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Letter #51 -  2011

Sub:    The London rules
12/14/11  3:51:12 PM EDT
From:  Herman

A few days ago I read a short biography about the life of Capablanca and there was a mention about a proposal by him for a new set of rules for world championships events.

This was known as "The London Rules" and no further information was published in the Chess magazine article on these rules.

Can you shed some light on this?

Thank you.
Herman Ortega

Dear visitor,

In 1922, Jose Capablanca proposed a new set of rules to be implemented in world championship matches and they were known as the 'London Rules".

These rules were signed by Akiba Rubinstein, Alexander Alekhine, Efim Bogoljubow, Saviely Tartakower, Milan Vidmar, Geza Maroczy, Richard Reti, and included the following:

1. The first player to win six games would win the match.
2. Playing sessions would be limited to 5 hours duration.
3. Time control would be 40 moves in 2.5 hours.
4. The champion must defend his title within one year of receiving a challenge.
5. The champion would decide the date of the match.
6. The purse would be at least $10,000.
7. The highest purse must be accepted.

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