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Anthony Miles vs Lev Polugaevsky
Tilburg Interpolis (1985), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Sep-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0



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  wordfunph: Miles - Polugaevsky

after 19.Raf1

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GM Miles called the attention GM Polugaevsky for wrong castling by placing the rook on d8 first followed by king on c8.

according to the book Startling Castling by Robert Timmer, <whereupon a surly Polugaevsky muttered something unintelligible>.

but the game went on as nothing happened :)

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  Tabanus: This round 6 game, scheduled for September 3, was postponed and played on September 7, due to Miles' back trouble.
Feb-19-18  QueensideCastler: 19...0-0-0h!? Or to be more precise 19.0-0-0, but moving the rook _ first! I was rather taken aback that Polu should have forgotten that under the current state of the rules this is illegal, and in theory l could insist on a rook move being played. Mainly out of surprise I said in a purely joking way ’You know you’re not supposed to do that these days’. Polu grunted something in an angry voice. Again I was a little shocked. In a misguided attempt to lighten the atmosphere I turned to the only other person in the room, the runner transporting moves to the press room. ’Did you see that?’ I enquired, knowing full well that he was much too far from the board to have seen anything. He shook his head. At this moment the arbiter Geurt Gijssen re-entered the room. Realising that something had happened he“ looked enquiringly at. me. ’What are the castling rules these days, Geurt?’ I asked. He looked quizzical. He moved his rook first’ I explained. ’Well, if he denies it there’s nothing you can do.’ I know’ You just wanted to make the point that the rule is stupid?’ Yes’, and the game continued. I took the whole incident as a complete joke. To me the above conversation did not, and still does not, sound in the least bit serious. Only much later, after many articles had been written about my disgraceful breach of etiquette did I consult first Polu and then Geurt to discover that they had both taken my complaint seriously. In my defence I can only point out that

A) Polu was never even asked to deny that he moved his rook first and

B) at no time did I make any request that he should play a rook move instead of castling.

The press had a field day. 1 subsequently both explained and apologised to Polu, for any disturbance I might have caused him. As a purely separate thought on the stupidity of the current rule consider the following hypothetical case: White can castle, but both the f- and h-files are open. White playes Rf1, suddenly realises he has missed a much stronger move and quickly moves his king to g1 . As the rule stands his opponent or, as happened in a recent Soviet event, the arbiter can insist on a rook move. White calmly plays the winning Rh1-h8. Surely if castling has been completed, then the rook move too has been and the move must be Rf1 -the piece has been released after all (in the Soviet game Rg1 was played). Anyway, back at the ranch..

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