Interested in playing a
Fischer Random game with your friends? Here's a simple
method where you can create a random opening position
with the help of a single die. The pawns go on their original squares. The pieces will be placed randomly on the back rank, subject to the rules of Fischer Random chess. (The bishops must be on opposite colors and the King must be between the two Rooks.) For each of the first five steps below, simply roll the die and act accordingly to place the white pieces. After placing White's pieces, Black's pieces are simply a mirror image. |
Step #1 If you roll
a 1 place a bishop on a1. (If you roll a 5 or a 6, roll again.) |
Step #2 If you roll
a 1 place a bishop on b1. (If you roll a 5 or a 6, roll again.) |
Step #3 Place the Queen on the empty square of the number that you roll. For example, if you roll a 1, place a Queen on the first empty square. If you roll a 3, place the Queen on the third empty square. |
Step #4 Place a knight on the empty square of the number that you roll. Again, for example, if you roll a 2, place a knight on the second empty square. (If you roll a 6, roll again.) |
Step #5 Repeat Step #4 for the other knight. (If you roll a 5 or a 6, roll again.) |
Step #6 Finally, place the King in-between the two rooks. |
This simple procedure creates any
of the possible 960 opening setups with equal probability! |