Bring Back Free Castling!

Tin-Cup

There's a really interesting article on chesscafe.com titled Bring Back Free Castling! that's in the archives section for The Kibitzer column which is written by Tim Harding. It argues that modern castling rules should be changed back to the old "free castling" rules. Free castling means that when one castles, the king & the rook can end up on various squares, e.g. the rook on e1 and the king on h1 for White in kingside castling, or the king could go to a1 (or b1, c1 etc, etc) & the Rook could go to e1 (or d1 or b1 etc) for queenside castling, these are just a few of the many permutations. Basically put, as long as the White king (for example) moves to the right of the rook for kingside castling, or to the left of the rook for queenside castling & the king and rook do not pass beyond their respective starting squares (e1 and h1 & e1 and a1) during this maneuver the move would be considered legal and playable. All other castling rules would still apply e.g. not castling through, into or out of a check and so forth. Once you've read the article you'll get a better idea of this very interesting rule. Harding argues that this rule would make chess even more interesting and would add more dynamism & strategy without radically altering the character of the game or board like so many chess variants do. (bughouse chess, progressive chess, 3-D chess, loser's/suicide/giveaway chess, Fischer random/chess360 etc) And just to reiterate, free castling was the standard way of castling before the modern rules were introduced & the old Italian rules were let go, so changing the rules is not as radical as some would think. Check out the article and post your thoughts! Here's the link to the article on free castling. 

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kibitz31.txt

RetiFan

Soo, this could be possible?


Tin-Cup

yes!

Tin-Cup

pretty cool huh!

RetiFan

How would we notate it?

Tin-Cup

If for anything, it's something interesting to think about.

dchurchill

Looks interesting.  Would probably destroy modern opening theory.

Tin-Cup

Kf1-Re1

RetiFan

What about 0> 0-0> and 0-0-0> for kingside and <0 <0-0 <0-0-0 <0-0-0-0 for queenside?

dchurchill

Would be popular among bad players to castle in the center of the board.

TheGrobe

Kindside:
--00
0--0 
00--

Queenside:
000--
00--0 
0--00 
--000

dchurchill

Looks like an abacus.

RetiFan
dchurchill wrote:

Looks like an abacus.

lol

polydiatonic

It kind of makes sense. To wit: if the monarch runs into the castle why should we know beforehand which "room" (square) he will hide in?

johnyoudell

The old men often have wisdom lost to us.  So my question would be, why did they change the rule?

Master_Kann

I think its a lot less chaotic this way.

Scottrf

The best rule change idea I've ever seen.

But that's not saying I necessarily think it's a good idea.

1RedKnight99

Looks like a good idea. Might lead to more surprising games.

Bipolareskimo

Agreed, great idea

Khushbu_Rani

this would be too confusing