Originally posted by lefeu
How do sieges work? Do all games begin in standard position? What is black defending, his king? How is it different from any other game? Do results count toward player ratings? Why are there no help topics on sieges? Why do my whites come out dingy in the wash? Does anyone know the way to San Jose? Why hasn't anyone answered yet?!? Is anyone listening to me!!?! .... OK, I'm better now. Seriously though, what's the deal with sieges?
Black always challenges the player holding the board. White holds the board with a win, but with a draw or better black seizes the board (and becomes the white pieces in the next game.) The term siege means players line up as challengers to try and take control of the board. It's not a real siege. The challengers don't deny their opponent food and water, or prevent them leaving their house.
The games are just like any other chess game.
Yes, results count towards ratings.
I don't know why there aren't any help sections.
Try a higher temperature.
Try a google map search for directions.
I am listening to you.
The deal with seiges is as per my text above.