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Dear Howard‎‎

1. Can there be uncomfortable feeling for chess players including
Chess Grandmasters if Chess Boards are designed with different contrasting colors instead of traditional/conventional Black and
White Squares ?.

2. Can there be more impact in Rapid Chess Games ?. (Chess Moves to be made quickly by both players in less time).

For examples: Red and Green, Red and Blue, Blue and Yellow.

The Chess rules will remain the same.  

Example : Red and Green chess board.

Red has replaced white square and Green has replace the Black square.
32 red squares replacing the white squares.
32 green squares replacing the black squares.
Red will make the first move.

There will be 16 red pieces and 16 green pieces.

The placement of the chess pieces on the chess board will be exactly the same i.e. Red and Green Pieces.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Sorry for the delay, but I couldn't get my password and had to request it from the website...

At any rate, I'm no expert regarding tournament regulations concerning what type of boards
(and pieces) are permissible, but from what I've heard/seen, the two colors on the
board need to be conventional-type colors with minimal glare.

White, ivory, dark green, navy blue, maroon (but not cherry red I suspect), and dark

brown appear to be the most common.

The problem with cherry red is that that color would probably be too distracting.  But then I do have a maroon board at home......but then maroon is my favorite color !

As far as the red-and-green combination, I very strongly suspect that would NOT be permissible by most players.  The reason is that of the two colors, one of them needs to be a light-type color----such as white or ivory.  Red and green are both darkish colors----hardly anyone would go along with that combination !

As for rapid games, that probably would not make much difference as far as red-and-green....the vast majority of players would still NOT go along with it.

Hope this helps...



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