Originally posted by Habeascorp
We are clear on the rule and agree the area is not grey.
Nevertheless, when the great and good sat down and decreed that a pawn move would reset the clock, why did they decide that was the case? 50 moves without any sort of capture may have been rare enough to decree a draw even without the reference to a pawn move. Did they consider castling for resetting the clock and reject it?
The rule feels illogical by excluding castling.
it's perfectly logical if you just throw that unrelated notion of repetition out of the window.
the rule was deviced to stop people from playing on indefinitely until their opponent resigns. 50-move rule is about giving an upper limit for stalling. castling in the endgame isn't really doing anything. 99 times out 100 it's inferior to simply centralizing the king. it's not making progress.