Chess960 hasn't been around long enough to speak of myths, so it would perhaps be better to use the word 'misconceptions', but I like my titles short. The following list isn't really in any particular order, although the first few statements are probably more frequent than the last few. I'm not going to embellish the list with explanations. I've already discussed most of the items in posts that can be found via my blog category Posts with label Pros and Cons. One aspect they all have in common is that they are invariably repeated by chess players who know little if anything about chess960. So here they are, my 'Top 10 Myths About Chess960':-
- It isn't real chess
- It's a variant of traditional chess
- It wasn't invented by Fischer
- The rules for castling are complicated
- You need special equipment to choose the start position
- Some start positions are forced wins for White
- It's only for very strong chess players
- It erases the stronger player's natural advantage
- Some start positions are too bizarre or illogical for serious play
- It's mainly for people who are too lazy to work on traditional chess openings
- It will kill the chess publishing industry
- It won't help you play traditional chess
Yes, I can count and I realize that the list has more than ten items. I could have easily added a few more, e.g. about the name or the numbering system, and I'll probably think of a few others after I post this. Let's just call this a first cut that gives me an anchor for further discussions. One more item I will add immediately was prompted by HarryO's second comment to Steering into an Iceberg:-
- It will never catch on
Although it's too early to pass judgement on that last one, I am confident that it will one day -- very soon -- prove to be the biggest chess960 myth of them all.
Another myth that arises frequently -- chess960 is designed to address the problem of short draws.
To repeat what I wrote in Recent Comments, 'Fischer's greatest invention is not a panacea for all the ills that beset traditional chess. It is, in a word, about excessive *memorization* which has been exaggerated by computer preparation.'