Hull 2017 Round 3: Lonsdale vs. Lonsdale
David Lonsdale vs. Steve Lonsdale, Hull, 17th June 2017.
This match illustrates the significance of the closed castle rule: on a couple of occasions in the game, the rule forbidding any piece from landing on the central square denied the king what could have been a safe refuge.
A version of Tablut where the king only may return to the castle square is played on the site http://aagenielsen.dk/. In that version, 53% of non-drawn games are won by the attackers. If the closed castle rule increases that figure significantly, as this game would suggest, then a rule change could be argued for future tournaments.
1. E8-C8 G5-G2; 2. I4-G4 E3-G3; 3. H5-G5 E6-H6; 4. A6-G6xH6 G3-H3; 5. I5-H5 E7-H7; 6. E9-E7 H7-H6; 7. F1-F3 E5-E6; 8. C8-C6 E6-F6xG6; 9. G5-G6xH6 F6-E6; 10. G6-F6 D5-D6; 11. D1-D5xC5 E4-D4xD5; 12. A4-A3 E6-E4; 13. A3-D3 D4-B4; 14. E7-E6xD6 E4-C4; 15. E2-C2 B4-A4; 16. B5-B4 C4-E4; 17. D3-D4 G2-F2; 18. G4-F4xF5 resigned.