Standardizing match score notation
Posted By: Nack Ballard In Response To: Standardizing match score notation (Jason Lee)
Date: Tuesday, 4 May 2010, at 1:55 a.m.
In Response To: Standardizing match score notation (Jason Lee)
I've used both -5-7 and 5a7a. Currently, like Stick, I prefer -5-7 for readability (the minus sign frees up the maximum space to see the numbers), though either seems fine.
Typically, for Crawford and post-Crawford scores, I have written -1-2c, and -1-2p (or -1-2pC), but I like your idea better of replacing the -1 with c or p rather than adding the c or p. So, -1-2c becomes c-2, and -1-2p becomes simply p-2. Likewise, -2-1c becomes -2c, and -2-1p becomes -2p. I have a slight preference not to capitalize the letter, again so as to leave the number/score as legible as possible.
With "c" or "p" inserted, it provides additional support, I think, for using the minus sign rather than the "a" for number of points left to go. That way, letters have only one purpose: to toggle the pre/post Crawford status. Or people can try it both ways (- or a) and see which catches on.
Incorporating the cube is a nice touch as well. The square brackets have the advantage of forming a box around the cube; i.e., "." OTOH, it saves writing/typing a character to use a single slash; i.e., "/2." Hence -5-7 with an unturned cube, 2/-5-7 if the leader owns the cube, or -5-7/2 if the trailer owns the cube. That seems clear enough to me without the brackets.
After the cube is turned in your example 1-away 3-away post-Crawford, the score becomes 2/c-3.
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