The table shows what I think are the main differences between chess and chess960. The first column describes the way chess is tackled by good players. The second columns describes how chess960 can be tackled. The two ways of playing are not incompatible. Chess will appeal to some players; chess960 will appeal to other players; both might appeal to certain players (like me).
|Number of SPs:||1 (SP518: RNBQKBNR)||960 (incl. SP518)|
|Opening Theory:||Under development since mid-19th century||Almost none|
|Home Preparation:||Develop an opening repertoire; study opponents' opening repertoires||Study generalities applying to families of positions|
|Software:||Large databases with 100s or 1000s of example games incorporating a specific, familiar opening position||Small databases with a few games for each SP|
|Initial moves:||Moves chosen according to repertoire, respecting chess logic as necessary||Moves chosen according to chess logic|
|Speed of play:||Play first moves quickly while position is familiar; play more slowly when end of repertoire reached||Consider the start position carefully before making the first move; play slowly starting with the first move|
|Psychology:||Choice of opening moves says something about player's style and objectives||Choice of moves says something about player's understanding of general chess principles|
|Middlegame:||Standard plans for the chosen opening often known and documented; frequently possible to discern which opening led to position||Often difficult to follow a standard plan or to discern which SP was used for game|
SP: Chess960 Start Position
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