There is no doubt that Chess 960 is becoming more popular, and may even be seen at the 2009 Doeberl Cup. Under serious consideration is holding a Chess 960 event on the Saturday evening, in place of the Lightning. The same prize pool will be on offer (ie over $1000 like this year), and the intention is to alternate Chess 960 and Lightning from year to year. Hopefully the 'resistence to change' trait that afflicts many chess players will be overcome by the 'lets try something different' fever this time.
Under serious consideration? Chess 960? Never mind the fancy name. That's Fischerandom! Yes, the sort of chess where they shuffle the pieces around on their starting blocks so that you can pretty much throw your theory off the table. It's the kind of chess for those who can't be bothered to play correctly.
Honestly, I hope Mr Press and his co-organisers aren't serious. Why dump the lightning? I hope they remember that some folks even drive down to Canberra for the day just to play in a few good games of lightning. Because for these guys, it's the only time they have, for their own little Doeberl pilgrimage.
I played in a Fischer Random event once, earlier this year in the Aussie Champs I think, and that was enough. It's a curiosity. Nothing special. Not as much excitement as a crazy lightning event. We have to stop these guys.
But look, at day's end, I'm an open-minded sod. So tell me your preference: lightning or Chess 960? Look to the right and vote in the poll.