Format: 5 round Swiss (one round per week - randomly selected starting position each round)
Time control: 30 min/10 sec - no recording of moves
Entry fee: $10 members, $25 non-members
Arbiter: Ian Birchall E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fischer Random chess is played with a partially random initial piece set up. The idea is to eliminate opening preparation and to force players on to their own resources from move 1.
Rules for Fischer Random Chess
Fischer Random Chess is played with a normal chess board and pieces. All rules of Orthodox Chess apply except as otherwise noted:
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:
the king is placed somewhere between the two rooks, and
the bishops are on opposite colours.
pawns are placed on each player's second rank as in Orthodox Chess.
There are 960 such configurations.
As in orthodox chess, castling is a valid move under these circumstances:
Neither King nor Rook has moved.
The King is not in check before or after castling.
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.
No square through which the King moves is under enemy attack.