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Imagine something like this....

Posted By: DanielP
Date: Tuesday, 4 March 2014, at 12:54 p.m.

In Response To: Non-biased Legal vs. non-legal moves poll (phil simborg)

let me begin by saying that despite all the differing opinions, there is one thing we CAN agree on, and that is we all love this game and want to see its continued growth and popularity. now consider this, there is a guy lets call him billy beginner. he remembers playing backgammon in his youth or maybe in college and wants to take up the game again. he starts playing online, remembers how much fun it was and wants to get better. so now he reads up on everything he can on bg, strategy tips etc. he watches youtube videos of top players to see if his move differs from the best. he buys XG and starts analyzing his own matches and continues to improve. a bit later in the year he decides to play in his first live tourney. he takes off a couple of days from work, spends a couple of hundred dollars on the hotel, another hundred or so on food, gas etc. lastly the entry fee, so hes got $400+ invested in the weekend. the tourney goes well and he makes it to the finals. at DMP, his nerves get the better of him and he makes an illegal move placing a checker further away than it should. several of the kibitzers see this but they cant say anything, his opponent sees this too and starts to correct him but notices that now this actually works to his advantage so he doesn't say anything. the game plays out and billy loses the final by one pip. later one of the kibitzers point out his mistake, so billy goes to his opponent to ask why he didn't say anything. "we weren't playing legal moves" is his response. "what about sportsmanship?" asks billy and he gets the same response.

discussion questions:

is a scenario like this good for the overall image and growth of the game?

is billy more or less likely to continue playing bg?

is billy more or less likely to come back to this specific tourney if he decides to continue w/ bg?

my personal opinion is that i don't see how anyone who claims to love this game can condone illegal plays under any circumstances.

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