Sunday, 7 February 2021

No castle white

 Recently there have been attempts at making (computer) chess more interesting, by tinkering with the rules. 'no castle' chess is one such attempt, where player cannot castle. The upside is the the king stays in the centre for longer, the downside is that rooks take longer to develop,

The game may work better in a handicap format, where only one player cannot castle. But based on this game from last night Opera Euro Masters, this may be much of a handicap either. (Note: I assume that Grischuk's 4th move was a mouse slip, and not a serious attempt at giving Giri a head start)

Grischuk,Alexander (2777) - Giri,Anish (2764) [C65]
Opera Euro Rapid Prelim INT (1.8), 06.02.2021


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