- How fair are the 960 start positions with regard to the chances for both White and Black?
- Do the opening principles in traditional chess (SP518 RNBQKBNR) apply to the other 959 positions?
- Are there guidelines for developing the pieces that start from unfamiliar squares (e.g. other than c1/f1 for the Bishops)?
- How useful are computers in evaluating the different start positions?
- In the absence of compilations of standard variations, what does 'theory' mean?
The first point will remain open until someone discovers an example which is not fair to both players; to date, there are no known examples. The second point requres a survey of opening principles in traditional chess. I'll start that in the next post.