The 10th IAN McNAB MEMORIAL 2018
The 10th Ian McNab Memorial takes place on Thursday 26th April 2018, 7:30pm sign-in. In an overwhelming response the clear winner is the 960 Chess (Fischer Random). I have now closed the vote early to give players a chance to find out/get used to the format/rules of this chess variant. I think the 960 is right up Ian McNab`s street as they say!
With no opening systems/theory to go on, all players are on their own and it should make for an interesting night!
Chess 960 Chess Rules (also known as Fischer Random)
(Ian McNab Memorial 2018)
- Chess 960 is played with a normal chess board and pieces. All rules of Orthodox Chess apply except as otherwise noted.
- The initial configuration of the chess pieces is determined randomly for White, and the black pieces are placed equal and opposite the white pieces.
- The piece placement is subject to the constraints: a) the king is placed somewhere between the two rooks, and b) the bishops are on opposite colours. c) pawns are placed on each player’s second rank as in Orthodox Ches
There are 960 such configurations.
Castling, as in Orthodox chess, is an exceptional move involving both the King and Rook. The movement of the King and Rook during castling should be easily understood by players of Orthodox Chess:
Castling is a valid move under these circumstances:
a.Neither King nor Rook has moved.
b. The King is not in check before or after castling.
c. All squares between the castling King’s initial and final squares (including the final square), and all of the squares between the castling Rook’s initial and final squares (including the final square), must be vacant except for the King and Rook.
d. No square through which the King moves is under enemy attack.When castling on the h-side (White’s right side), the King
e. ends on g1 (g8), and the rook on f1 (f8), just like the O-O move in Orthodox chess.
f. When castling on the a-side (White’s left side), the King ends on c1 (c8), and the rook on d1 (d8), just like the O-O-O move in Orthodox chess.
g. Sometimes the King will not need to move; sometimes the Rook will not need to move. That’s OK.
The object is to checkmate the opponent’s King. Have fun!
Also checkout the rules for the Ian McNab Memorial on website.