Interesting Chess960 FRC books

kokino

Hi all, please feel free to include here any books you have read or you think they will be interesting for us to read.

 

  • Shall We Play Fischerandom Chess? by Svetozar Gligoric

Shall We Play Fischerandom Chess? (Batsford Chess Books)

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Play Stronger Chess by Examining Chess960: Usable Strategies of Fischer Random Chess DiscoveredBOOK PREVIEW

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  • Fischer-Random-Schach (FRC/Chess960): Die revolutionäre Zukunft des Schachspiels (inkl. Computerschach) by Reinhard Scharnagl [only German language available]

Fischer-Random-Schach (FRC/Chess960): Die revolutionäre Zukunft des Schachspiels (inkl. Computerschach)

REVIEW: (No review)

 

 

  • Fischer Random Chess Openings by Jan H van Niekerk [only e-book available]

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  • Mastering Fischer Random Chess by Jan H van Niekerk [only e-book available]

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  • Fischer Random Chess Starting Positions by Jan H van Niekerk [only e-book available]

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kokino

I am currently reading the first and probably one of the most recommended 960chess related books:

 

Shall We Play Fischerandom Chess? (Batsford Chess Books)

 by Svetozar Gligoric
kokino

Another book that I haven't read, but it is in line with the primary goal of this group is:

Play Stronger Chess by Examining Chess960: Usable Strategies of Fischer Random Chess Discovered

by Gene Milener
ichabod801

I've read Milener's book. It has some useful ideas for playing FRC, but I felt too much of the book was about things besides playing FRC: different numbering methods for the starting positions, different notation systems, showing similarities in Chess and FRC midgames. Not that this was useless information, but it wasn't what I was looking for when I bought the book.

kokino
ichabod801 wrote:

I've read Milener's book. It has some useful ideas for playing FRC, but I felt too much of the book was about things besides playing FRC: different numbering methods for the starting positions, different notation systems, showing similarities in Chess and FRC midgames. Not that this was useless information, but it wasn't what I was looking for when I bought the book.


 thanks for your review.. :)

I was considering that book to be my next assets... but I will try to find another one as soon as I finish with Glicoric's

 

Any of you know other good books? (about 960chess)

rothbard959

As far as I know there is only one GM written book about Chess960. It is Gligoric's book. I've read some parts of this book and frankly I'm a bit disappointed. I was expecting more philosophical point of view. I'm quite sure there will be more C960 books for the next 10 years. The problem is Chess960 is really large,,, if there is something 1,000 books about standard chess openings,,, there should be about 1,000 x 960 = 960,000 opening books for Chess960. I don't expect too much middlegame books,,, but there will be books about opening to middle game transpositions (this is the most important subject).

kokino
miriskra wrote:

As far as I know there is only one GM written book about Chess960. It is Gligoric's book. I've read some parts of this book and frankly I'm a bit disappointed. I was expecting more philosophical point of view. I'm quite sure there will be more C960 books for the next 10 years. The problem is Chess960 is really large,,, if there is something 1,000 books about standard chess openings,,, there should be about 1,000 x 960 = 960,000 opening books for Chess960. I don't expect too much middlegame books,,, but there will be books about opening to middle game transpositions (this is the most important subject).


 Yes, you are completely right. This is really important to work with. Clearly the main differences from FRC to regular chess are the stages from the opening into the middlegame. This is something I would like to work with here in this group. I know there is nothing about it yet and it might be a job for years, but we can create the most complete DB and basic instructions for each SP first moves. (I know that there is nothing like that so far)

I have started working with it here (check the forums) and anyone willing to support or cooperate with it is more than welcome! :)

kokino

Any of you know whether this great book is available in another language (Apart from German):

 

Fischer-Random-Schach (FRC/Chess960): Die revolutionäre Zukunft des Schachspiels (inkl. Computerschach) (Taschenbuch)

von Reinhard Scharnagl

ISBN-10: 3833413220 ISBN-13: 978-3833413223
ochestnut
kokino wrote:

I am currently reading the first and probably one of the most recommended 960chess related books:

 

Shall We Play Fischerandom Chess? (Batsford Chess Books)  by Svetozar Gligoric

What is needed is one person who has truly read both Gligoric's book and my FRC book. So far this thread has people who have read only one or the other.

Yes the first half of my book does not focus on the board positions or setups etc. But the second half does.

To anyone here on this forum, I ask you honestly whether anything in Gligorics Fischerandom book says anything at all about Fischerandom?  All I see is a few lightly annotated games where the annotations are barely different than for traditional chess; and an inappropriately long-winded explanation of FRC castling. The rest is about the history of chess, about Bobby Fischer, about improvements in chess clocks, about some other chess variants (Capablanca's ideas are well known), and about some 1990's shuffle chess games where they accidently violated the setup rules for FRC meaning they were not FRC games. This all might be interesting stuff, but it touches FRC in only the barest fleeting tangential way.

 

To Ichabod801 I would say that additional chess960 technical/tactical ideas I discussed, such as the differences in "knight opposition" and "king fort design" and "Reuben Fine's famous nine opening principles of chess", should be of direct interest to FRC. Entire traditional chess books have been devoted to attacking the two or three king fort (castled king defenses) that are so common in traditional chess. But in FRC pieces now often constitute the king fort barriers, and this has major implications for king side attacks when both colors have castled to the same wing. Knight opposition is inherently reduced in many FRC setups, compared to the traditional setup. This has major implications for everything knight-related during the opening. Fine's opening principles do not mention the rook, but any such list of principles in chess960 surely would. It is time to play some non-standard setups and develop the missing principle.

