People assume chess960 (Fischer chess) a chess variant. But it is not. Chess960 is a generalization of chess. If Chess960 were a variant of chess, then chess could not be a position within the variant. But it is! Chess960 encompasses chess. We have a chess centric point of view.
Carry out this simple thought experiment that questions our Chess centric way of thinking: “In an alternative reality, hundreds of years ago the game of Chess960 was invented. Then late in the 21st century, a small movement began to only play SP518 (Chess). But players all around the world asked the simple question, why would you want to dumb down Chess960 like that?”
And Chess (SP518) is a variant of Chess960 and so are the other 959 positions. There is no difference that we can tell. Chess960 is not a variant. It is a generalised set of rules that determine all the possible positions of pieces on the back rank without violating any past rule. Not a single rule of chess is violated in the process, not one!
Do you remember good old days when the engines couldn’t enter the tournaments with their analysis?
Chess should be the best move over the board at the given time, a test of skills in evaluating subtle differences in positions. Not raw brute, ply hammering by multi-threaded algorithms.
Lets check out what the chess professionals think about chess engines’ invasion to pure human chess play:
First of all, we must admit to ourselves that we are all cheats! Unfair play has been going on for twenty years – since the computer has become an integral part of the preparation of a chess player.
Maybe it’s time to put everyone on an equal footing? Some people cannot afford a powerful computer, whilst others have silicon worth tens of thousands of dollars, plus a huge number of assistants, that are a source of advice with this work. This difference in effect determines the rankings and so on. ~ Alexey Dreev, Grandmaster
Professionals feel the pain more than the rest as they struggle to find a real competition. But still they are unable to create a movement, resisting against the tyranny (a.k.a chess mafia or chess oligarchy). This is why we have no FRC federation or a regular tournaments played on FRC. Even you can’t find a single serious FRC tournament in a year or a decade maybe!
So, something has to be changed. And we would like to become a part of it. This is a blog of that movement just started in Europe.
No more computer analysis ruin the game!
All we want to do, ever, is play real chess! (again)