From 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
£160 for 1st, £80 for 2nd, and £40 for 3rd
Swiss pairings over 6 rounds. 25 minutes per player for each game, with a 5 second increment per move. Standard MSO tie-breaks apply.
Chess960 (or Fischer Random Chess) is a variant of chess invented and advocated by former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer, publicly announced on June 19, 1996 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It employs the same board and pieces as standard chess; however, the starting position of the pieces on the players’ home ranks is randomised. The random setup renders the prospect of obtaining an advantage through the memorisation of opening lines impracticable, compelling players to rely on their talent and creativity.
Randomising the main pieces had long been known as Shuffle Chess; however, Chess960 introduces restrictions on the randomisation, “preserving the dynamic nature of the game by retaining bishops of opposite colours for each player and the right to castle for both sides”, resulting in 960 unique starting positions.
First illegal move is an extra two minutes for the opponent. Second illegal move loses.