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Hi all, please feel free to include here any books you have read or you think they will be interesting for us to read.
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I am currently reading the first and probably one of the most recommended 960chess related books:
Another book that I haven't read, but it is in line with the primary goal of this group is:
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)
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! :)
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
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.
If the book writter comes here personally to defend his works I have to admit that it is worthy to give it a chance..
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.
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:
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5: Table of ContentsRemarksTarget GroupUtilizable WorthChapterSmall Preface
11: BirthRobert James FischerBirth PlacePre-historyAttention and DesignationAlternative of Chess960Further (?) FullChessVariant Name FischerandomA Call for Tolerance18: FRC RegulationsCompatibilityStart Position ListExtended CastlingSpecial Castling Types(?)(?) Computer22: From the number to the start position(?) 960 CalculatedDerivation of one start position24: Drawing of PositionsImportant NotePractical Bags Method (from the Author)Equivalent (analog from H.L.Bodlaender)Production by Pocket Calculators and BookProduction by (?)Production by Piece-ShufflerProduction by Computer29: Presentation of FRC EnlargedNecessary Castling InformationPoint-Marked Castling Powers
32: Motivation for FRCHistorical Resuscitation AttemptsArab ImpatienceItalian RevolutionGambit PlaysModificationsGrotesque (?)Shuffle ChessFischer Random Chess37: (?) Chance for Little-Since-HolderMore Released Play -(?)- grewChances are Rising
38: Masters Play FRCMainz CC Fischer Random 2001Mickey Adams - Peter Leko44: Official World New Chess Association 2003Peter Svidler - Peter Leko(?) Part
58: Ask Approximately for the FRCAlternative Shuffle Chess(?)(?)60: Arguments ApproximatelyToo ComplicatedMonument FallTheory MurderPlayer AffrontResource (?)Anti-(?)Material Criticism64: Pseudo-FRC(?) PrinciplePseudo-FRC Tournament(?) FRC(?)66: The King Does Not JumpCastling Rule InterpretationClassical Period Creates Clarity(?) King69: Castling and SymmetriesSome IrritationsBack to the RootsMore Than One VariantDifferently Colored BishopsAsymmetrische Start PositionsConvergence in the Central PlayOne Round Thing73: One Castling DilemmaOne DiscoveryOne Must DecideEverything As Had
75: New Organization(?)Initial PositionAims of the FederationExecutive Committee teamConsidering Times Pattern(?) WNCA (?)
78: FRC and Computer ChessComputer Chess (?)Principle of a Fair RaceProposal for AuthorsSingle Exceptional Case Analysis-(?)80: Advanced FRC-FEN Encoding (from the Author)Standard FEN SpecificationAdvanced FRC-FEN SpecificationFRC-FEN at 10x8 Capablanca Random Chess84: FRC in the UCI ProtocolUCI ProtocolPrinciple of MinimalizationFRC-FEN SupportPure FRC EngineOpening EncodingSpecial UCI OptionHarvest ToleranceRole for the Graphical User Interface (GUI)87: FRC (?) GUI and EnginesUniversal Arena GUIExisting FRC Engines
89: Swell and TablesFRC Start PositionsTable of 960 Start PositionsTable of 18 Full Castling Compatible Positions102: WNCA StatisticsTaken into Account Events (as of 2004)Current World Rank List (as of 2004)111: Source DirectoryLierature ListRecommended Internet Sites (as of 2004)Recommended Internet Forums including FRCOther Internet Forums113: Sponsor and ChallengerA Warm Thank YouHans-Walter SchmittFrank QuisinskyChess E. Niggemann114: Frankfurt Chess Tigers
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Play Stronger Chess by Examining Chess960 - (publ Jan 2006, available on Amazon.com)
ISBN 10: 0-9774521-0-7ISBN 13: 978-0977452101
'"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