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Clock rule 5.1.

Posted By: Steve Mellen
Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2013, at 9:35 p.m.

In Response To: Clock rule 5.1. (Tom Keith)

If you run the clock while a player is thinking about whether to accept the resignation, you incentivize the player to simply reject out of hand in order to avoid having his clock run. There is no downside to rejecting, after all, since if the position is really gin the director will come over and say so.

I don't think I agree that resigning is "part of the game." It is a way to speed up the match; it is not intended to be a strategy decision for either player. Most players, although not all I guess, consider it to be taking a shot to resign a single game in a position where a gammon is still possible.

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