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Chess960, or Fischer Random Chess, is a chess variant invented by former World Champion Bobby Fischer. It uses the same board and pieces as standard chess but the starting position of the main pieces is chosen at random. Randomizing the main pieces has long been known as Shuffle Chess but Chess960 also introduces new rules so that castling possibilities exist for all starting positions, resulting in 960 possible non-mirrored starting positions. To maintain the character of standard chess, the king must start somewhere between the two rooks, and the bishops must start on opposite color squares. It was originally announced on June 19, 1996, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The random setup makes creativity and talent more important than memorization of opening moves.



Before the game a starting position is randomly set up, subject to certain rules. After this, the game is played in the same way as standard chess. In particular, pieces and pawns have their normal moves, and each player's objective is to checkmate the opponent's king.

Starting position requirements

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