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My web page at

http://www.quadibloc.com/chess/ch0602.htm

now contains a new version of Random Variant Chess.

Random Variant Chess is intended as an alternative to Chess 960, also known as
Fischer Random Chess.

Instead of a scrambled array on an 8x8 board with only the conventional pieces,
an orderly array, with the Rooks on the outside and the King and Queen in the
center, and the pieces laid out symmetrically, is used, but a large number of
possible variants are still possible because it is played on a 12 x 8 board,
and the array is modified by randomly introducing Fairy pieces from a defined
selection.

The modifications a

Now, a random variant is selected by rolling three ordinary dice either once or
twice. Special equipment, such as slips marked with the different alternatives,
are not required.

The scoring system is modified significantly.

The game is 100 points - Checkmate scores 100-0 for the mating player.

Stalemate now scores 60-40 for the mating player, regardless of whether White
or Black forces Stalemate.

A win by Material Superiority scores 51-49 for the player with material
superiority. It is only for this type of win, now, that an analogue to
_komidashi_ from Go is present; as in Korean Chess, a point score is added to
Black's material value.

But in Korean Chess, wins by material superiority are just wins, counting
equally with wins by Checkmate.

My intention with Random Variant Chess is to propose a new version of Chess
that is faithful to the spirit of regular Chess, but which addresses the two
recurring complaints -

- that there is too much emphasis on memorizing opening variations; and

- since Steinitz, there are too many draws, and therefore not enough exciting
play.

John Savard
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An important last-minute update has been made to the system of scoring in the game, so that it will not promote an undue emphasis on gain of material as opposed to the attack on the King, the true objective of Chess.

John Savard
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