# Chess960 Explained!

• 19 months ago · Quote · #141

If you throw a dice, and you get let's say a 2, the probability of getting a 2 again on the second throw is 1/6 , not 1/36....agree Paul ??

The probability of getting 2 times 2 is 1/36, but the probability of getting the same number twice is 1/6, not too difficult to understand is it?

• 19 months ago · Quote · #142

I am sorry Paul, but you are wrong...the same way as I was wrong in the first place and was corrected by ironic_begar.

The situation is perfectly comparable to the example of the dice I gave.

I started a game of 960 chess..in position A. Started  game 2 and got position A again (probability one on 960). Started game 3 and again got position A (probability 1 on 969x960). Started game 4 and  AGAIN position A (probability 1 on 960x960x960) if all this was based on pure chance (which it wasn't)

I throw a dice and get a 2. Throw it again and get another 2 (probability 1 on 6) I throw it a third time and get another 2 (probability 1 on 6x6). I throw it a fourth time, and get yet another 2 (probability 1 on 6x6x6)

Agree?

My original question was ' What is the probability of getting four games od chess 960 in a row, all starting with the same position'

The answer is 1 on 960x960x960

• 19 months ago · Quote · #143

lobachevskii has it right. There are 960 ways to get the same position four times in a row, one way for each position. Each of those 960 ways has a probability of 1/960^4. The 960 ways goes into the numerator and divides out, giving you 1/960^3.

Another way to look at it (the one I usually use) is that the first probability is 1. You will get a position, some position. The probability that the second position matches the first is 1/960, and that's the same for the probabilities that the third matches the second and the fourth matches the third. Multiply them together and you get 1/960^3.

• 19 months ago · Quote · #144

absolutely right ciljettu......UNLESS...you click on 'rematch'

• 19 months ago · Quote · #145

Sometimes I play Chess960.

• 17 months ago · Quote · #146

is chess960 playable with the app for iPhone?

• 17 months ago · Quote · #147

yes. I don't have mine re-charged to check, but if memory is correct, it shows in game options on the iphone 'create challenge' same as it does on the website on that drop down option

• 17 months ago · Quote · #148

ok, got it running now (new to the iPhone/apps...), thanks!

• 16 months ago · Quote · #149

Could someone tell me how to castle when playing 960 on chess.com?

I mean I know the 960 castling rules, but somehow it does NOT work when I play against someone on chess.com, why is that? Am I doing something wrong?

• 16 months ago · Quote · #150

Chess960 does not help my career of but obviously but I go back to it just in case a silly position comes up in my actual game.

• 16 months ago · Quote · #151

@Veht.. thanks alot man. I'll try that. Hope it works!

• 13 months ago · Quote · #152
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• 13 months ago · Quote · #153

I prefer Chess960 to regular chess- I think it might even take over in the next 50 years.

• 12 months ago · Quote · #154

Yes it isdonyutuc. The squares between rook and king are free, as are the squares whereking and rook must end up. So queen side castling is possible. I agree it looks a bit funny.

• 10 months ago · Quote · #155
TheProfessor wrote:

I prefer Chess960 to regular chess- I think it might even take over in the next 50 years.

Yes, if it became more popular than standard Chess in so many years, that would reflect success in studying its peculiarities. So far, how much has been done to categorize the openings -- I would start by categorizing according to most striking feature of each position... Examples: 1) Queen or bishop at the corner; 2) bishop duo in the center, corner or elsewhere; 3) knight duo at the corner; etc.

Categorizing is quite tricky, but I find it worthwhile as, in starting a new game, I sometimes discover significant similarities in another game played with a slighly different starting position. That helps in planning the strategy in the new game. How about that?

• 10 months ago · Quote · #156

Why has 4+ years and counting, and chess 960 is still unavailable in live chess (non-corresspondence) on chess.com?

Other sites have it available for live play for a many years, and chess.com has already had it programmed in (for correspondence play) for many years now as well.

Surely this could be added to live play with little difficulty, and should be added in ASAP? All that would be required (or so it seems, I'm not a programmer myself) would be to add a timer to the game and make the 960 icon different from the regular chess icon (i.e. someting other than a circle).

With a reported 6.7 million members, 55,832 of which have played 960 via chess.com's correspondence/online feature, surely this feature is worth adding to live chess as well, and as soon as possible?

• 9 months ago · Quote · #157
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• 7 months ago · Quote · #158

I prefer standard chess.

• 7 months ago · Quote · #159

I love my opening tricks.

• 7 months ago · Quote · #160

Most people prefer standard chess, just like more people prefer vanilla ice cream as compared to other flavors. That doesn't mean that other flavors should be excluded, especially when people are known to like them and when they can easily be produced.