No-Castling Chess – Vladimir Kramnik suggests an exciting variant!

At top level tournaments we often see a very high drawing percentage. The amount of theory that has developed in chess is huge. According to many of the experts and top players, the opening theory is taking away the fun and creativity in chess. In order to combat this, 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik has come up with an a very interesting suggestion – the No-Castling chess!

Everything, just about every rule in chess remains the same. The only change being, that the players cannot castle! How does this change things? In this video interview with Vladimir Kramnik, Sagar Shah discusses the new variant of chess. Kramnik tells about the journey of what led him to accepting no-castling chess as a viable variant, which can be tried at different tournaments. They also look at a game in the video which has some amazing variations! Kramnik is definitely impressed, and we are sure you will love it as well.

Video: Sagar Shah

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  1. No castling chess is a great idea, draws are boring

  2. This isn't new concept.Indian chess(Chaduranga) is also played without castling.Remember how Sulthan khan played chess?

  3. I think no castle is just too extreme. I think in draws black should get 0.5 but white should get 0.25 this whould make the games more intresting and more sharp.

  4. Bobby fischer was right. These openings have degraded chess games and the essence has list somewhere

  5. I saw AlphaZero vs AlphaZero on Agadmator….that is crazy

  6. I'm hearing sound only through one side of my headphone.

  7. The move h3 would start making more sense, because players would start going for Ke2, Re1,Kf1-g1 manuevers to artificially castle

    I don’t know how this helps the game though.

    Players would play with closed centre to enable this manuever, mostly d3-e4…..with a closed centre, won’t this make the game more positional and boring?

  8. This is nothing new, Many people have been playing no castling chess(shatranj) for years in Islamic golden age in Spain. It was the original rules, they would not castle and still maintain a great game
    These were the rules noted
    ● The board was not yet checkered.

    ● Stalemating the opposing King resulted in a win for the player deliver-

    ing stalemate. (In modern chess, stalemate results in a draw.)

    ● Capturing all of the opponent’s pieces except the King also counted as

    a win, provided that one’s own King could not be left alone on the

    very next move.

    ● There was no castling option (wherein the King essentially changes

    places with one of his Rooks

  9. Another interesting idea: "stalemating = 0.75 points"

    The perfect mathematical equilibrium of 0.5-0.5 is apparent in K vs K, treefold repetition or the 50-moves-rule, but certainly not for example KNN vs K. Taking away all options from your opponent leads (or is associated) to victory in almost every strategy game. When you think about it, mate and stalemate are quite similar: in both cases the king perishes on the next move!

  10. See; firstly most of us play Chess for fun. More than 99 percent of the Chess sport enthusiasts around the world have also some other professions as their part of life and routine. Most of these people have also painstakingly collected a lot of unique books, discs, apps, databases…etc; which belong to theory with CASTLING ALLOWED …!!!

    Now; suddenly if anyone walks towards these guys and tells them ; see from today onwards you can't CASTLE ..means ; till today whatever Chess studies these guys have done becomes redundant and wasted..!! (???)

    And ; as far as high level Chess goes ; if draws are boring for them means let them find some other way. Itz their problem. They can choose to play more rapid under 30 min each games; they can even play sudden time exhaust (sudden death) games, Blitz…etc ; to decide winners. This is the problem of only those less than one percent category higher elite players.. why change the entire game dynamics for the other side where millions and milliins of club players have/had happily embraced the CASTLING ALLOWED format since decades or centuries and are enjoying Chess on various online platforms, their Chess book collections, Sunday clubs…etc ?

    We have already taken the game of Chess to that point ; where suggesting anything like this is like re-inventing the shape of the wheel..!

    So, I would like to conclude that ; this is not necessary ; and as far as Castling is concerned ; the rules of Castling are already very beautiful ; like ; the King/Rook should not have moved, the crossing square should not be attacked by any of the enemy pieces…etc.

    So, we have already learnt Chess painstakingly all these years ; now itz time to play it whenever we have an opportunity ; not think of changing its fundamentals.

    Thank You

  11. That's good if you want to have sharp complicated fight starting from move 1. But, what if you want to play calm positional game, maneuvring, different plans contradiction? Quietly, with no massacre. It also can be amazing, just different taste. Like Vladimir himself did it plenty of times. Does this new no-castle-chess rules modification provides such opportunity? I have some doubt on it, judging but what we have just saw.

    Or we need 30-40 years to develop necessary theory for such no-castle-chess game manner 🙂

  12. why not just switch k and q around no more theory no loss of harmony try it

  13. Can someone explain to me how no castling would result in more draws?

  14. It's a dumb idea. It's like saying: use every piece but not the bishops. Castling is a part of chess and it's fine.

  15. This makes it more like Chinese Chess where the Mandarin can't run away. Cool. I can just hear the Chinese Chess aficionados going "Told Ya So". 🙂

    Personally I like the 5 options in Chess960 (long side, short side, early, late or not at all) as it takes the castling part of the game out of the "rote" category.

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