I'm looking for chess analogies to explain chess960: 'Chess is to chess960 as ... is to ...' Any suggestions? Chess960 Analogies
It was the right forum to ask. Eliminating a handful of examples that I threw in myself, some worthy suggestions were:-
- as black & white TV is to color TV
- as V2 is to V3
- as raw spaghetti is to cooked spaghetti
- as blind obedience is to self reliance
- as Nascar racing is to F1
- as F1 is to Nascar racing
Midway through the discussion, I realized that a better formulation might have been 'Chess openings are to chess960 openings as ... is to ...'. Thanks to the racing analogies another angle occurred to me while I was preparing this post.
Chess *castling* is to chess960 castling as an automatic transmission is to a stick shift.
Why? Because in traditional chess the choice of 'where' to castle is usually obvious (and often conventional) although 'when' is sometimes tricky. In many chess960 openings one of the hardest early decisions is where and when to castle.
Which of the analogies do I like best? I'm not sure, but the one I understand the least is about spaghetti.