Castling in Chess: Let's Touch the King First, Fide Requests USCF
Those present: Stewart Reuben (ENG) chaired the meeting demonstrating castling in the photo. Clockwise from him: Bill Goichberg, Tony Rich, Walter Brown, Franc Guadalupe, Carol Jarecki. Carol (BVI) resides in the US as do the other four USCF officials.
The meeting was organised by FIDE to discuss the differences between the FIDE Laws and the USCF Rules. The hope is that these differences can be eliminated in time for the new Laws to be agreed in Turkey to take effect from 1 July 2013. Naturally the differences are nearly all in the Competition Rules, not the Basic Rules of Play. To give an idea, in the US it is permitted, but discouraged, to castle first touching the rook. The FIDE Law specifically requires the king to be touched first. Many of the differences are for philosphical reasons. Many US events have BYO (bring your own) equipment. This is virtually unknown elsewhere in tournaments. The US believes in much less close supervision by the arbiters. The meeting was very cooperative and productive. Originally Geurt Gijssen, chairman of the Rules and Tournament Regulations Commission, was to have chaired the meeting. But ill-health prevented him from travelling.
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