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18th May '18 1:19:03 AM SEEtheLunatic
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**** You could redraft the rules so that it's considered a "both a King move and a Rook move", but then you'd have to complicate the touch-move rule to specify that in castling you have to touch the king first to keep play working the same way. So why bother? (Ancestrally, castling comes from older forms of chess where the king was allowed to make various forms of leap as its first move, and the most common approach was moving the rook on one move and leaping the king on the next. Castling consolidated the two moves to speed up the game, and offset that with reduction in flexibility as to where you could move the king.)
15th May '18 5:20:19 AM momur
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** In the ColorCodedForYourConvenience Royal Albert Hall concert, he wore a dark blue suit with a dark purple shirt and white gloves (so basically making him not really affiliated with either side). Most productions this troper has seen which uses colour-coding had him dressed in blue (again, to mark him as separate from everyone else).
18th Feb '18 10:07:19 PM DearBenPlatt
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**** The Kennedy Center Production gives Freddy an AmbiguousDisorder that is meant to explain his self centeredness and paranoia. We see him taking medication to help him with this, and we hear his internal monologue where he berates his hot temper.
9th Aug '17 7:56:38 AM CaptainPedant
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*** It's not particularly frequent. The most frequent result in master level is resignation, at junior level it is checkmate (because juniors can't see six moves in advance). What makes the stalemate rule an improvement is that [[WeHaveReserves attrition]] isn't a sure path to victory the way it is in checkers. Attrition is useful but no matter how far ground down a player, the superior player still has to watch. It also makes for counterintuitive nuances. For instance, it is common to promote to rook rather then queen, simply to make sure the opponent's king will have more places to run to until you are finally ready.

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*** It's not particularly frequent. The most frequent result in master level is resignation, at junior level it is checkmate (because juniors can't see six moves in advance). What makes the stalemate rule an improvement is that [[WeHaveReserves attrition]] isn't a sure path to victory the way it is in checkers. Attrition is useful but no matter how far ground down a player, the superior player still has to watch. It also makes for counterintuitive nuances. For instance, it is common to promote to rook rather then queen, simply to make sure the opponent's king will have more places to run to until you are finally ready. ("Common" at the social level, maybe. Any competitive player would promote to Queen except in the vanishingly rare case that (i) doing so would ''necessarily'' stalemate and (ii) not promoting at all would be worse.)
29th Apr '16 2:37:56 AM kazokuhouou
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* A question out of curiosity: Regarding the ColorCodedForYourConvenience entry, what color did the Arbiter wear?
16th Dec '15 7:57:47 PM nombretomado
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*** Even {{Mafalda}} [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MeK0jFXbWMg/SglMTe3ZtHI/AAAAAAAAAEY/-y5vLAvRXiw/s1600-h/mafalda+ajedrez+comunismo.gif realized]] it.

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*** Even {{Mafalda}} ComicStrip/{{Mafalda}} [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MeK0jFXbWMg/SglMTe3ZtHI/AAAAAAAAAEY/-y5vLAvRXiw/s1600-h/mafalda+ajedrez+comunismo.gif realized]] it.
14th Dec '15 2:32:37 PM WeirdBeard
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*** Well, the castling rule just works that way. And moving the rook first could be be seen like you're gauging your opponent's reaction without committing yourself, similar how you can't attach a raise after you've called in poker.
19th Nov '15 9:56:36 PM EsotericArcane
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****pawns originally moved only one square. All other pieces that can move multiple squares can still do it. To speed up the game pawns were allowed to move two on their first move. This allowed for pawns to bypass being attacked, to correct it, en passant was created. If you don't understand en passant, use the rule that pawns can only move one square at all times. It will make sense why it exists. Specially if you need to use it to clear out pawns.
24th Sep '14 7:01:56 PM mlsmithca
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**** Even {{Mafalda}} [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MeK0jFXbWMg/SglMTe3ZtHI/AAAAAAAAAEY/-y5vLAvRXiw/s1600-h/mafalda+ajedrez+comunismo.gif realized]] it.

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**** *** Even {{Mafalda}} [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_MeK0jFXbWMg/SglMTe3ZtHI/AAAAAAAAAEY/-y5vLAvRXiw/s1600-h/mafalda+ajedrez+comunismo.gif realized]] it.



*** Seconded. Anatoly suggests this to Florence in the ConceptAlbum during ''Quartet'' and she reacts defensively. Also, in the documentary that was made about the album while it was being recorded in Stockholm, TimRice seems to suggest that the relationship between Florence and Freddie was much more business-like than the form it's taken on in the various stage adaptations, so it doesn't seem too far-fetched to suggest that the initial plan was for Florence to be Freddie's [[TheBeard beard]]. If you take the view that his actions in the show are the result of Internalised Homophobia, it could be a nod to Bobby Fischer's notorious reputation for anti-Semitism despite his own Jewish background.

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*** Seconded. ** Anatoly suggests this to Florence in the ConceptAlbum during ''Quartet'' and she reacts defensively. Also, in the documentary that was made about the album while it was being recorded in Stockholm, TimRice Creator/TimRice seems to suggest that the relationship between Florence and Freddie was much more business-like than the form it's taken on in the various stage adaptations, so it doesn't seem too far-fetched to suggest that the initial plan was for Florence to be Freddie's [[TheBeard beard]]. If you take the view that his actions in the show are the result of Internalised Homophobia, it could be a nod to Bobby Fischer's notorious reputation for anti-Semitism despite his own Jewish background.

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15th Aug '14 7:29:25 PM SenseiLeRoof
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**** Wait, that just makes it worse. Now casting is made of ''two illegal moves'': moving the king ''two spaces'', and moving the rook ''through an occupied space!''
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