Fischer Random Chess Email Club
Starting Position ID: 451
FRCEC was inaugurated on
Welcome to FRCEC!!!
The Email/Correspondence Chess Club for FRC/Chess960!
FRC/Chess960 is a great game, and can become the standard of chess!
Orthodox Chess will simply be an ancient variation of FRC/Chess960!
“I don’t play chess anymore, I play Fischer Random. It is a much better game, more challenge. Chess is a dead game, it is played out. Fischer Random is a version of chess that I developed or invented, you could say, where you shuffle the back row of the pieces, not the pawns. Each side has an identical shuffle, so that everything is symmetrical, just like in the old chess. There are just a couple of rules: one rook has to be to the left of the king, one has to be to the right of the king, one bishop has to be on a light-colored square, and one on a dark-colored square. That’s basically it. You can learn the rules in two minutes. It’s a great game, and can become the standard of chess.”
“And current chess will simply be an ancient variation of Chess960!”
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Welcome to FRCEC!
This is a new internet club for chess players who share Bobby Fischer's goal:
To increase worldwide awareness of Fischerandom Chess (FRC), also called Chess960, by uniting the FRC internet community, allowing chess players around the world to meet, and by arranging friendly matches and tournaments, through one of the several chess servers in the net that support FRC/Chess960.
Our club has members from around the world, currently including:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Basque Region, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, U.S.A., Vietnam & Wales
FRCEC Castling **Important**
Castling is the only chess rule (other than the initial setup) that had to be modified from Orthodox Chess.
Refer to our page on FRC/Chess960 rules for Castling
FRCEC Chess Terms Glossary
We are compiling a list of Chess terms, and making a Glossary, with examples from our FRCEC completed games library. This project is a work in progress, and a living document.
Visit our FRCEC Glossary page at:
Universal Correspondence FRC rating
FRCEC members keep an universal correspondence FRC/Chess960 ELO rating that is updated whenever they play a FRC/Chess960 game regardless of the method they use to play their games (see different interface options below).
Becoming a Member
You will receive an FRCEC initial 1500 ELO rating when you join our club.
or send an email to:
FRCEC offers individual 1-game and 2-game matches, Trio and Quad mini-tournaments, as well as KnockOut and Dropout format tournaments.
Annually, Fischer Cup and Gligoric Cup
tournaments are run to commemorate FRCEC’s
Visit our FRCEC Events page for more details:
Playing FRCEC games
You can play your games the E4 Emailchess Club chess server, or by using any graphical interface of your choice, including Chess Variants (Game Courier), SchemingMind or Brain King, as long as it's agreed by both players.
Regardless of how you play your games, to have them rated and posted in our FRC/Chess960 finished games library, you must submit your games in English Short Algebraic PGN format to:
Chess email servers that support FRC/Chess960:
Currently the following graphical interfaces support FRC/Chess960:
FRCEC Finished Games/Matches
The winner, or White in a draw, must submit the game score and moves in Short Algebraic English PGN notation to the address below:
Please let us know of any other FRC.Chess960 chess servers or graphical interfaces you might know of!
We are always interested in promoting FRC/Chess960 in new chess sites.
Send your feedback about our club by emailing us at:
FRCEC Guest Book
Sites that Support FRC/Chess960 on the net:
Other sites with FRC/Chess960 support:
Damesjava **Site Currently Down**
Other Chess sites considering FRC/Chess960 support in a near future:
FRCEC website links:
FRCEC Finished Games Library (Java)
FRCEC Finished Games Library (Text)
Other FRC/Chess960 Links:
Chess-960.org (in German)
Chess Tigers – Chess960 (in German)
(PDF in German)
(PDF in English)
Links on Chess Strategy
Chess supplies on the net:
Books of interest to FRC/Chess960 aficionados:
Other Chess Clubs/Organizations:
Other Chess Links:
Fischer Random Chess
Echecs Aleatoires de Fischer
Ajedrez Aleatorio de Fischer