it's regular chess. I honestly normally chose the pawn that lets out a bishop, without any other thought. Now I'm in the mood to test out my newfound 960 knowledge.

  • 4 years ago

    Loomis

    Sorry for the two mistakes, Black's h-pawn managed to go backward to get to the puzzle. Well, at least it's not particularly relevant for the solution. And initially I had a typo in the title. I guess you can edit the title but the URL is already generated.

  • 4 years ago

    PlayChessLikeHockey

    a tricky mate there. took me a bit to see it. And if you missed the mate, you could do 2. Bxg7 3. Ndf8 and either fork the king and rook or queen and rook for the advantage in pieces...which is what i saw first before the mate.

    Edit: also, the web address for this page is ".../chess-920-is-..." wtf did you chose 920 instead of 960? lol wtf.

  • 4 years ago

    Iamcleverbot

    The puzzle differs from the actual position, but it was very intelligent nonetheless.

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