On the server you have the ability to give material odds (different pieces)
for a game. Odds games are unrated by default; they are not rated. Odds
games are nonstandard (marked as 'n' in 'games' and 'history' listings).
Currently, time odds is currently not supported on FICS.
For most games, you and your opponent have the same pieces for a chess
game. But you can play a game with different pieces if you want. Use the
match command to select a particular starting position and player on move.
match carlsbad odds rook-and-move
would challenge "carlsbad" to a match where you would give him material odds
of a rook as well as it being his move. No time controls can be given; by
default, the game will be nonstandard with time controls of 0 0.
For a list of odds starting positions, type "boards odds". Currently,
there are four possible odds: pawn, rook, knight and queen. For pawn odds,
the King Bishop Pawn (such as white's f2 pawn) is removed. For knight odds,
the Queen Knight (such as white's b1 knight) is removed. For rook odds, the
Queen Knight (such as white's a1 rook) is removed. For queen odds, the
Queen is removed. The designation "-and-move" means that your opponent will
be White and will start the game; otherwise, you will be White. Note: you
are offering to have fewer pieces; your opponent would have a full set of
See Also: boards clocks match ratings seek
[Last modified: January 05, 2000 -- afw]