Originally posted by GambitAccepted
Let's say you did it with progressive quads or a knockout system...then each quad/pair could have the same positions with black and white...but each group would have a different position, and when you advanced a new one would be determined randomly.
That's a lot of work if anyone has to do it manually. I would volunteer but then I'd want to play to ...[text shortened]... rical on each side, not necessarily the one to provide an arbitrary abstract castling rule).
Providing the setups is easy enough even if it's one per group. However, each group would have to set up their own set piece games using that position. Anyone with Firefox, Greasemonkey and ouroboros's Set Piece script (available from http://members.shaw.ca/ouroboros/RHP/) can set them up very easily (I'd provide the FEN notations).
What does need to be decided is whether we wish to play FR or Shuffle Chess. FR has a smaller number of starting positions (king must be between the rooks) and odd castling rules which would be a nightmare to implement (basically you would tell your opponent you were castling and they would move a piece back and forward while you did so). Shuffle Chess does not have castling (some variants do and set the king and rooks in their standard positions to facilitate this, others have rules about bishop balancing).
Shuffle Chess (with mirrored positions and always opposite squared bishops) seems like the best bet. There are 2880 possible starting positions in this variant.
I'd suggest a dual style tournament as otherwise the number of set pieces needed to be set up may prove a hindrance.
So without further ado I'll open the tournament for entries. I'm thinking of 3/7 as a time limit but if there is a majority favouring another I'm flexible.
I'll also field questions from anyone who is unsure of something.
NOTE: I will not be entering (as there could be accusations of unfairly selecting starting positions).