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Default Relocation (swap) chess

An alternative to Chess960 is to allow players to relocate (swap) pieces
on the first row before play begins:

The various relocation methods allow the players optionally to relocate
king and/or queen before the play begins, whilst retaining the castling
rights (the rooks remain in their position). The players may abstain
from this should they prefer the standard setup. The resultant positions
deviate marginally from the standard position and would be experienced
as natural by most chess players. The foremost difference is that the
player can himself decide the setup of his own pieces, whereas Chess960
is wholly randomized. The positions are "natural" in appearance, with
rooks always on the corner squares (only in "Fischer Placement Chess"
one rook can be relocated) and the bishops always on different colours
on the four central ranks (i.e. never on the b or g file). Hence the
bishops and rooks must be developed before they can have any impact,
just as in standard chess.

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