 

Thank you.

kokino

If the book writter comes here personally to defend his works I have to admit that it is worthy to give it a chance.. Smile 

As soon as I finish with the Glicoric's will buy yours to have a personal opinion about it.

 

Thanks for your comment, you have completely a point here: so far, nobody on this threat seems to have read both books so it is not fair to compare them.

Keep track of this forum, maybe you can receive more feeback soon.

ochestnut
kokino wrote:

Any of you know whether this great book is available in another language (Apart from German):

 

Fischer-Random-Schach (FRC/Chess960): Die revolutionäre Zukunft des Schachspiels (inkl. Computerschach) (Taschenbuch)

von Reinhard Scharnagl

ISBN-10: 3833413220 ISBN-13: 978-3833413223

 
I have not read Mr. Scharnagl's book, because I am unable to speak or read German. However, I can provide you all with the following very rough/messy translation of the TABLE OF CONTENTS from Mr. Scharnagl's book:


(Page Number:  ,  Description)

5: Table of Contents
Remarks
Target Group
Utilizable Worth
Chapter
Small Preface


11: Birth
Robert James Fischer
Birth Place
Pre-history
Attention and Designation
Alternative of Chess960
Further (?) FullChess
Variant Name Fischerandom
A Call for Tolerance
18: FRC Regulations
Compatibility
Start Position List
Extended Castling
Special Castling Types
(?)
(?) Computer
22: From the number to the start position
(?) 960 Calculated
Derivation of one start position
24: Drawing of Positions
Important Note
Practical Bags Method (from the Author)
Equivalent (analog from H.L.Bodlaender)
Production by Pocket Calculators and Book
Production by (?)
Production by Piece-Shuffler
Production by Computer
29: Presentation of FRC Enlarged
Necessary Castling Information
Point-Marked Castling Powers


32: Motivation for FRC
Historical Resuscitation Attempts
Arab Impatience
Italian Revolution
Gambit Plays
Modifications
Grotesque (?)
Shuffle Chess
Fischer Random Chess
37: (?) Chance for Little-Since-Holder
More Released Play -(?)- grew
Chances are Rising


38: Masters Play FRC
Mainz CC Fischer Random 2001
Mickey Adams - Peter Leko
44: Official World New Chess Association 2003
Peter Svidler - Peter Leko
(?) Part


58: Ask Approximately for the FRC
Alternative Shuffle Chess
(?)
(?)
60: Arguments Approximately
Too Complicated
Monument Fall
Theory Murder
Player Affront
Resource (?)
Anti-(?)
Material Criticism
64: Pseudo-FRC
(?) Principle
Pseudo-FRC Tournament
(?) FRC
(?)
66: The King Does Not Jump
Castling Rule Interpretation
Classical Period Creates Clarity
(?) King
69: Castling and Symmetries
Some Irritations
Back to the Roots
More Than One Variant
Differently Colored Bishops
Asymmetrische Start Positions
Convergence in the Central Play
One Round Thing
73: One Castling Dilemma
One Discovery
One Must Decide
Everything As Had


75: New Organization
(?)
Initial Position
Aims of the Federation
Executive Committee team
Considering Times Pattern
(?) WNCA (?)


78: FRC and Computer Chess
Computer Chess (?)
Principle of a Fair Race
Proposal for Authors
Single Exceptional Case Analysis-(?)
80: Advanced FRC-FEN Encoding (from the Author)
Standard FEN Specification
Advanced FRC-FEN Specification
FRC-FEN at 10x8 Capablanca Random Chess
84: FRC in the UCI Protocol
UCI Protocol
Principle of Minimalization
FRC-FEN Support
Pure FRC Engine
Opening Encoding
Special UCI Option
Harvest Tolerance
Role for the Graphical User Interface (GUI)
87: FRC (?) GUI and Engines
Universal Arena GUI
Existing FRC Engines


89: Swell and Tables
FRC Start Positions
Table of 960 Start Positions
Table of 18 Full Castling Compatible Positions
102: WNCA Statistics
Taken into Account Events (as of 2004)
Current World Rank List (as of 2004)
111: Source Directory
Lierature List
Recommended Internet Sites (as of 2004)
Recommended Internet Forums including FRC
Other Internet Forums
113: Sponsor and Challenger
A Warm Thank You
Hans-Walter Schmitt
Frank Quisinsky
Chess E. Niggemann
114: Frankfurt Chess Tigers

THE END

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Gene Milener
Contact@CastleLong.com

http://www.CastleLong.com/

Play Stronger Chess by Examining Chess960
- (publ Jan 2006, available on Amazon.com)

ISBN 10: 0-9774521-0-7
ISBN 13: 978-0977452101

bemweeks

'"Reuben Fine's famous nine opening principles of chess", should be of direct interest to FRC. [...] Fine's opening principles do not mention the rook, but any such list of principles in chess960 surely would.'

I'm not sure what you're talking about here. Fine's 'Ideas Behind the Chess Openings' mentions ten 'practical rules' in Ch.1 'General Principles'. Is that what you mean? If so, the sixth rule is 'Castle as soon as possible...', which is a Rook move as well as a King move. - Mark