Good ruling/Bad Rule
Posted By: Tom Keith In Response To: Good ruling/Bad Rule (Phil Simborg)
Date: Sunday, 1 September 2013, at 6:55 p.m.
In Response To: Good ruling/Bad Rule (Phil Simborg)
Should the rule be changed? I don't think so.
I think that the opponent should bring attention to the illegal play on his own time. Here's why
- We (as rule writers) don't know who is right and who is wrong -- maybe it is the opponent who saw the dice wrong.
- Doing the pointing out on his own time gives the opponent incentive to do it in a timely manner. Besides, it won't cost him anything if he can do it before his own delay is up. (As always, if there is a disagreement, both clocks should be stopped until the disagreement is resolved.)
The Danish rule about letting the delay time run down seems like an unnecessary nuisance. It delays the game by a few seconds and doesn't stop the player from thinking during that time anyway. I say keep it simple.
Yes it is possible that somebody could intentionally make an illegal move in order to get a few extra seconds of thinking time. It's a slimy practice, but it's not going to make a big difference. If it happens over and over again, the opponent should call the director.
I like Neil's suggestion of calling the director or staff member when one player is very low on time.
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