I won my first game of chess960 (see Shall We Play Fischerandom Chess?) as Black in 13 moves. The game ended so quickly because my opponent castled on the wrong side and was caught in a vicious attack. The diagram shows the start position.
Start Position 787
Here's the PGN, courtesy of SchemingMind.com:
[FEN "brqknrnb/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/BRQKNRNB w KQkq - 0 1"]
1.b3 f5 2.f4 Ngf6 3.d3 Nd6 4.Qd2 O-O 5.O-O-O b5 6.Ngf3 c5 7.Ne5 g6 8.N1f3 c4 9.dxc4 bxc4 10.Nd4 Qa6 11.Nxc4 Nxc4 12.Qc3 Rfc8 13.Qh3 Qxa2 0-1
Some observations from the first game (and a few moves of a second game):-
- Having to think from the first move -- and I don't consider choices like 'Shall I play 1.e4 or 1.d4 this time?' to be real thinking -- is a refreshing change from the well worn opening paths of traditional chess.
- The castling option requires more thought than in traditional chess. We learn very early the tradeoffs between O-O and O-O-O, but the standard guidelines aren't sufficient in chess960.
- Many of the traditional positional guidelines -- develop quickly, watch the center, Knights before Bishops -- still apply, but have a new set of nuances.
- The position starts to look like traditional chess after both sides have developed a few minor pieces and have castled.
I'm already hooked after one game!