Bacon Random Chess

“TCEC to organize a Fischer Random Chess computer tournament,” reads the headline on the Chessdom website ( The official announcement says, “TCEC have decided to run a Special Event – Fischer Random Chess (FRC) tournament with the 8 best engines (supporting FRC) from the season that just ended.
In Fischer Random Chess (Chess960) the pieces at the starting position are placed randomly in one of the 960 possible ways. In this particular competition opening books won’t be used. The engines will play from move 1.
The tournament will start on 26th June, 2014 at 20:00 CET in a quad robin format with a total of 112 games. The results here will not affect the TCEC rating list.”
I am all for the “engines” playing “from move 1.” I cannot understand why humans make the programs start the game with an opening position previously played by human players. The programs are frequently forced, by humans, to make what the engine considers to be inferior moves.
I am against “Fischer Random” chess. To play “FR” chess a computer, or some kind of random position generator is required. I propose a kind of random chess in which a human dictates events from the get-go. The starting position sees only the pawns on the board. White moves first, placing any of his eight pieces on any of the back-rank squares. Black then has the next two moves. After that the players alternate placing the pieces until all are placed. This is called “Bacon Random Chess.” Your move!