Backgammon is not chess
Posted By: Taper_Mike In Response To: An argument for touch move? (Bob Koca)
Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2013, at 1:21 a.m.
In Response To: An argument for touch move? (Bob Koca)
Backgammon is not chess.
This point was made strongly by many of the proponents of touch-move recently when it was suggested that delay timing should be eliminated from backgammon. While delay timing is not the same as touch-move, the same argument may apply to both.
- One difference between backgammon and chess is timing. With only 12 seconds (plus bank time) to roll your dice and then evaluate a move in backgammon, you are forced to touch something — anything — much sooner that in a standard chess match. I made this point in my preceding post.
- In chess, only one piece in moved in a turn. Visualizing the result is much easier than the circumstance in backgammon. In the latter, fully one-sixth of all plays entail moving four pieces, and the rest move two.
- Related to this is something Keene pointed out: “Sometimes the best way to play doubles is to play the first, then the second, then the third, and sometimes, you have to really look for the 4th one.”
As with delay timing, there are reasonable arguments against adopting the rules of chess.
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