There are several variants of this game, all are different from the now played and said traditional chess.
Some of them are played on different sized boards, some of them on non-quadratic boards, there are some variants which are played with different pieces, and of course always with different rules.
Actually the Fischer Random (Fischerandom, FR, FRC, Chess960, C960) variant is supported in the club.
Bobby Fischer (Robert J. Fischer) the earlier chess world champion worked out this variant in 1996.
It's played on the same board with the same pieces as the traditional chess, only the order of the pieces is different.
Pawns are localted on the 2nd and 7th rank, pieces on the base rank as well, but their order is different, random. It's not sure, that the rooks occupy the corners of the boards, it's possible that other pieces will take place their.
It's sure that both players have bishops on different colours, and the kings are located between the rooks (so they can castle). Ensuring the same chances black starts with the mirrored setup.
The learned opening rows, variations are less important here, because the pieces are on different squares, and there are 960 different initial setups.
Fans of the Fischer Random chess say, here creativity and talent is more important than memorization and analysis of opening moves.
If you believe or not it's up to you, the chance is given, you can play server based correspondence Fischer Random chess games in the E4EC.
The next pictures show all the 960 different initial positions of the FRC variant.
You can see the white pieces only, pawns don't change, and black has the mirrored setup.
Positions 0 - 79
Positions 80 - 159
Positions 160 - 239
Positions 240 - 319
Positions 320 - 399
Positions 400 - 479
Positions 480 - 559
Positions 560 - 639
Positions 640 - 719
Positions 720 - 799
Positions 800 - 879
Positions 880 - 959
There are many very good articles and rule translations on the web, you can start e.g. here if you want: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fischer_Random_Chess.
Nevertheless this chess variant is a widely accepted one. The first world champion is the Hungarian Peter Leko from 2001.
You can see the original rules also, here:
Additionally there is a separate forum devoted to this variant: http://www.e4ec.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=12
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