Saturday 6 May 2023


 "Can you kill the king?" is a question I often get asked at school competitions. I give a firm no, followed by a somewhat longer explanation involving the practice of holding kings for ransom in medieval times. But for today, and today only, I was tempted to suspend this rule for Street Chess. What stopped me wasn't the fear of being hauled off to Belmarsh, but the fact that it was a FIDE rated event, and to be valid, the FIDE rules needed to be followed correctly.

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