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Are you for or against “Fischerandom” Chess?. This way of playing Chess implies that a system generates one of the 960 different starting positions for the chess pieces. Black’s position mirrors that of White and the normal rules of Chess are applied, with some especial considerations for castling. You can find all the details on the Internet.

It was advocated by former World Champion the late Bobby Fischer to avoid the tons of theory normal Chess is filled with. But some considerations have to be made:

1.- When people speak of tons of theoretical lines , we must bear in mind that Chess has different levels and chessplayers have different goals. Chess has become a very specialized field. So top GMs elaborate, know and use tons of theory. The rest (average players including many average GMs , IMs, etc, don’t).

2.- No matter how much theory is produced, Chess is so vast than new moves/lines can be found even at early stages of the games.

3.- At top GM level, it is normal to pay the toll of time: nobody is the same at 20 than at 60. Perhaps some people are unable to accept it and try to adapt Chess to themselves instead to they themselves to Chess. There is a difference of  abilities too: Chess contains a creative aspect. There are better players and worse players. As in the rest of fields of our lives..

4.- Today, every Chess professional has or can have access to the same material: board+pieces+computers+programs. This mean that some of the protests seem being out of sheer impotence (if you are a strong GM and Kasparov keeps beating you one time after another some people may find it normal to ask for a cange in the rules…) Bitter complaints have common for decades if not centuries ( “alas! my opponent has more money to invest on Chess, or he can pay two or three helpers, or the Soviets are supported by the State”, and so on one year after another: many people blame his/her bad luck but nobody his/her ability.

5.- Add your own opinions here………………………………………………………………

Well, some years ago, Salov advocated Fischerandom (a case of “sour grapes” in his bitter confrontation with Kasparov???). In a recent interview (June 2012), Anand admitted that the state of Chess does not requiere such drastic measures… But I have found an interview (c.1998) in which Kasparov speaks about this matter.(He was being asked about different matters and the exchange of verbal attacks with Salov appeared too. Salov had just stated that Fischerandom Chess should be promoted). Kasparov said:

“Salov is mentally deteriorated (sic). I would win everybody in that modality –Fischerandom-. Salov says that we should play that way because I work too hard. But the case is that I do not win the majority of my games in the opening, but in the middlegame, in the field of tactics. If we played that way –Fischerandom-  I would obtain tremendous results, of a 90%, as in the mid-eighties, because that way of playing chess tends to favour the strongest player, mainly in the field of tactics. My biggest advantage over the rest, with the exception of Anand , is the field of tactics. In “random chess” there is a lot of tactics from the opening and, moreover, it is new tactics. In fact I would like to play that way.”

I am with Kasparov (for once…).

And what about CC?. Nothing. Fischerandom will not solve any problem. CC players would continue using their computers/programs in search of analytical help and the only difference is that a theory book would not be necessary… The ICCF cannot do anything against it because CC players play at home, and it is impossible to prove that a player is using a Chess program. Does it finish CC off?.- I don’t think so. What has changed is the way we play Chess. And in some respect, I think the use of programs may improve the player’s level.So in CC no matter if you play normal Chess or “Fischerandom“. I’m pretty sure Chess will survive.It is a matter of adapting oneself to this new age.

A different matter, mainly affecting OTB Chess, is that of so many early -or “GM”- draws…


W.: P. Svidler  (1)

B.: G. Kasparov (0)

Tilburg 1997

1. e4  c5  2. Nf3  d6  3. c3  Nf6  4. Be2  Nbd7  5. d3  b6  6. 0-0  Bb7  7. Nbd2  g6  8. d4!  cd4  9. cd4  Ne4:  10. Ne4:  Be4:  11. Ng5  d5  12. Bb5!  Bg7  13. f3  Bf5  14. g4!  h6  15. gf5  hg5  16. fg6  a6  17. gf7  Kf7:  18. Ba4  Rh5  19. Be3  Nf6  20. Qd2!  Qd6  21. Rf2  Rah8  22. Rg2  Rb3  23. Rf1  R8h4  24. Bc2  Nh5  25. Bf5  Nf4  26. Bh3:  Nh3:  27. Kh1  Wf6  28. Rg3  Qf5  29. Bg5:  Ng5:  30. Rg5:  Qh3  31. Rg2   Bf6  32. Qd3!  Rd4!  33. Qg6  Ke6  34. Qe8  Rc4  35. Qd8  Qf5  36. Re1  Be5  37. Qb8  and Black resigned (For example: 37…, Rc6  38. Rg7  Qf3  39. Kg1 Qh5  40. Re7  Ke7  41.Re5  Qe5  42.Qe5)

W.:  G. Kasparov  (1)

B.:  S. Palatnik (0)

Daugavpils , 1978

(Did you know this wonderful knight fantasy by the young Gary?. A beautiful masterpiece)

1.- e4  Nf6  2. e5  Nd5  3.  d4  d6  4. Nf3  g6  5. Bc4  Nb6  6. Bb3  a5  7.  a4  Bg7  8. Ng5  e6  9.  f4  de5 10. fe5  c5  11.  0-0  0-0  12. c3  Nc6  13. Ne4  Nd7  14. Be3  Ne7  15. Bg5  cd4  16. cd4  h6  17. Bh4  g5  18.  Bf2  Ng6  19. Nbc3   Qe7  20. Bc2  b6  21. Be3  Ba6  22.Rf2  Nh8  23. Bg5: hg5  24. Qh5  f5  25.  Ng5:  Rf7  26. Bf5 :  Rf5:  27.  Rf5:  ef5  28. Nd5  Qe8  29. Qh7  Kf8  30. Qf5  Kg8  31. Qh7  Kf8  32. Ra3  Rc8  33. Rf3  Nf6  34. h3  Qg6  35.  Rf6:  Bf6:  36.  Ne6  Ke8  37. Nf6: and Black resigned. 


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July 5, 2012 at 7:07 am

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