No More Draws In Chess —FIDE

Chess has a long and distinguished history spanning millennia. 

While the rules have gradually evolved over the last 1500 years, the last major rule change extends past living memory, to approximately 1860, when the rules as outlined by Staunton became generally accepted, and all agreed that white moved first, stalemate was a draw, and pawns could capture en passant.
For more than 150 years, the rules of chess have served their purpose well, but today, top-level classical tournaments and matches have been increasingly dominated by draws, leaving viewers frustrated and feeling cheated of excitement.

This problem culminated in the 2018 World Chess Championship between GMs Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Carauana, where all 12 classical games were drawn.

To address the "draw problem" in classic chess, FIDE, the governing body of chess since 1924, has taken the radical step of prohibiting all draws. The new rules take immediate effect.

This surprising rule change has generated massive discussion on social media with strong proponents and opponents of the change voicing their thoughts.

The term "New Chess" and the associated hashtag, #newchess, have even risen to become the #1 trending topic on Twitter.
All regulations within the rules of chess that result in a draw have been replaced, all chess matches will now end with a guaranteed decisive result.

Players may no longer make draw offers or agree to draws. GM Jon Ludvig Hammer first conceived the idea of abolishing draw offers some time ago, but some grandmasters initially dismissed it.

The age-old rule, the stalemate will now be a win for the dominant player, the player who has deprived his opponent of all legal moves. 

Another drawing rule to be stricken from the rulebook is threefold repetition.

Under the new rules, if a move is repeated three times, the player who makes the third repetition will lose the game, they will be awarded the FIDE title, CM, “Cowardly Master,” indicating players who lacked the fortitude to play for a win at all costs.

The next rule on the chopping board was the 50-move rule which states that if no pieces have been captured and no pawn moves have been made for 50 moves, the game will end in a draw.

This limit has been cancelled, meaning that games can now last for an unlimited number of moves.

To ensure that games do not continue forever, a clause has been added asserting that after move 101, each player will take turns kicking each other in the shin once per move until a player pleads for “mercy” or falls out of their chair.

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