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Chess+. Players choose when and where to place their pieces behind the pawns.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Christian Freeling wrote on 2020-05-27 UTC

Hi David,

Chess+ just so happened after I had stopped inventing games and Nick became more active in the games business. It has been done from an inventor's point of view, not from a Chess player's. So it may seem more rigorous. It allows bishops to be entered on the same sub-grid because disallowing it requires an additional rule. After all, legal Chess positions are possible with bishops on the same sub-grid.

We think it works better than Fischer's brainchild but we fear that this will not represent any future majority.

David Cannon wrote on 2020-05-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Great idea. I have always loved Fischerrandom Chess, but I really don't like the way it gives players no control over where their pieces start. I also consider Fischer's castling rule to be cludgy and it's hard to believe that a man of his genius came up with that. Your project fixes those shortcomings. 

One tweak I'd make if it were up to me is to require both players to enter ALL their pieces before making any other moves. White would enter a piece, followed by black, and they'd take it in turns to enter pieces, one at a time, until the first and eighth ranks were full. Of course, Bishops must be required to be on different coloured squares. 

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