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Taiwan Nationals 2013: part 4 -- making new rules

How does castling work when king and queen happen to be swapped since beginning of the game?

Here in Taiwan according to the local arbiters it works as: kingside castling resulting in a king on f8 and a rook on e8. And similarily a queenside castling ends up with king on b8 and rook on c8.

Of course, in the rest of the world the game would be restarted -- or possibly castling not being allowed for black.

The example above is a true example (from nationals 2012) -- for some reason the 'victim' of the ruling is not playing this year.

I think the example above is due to two factors:

  • The FIDE arbiters seminar only counting attendance, there is no exam that actually checks that attendees really learn anything. So you can just pay and get your certificate.
  • A local culture that forbids anyone (in power) to express weakness or ignorance. So better to give firm ruling in *some* way, than to lose face showing your ignorance.

The player who was disadvantaged by this knew (and argued for) the correct rules, but in vain.

Comments


  • 19 months ago

    Tapani

    Sorry if that was misleading. Nobody has implied this is the official Taiwan rule. Rather an example of a ruling, and my thoughts why such a ruling can happen in as big of an event as the National championship.

    Of course judges making mistakes happens everywhere, however in many other parts of the world, anyone arbiting a National event is competent to handle such standard situations.

    (Also, my impression is that this years arbiters are better, however some weird rulings have happened this year as well)

  • 19 months ago

    YWP7676

    Hello Tapani !

     

    I saw your article and I am just curious about the part 4 . When you said king and queen happen to be swapped in the beginning of the game.

    'Here in Taiwan according to the local arbiters it works as: kingside castling resulting in a king on f8 and a rook on e8. And similarily a queenside castling ends up with king on b8 and rook on c8.'

    May I ask where did you get this ? From a local arbiter ?

    Besides the victim of what happen is playing this year :)

     

    Best Regards Coach Joe

    Good luck in your games on semi finals

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