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Thu, Nov 02


Latvian Community Center

Fischer Random Rumble!

A two-section, unrated Chess960 event of four 25+5 rounds, with cash prizes for each 1st and 2nd place.

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Fischer Random Rumble!
Fischer Random Rumble!

Time & Location

Nov 02, 2023, 6:15 PM – 10:30 PM

Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260, USA

About The Event

Indy Chess is hosting another Fischer Random Rumble!

The Fischer Random Rumble is a chess tournament in the Chess960 variant (also called Fischer Random Chess) developed by Bobby Fischer himself.  The pieces in the back row for both white and black will be randomized at the beginning of the game, erasing any opening preparation and letting the true masters of the positional and tactical knowledge show their talents!

Tournament details:

  • The event is unrated; it does not affect any USCF rating, and membership in USCF is not required to participate.
  • Arrive by 6:15pm; pre-registration and pre-payment online required.
  • Check-in is 6:00-6:15pm, player meeting at 6:15pm.
  • Games start at 6:30pm and rounds two, three, and four start as soon as possible following prior round.  Event should end about 10:30pm.
  • Each round allows a three-minute time to study the piece set up.  The piece set up (there are 960 possible variations) will be announced before each round, and will change each round.
  • The tournament will have two sections, evenly split by published USCF regular rating from Nov. 1.  If unrated, player will be placed in lower section unless a reasonable rating estimate can be made placing them in upper section (e.g., FIDE rating, rapid).  Players will be ranked and paired according to USCF regular ratings and USCF pairing rules.
  • The games are 25+5, with all clocks, boards, pieces, notation sheets, etc. provided.  Notation is required.
  • Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each of the two sections--50% of entry fees.  With 40 participants (the maximum), prizes will be 1st place approx. $100, 2nd place $70, 3rd place $30 for each section.  Trophies for 1st place in each section (determined by Chess960 Armageddon blitz playoff with sealed time bid).
  • Half point byes can be requested for first and last rounds only.  Last round byes must be requested prior to round three's start.
  • USCF rules will apply to all tournament games, except the variations allowed for Chess960 regarding piece set up and castling.
  • Learn more about Chess960 rules here:

Entry fee is $20 members/$25 non-members of Indy Chess by 11:59pm on 10/31.

$30 for all after 10/31, including at door.

Join Indy Chess as a member here to save on entry fee:

*This is different than USCF membership.  Indy Chess members get $5 discounts to Tuesday Weekly, Scholastic Sunday, summer camps, and adult workshops!

Questions? Email Mike at

We look forward to seeing you there!

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