Due to the resounding success of last Tuesday's simultaneous event with our resident "Simultaneous Expert" Dave Ireland, Ed Goodwin and the A Team players have kindly agreed to organise
a "Doubles Fischer Random Tournament"
Now, I can already hear you saying "what the heck is a Doubles Fischer Random Tournament" and I must admit I had to scurry to Wikipedia to look up what it is all about.
In Ed's words here is brief outline of how we see the evening :-
2 players in each team taking it in turns to move.
Starting time 8p.m. Number of rounds 3.
The games we will be playing is called Fischer random or Chess 960. This is a chess variant where the pieces are set up at random on the 1st and 8th ranks. Otherwise rules of chess are the same as a normal game except castling which will require some explanation on the night.
For anyone wanting to prepare look at Chess 960 on Wikapedia.
I suggest the following :-
Clocks set to 10 minutes per team.
Teams created by splitting players into 2 groups by strength and picking 1 player from each group.
Starting positions drawn from a set of preprinted positions .
We should have 4 teams ideally, depending on numbers we may have some teams with one player or some with 3 players.
There is much scope for confusion and I may have overlooked something major but hopefully this just adds to the fun.
This is another new event we have never tried, however reading the Wikipedia text, it looks like all those long winter nights you spent studying openings will not help you
Here is a link to the Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess960
As normal, for all club events, the competition is free to enter and open to all club members and guests.
If you could get to the club for 7.30pm this will then give us time to organise teams, explain the rules! ready for a start at 8 pm.
We do have another Simultaneous event planned in four or five weeks time, however, if anyone has any suggestion for future events please let me know and we will gladly organise something if it is possible.
Finally, here is a small excerpt from Wikipedia to whet your appetite
Chess960, also called Fischer Random Chess (originally Fischerandom), is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, announced publicly on June 19, 1996, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It employs the same board and pieces as standard chess, but the starting position of the pieces on the players' home ranks is randomized. The random setup renders the prospect of obtaining an advantage through the memorization of opening lines impracticable, compelling players to rely instead on their talent and creativity.
Randomizing the main pieces had long been known as Shuffle Chess; however, Chess960 introduces restrictions on the randomization, "preserving the dynamic nature of the game by retaining bishops of opposite colours for each player and the right to castle for both sides". The result is 960 unique possible starting positions