Limits on checker shuffling?
Posted By: Tom Keith In Response To: Limits on checker shuffling? (Chuck Bower)
Date: Thursday, 20 June 2013, at 5:53 p.m.
In Response To: Limits on checker shuffling? (Chuck Bower)
My suggestion would be to leave opponent's blot on the board while you think. Place your own checker on the same point. Then, when you decide to commit your play, place his blot on the bar as part of the tidying-up process.
The only problem is what to do with pick-and-pass plays. There are two potential problems: (1) You might forget to put the hit blot on the bar at the end of your turn. (2) It might not be clear to your opponent that you intend to hit the blot on passing -- he might be surprised when you suddenly place his checker on the bar at the end of your turn.
So, for pick-and-pass plays, I would pull opponent's blot away from the edge of the board to make it clear (to both of you) that the blot won't be staying there if you decide to go ahead with that play.
In fact, to keep the rule simple, maybe you should always pull a blot you intend to hit away from the edge of the board even if your own checker will be staying there, and place it on the bar only when you're ready to commit to the play.
Does that sound logical?
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