**Step 1: Dark square bishop**

The dice said '4' and so we put the bishop into the 4th dark square:

**Step 2: Light square bishop**

The dice said '1' and so we put the bishop into the 1st light square:

**Step 3: The Queen**

The dice said '6' and so we put the queen in the 6th available square:

**Step 4: The first knight:**

The dice said '3' and so we put a knight in the 3rd available square:

**Step 5: The second knight**

The dice said '5' but there are only four available squares. So we reject and roll again. This time the dice said '4' and so we put the knight into the 4th available square:

**Step 6: The rooks and the king**

We put the dice away because there are only three squares left. With those three squares you put the king in between two rooks:

**Step 7: Mirror the white position for black**

Done

Now if you are sitting in a cafe with a chessboard, a friend a dice and a mobile phone, you can even write down the SP by typing RBKNRNBQ into Google. Google says it is SP860. If you don't have an internet connection then calculate the SP in your head using Mark Weeks clever technique:

The hardest part about this little exercise, is that you need some money to pay for the espresso. OK I'm kidding. The hardest part is working out the SP in your head!

Here's how to do it courtesy of Mark's blog:

Answer: RKNRN

Answer: 8x96 = 768

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Answer: 12x1 = 12

Answer: SP = 768 + 80 + 12 = 860!

Cinch. Anyway, what a great way to find the SP by general principals c'mon admit it. Note that the tables can be derived logically and thus done in your head while you are at the cafe! Probably best to calculate it after the game or you will probably loose by confusion.

**Step 1: What are the sequence of K, R, N?**Answer: RKNRN

**Step 2: Find the KRN sequence in the table:****0**

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9**NNRKR**0001

**NRNKR**0962

**NRKNR**1923

**NRKRN**2884

**RNNKR**3845

**RNKNR**4806

**RNKRN**5767

**RKNNR**6728

**RKNRN**7689

**RKRNN**864Answer: 8x96 = 768

**Step 3: Find the position of the queen in the table:****0**

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5**Qxxxxx**001

**xQxxxx**162

**xxQxxx**323

**xxxQxx**484

**xxxxQx**645

**xxxxxQ**80**Answer: 5x16 = 80**

**Step 4: Find the position of the bishops in the table:**00

**B**B**xxxxxx**01

**Bxx**B**xxxx**02

**Bxxxx**B**xx**03

**Bxxxxxx**B04

**x**B**Bxxxxx**05

**xxB**B**xxxx**06

**xxBxx**B**xx**07

**xxBxxxx**B08

**x**B**xxBxxx**09

**xxx**B**Bxxx**10

**xxxxB**B**xx**11

**xxxxBxx**B12

**x**B**xxxxBx**13

**xxx**B**xxBx**14

**xxxxx**B**Bx**15

**xxxxxxB**BAnswer: 12x1 = 12

**Step 5: Add the answers**Answer: SP = 768 + 80 + 12 = 860!

Cinch. Anyway, what a great way to find the SP by general principals c'mon admit it. Note that the tables can be derived logically and thus done in your head while you are at the cafe! Probably best to calculate it after the game or you will probably loose by confusion.

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