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Chess with Extended Castle. Standard chess with extended castle rule, effectuating greater opening variance (with zrf).[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
💡📝M Winther wrote on 2009-07-10 UTC
Charles, I did not want to introduce radically new rules while the 'extended castle' is intended as an 'improvement' of Fide-chess. A 1-3 king jump,etc., would seem far over the top, to the general Fide-chess player. Many opening systems of today would become unusable. My proposal implies a modest change. Nevertheless, it may actualize many opening systems again, such as the King's gambit, the Closed Sicilian, The Jänisch gambit (Ruy Lopez), etc, etc. This idea could be it, as a remedy for the opening monotony in Fide-chess. It's quite possible that we have  not yet arrived at the ideal rules for Fide-chess. Maybe this is exactly what is missing, and possibly it could infuse new life into Fide-chess. I presented the idea at a German forum, and a few contributors were enthusiastic, but many were die-hard conservatives, of course.