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A difference in the rules--what's your take

Posted By: roadkillbooks
Date: Monday, 24 March 2014, at 4:29 a.m.

In Response To: A difference in the rules--what's your take (phil simborg)

1. You are playing without a clock. Your opponent makes his move. He starts to pick up the dice and moves them, but does not actually pick them up. Then he decides to change his mind. You have not rolled. Is his move over or should he be allowed to change his move?

I would like to see that as a rule.

2. Your opponent leads 2away/4away and holds a 2 cube. He forgets he is 2-away and redoubles to 4. If you realize his mistake, are you "honor-bound" to point it out or can you accept the cube? If you accept the cube, and the error is discovered right away, is the cube dead? If it is discovered right after the match, what then? (Same thing applies to cubes give at Crawford.)

Dead cube rule

3. You opponent puts his own checker on the bar instead of yours by mistake. You notice this. Should you have to point it out, or should you simply play on?

Legal moves

4. Your opponent is on the bar and rolls a 6-5 which enters. He thought he rolled a 6-6 and picked up his dice. Then he realizes his mistake. Should he be allowed to correct it if you haven't rolled yet? Should he be allowed to correct it if you have rolled? If you noticed the mistake, should you point it out and let him come in?

Must play legally

5. Your opponent clearly hit your checker and clearly intended to hit, but accidentally picked up his dice before he lifted your checker to the bar. The move could have been played legally without a hit. Should you let him put the checker on the bar or is he out of luck?

Only to a newbie at a local tourney

6. Your opponent clearly reaches for the cube but does not touch it or say that he is cubing. Is he obligated to double?

reaching.. no. Practice that poker stance.

7. Your opponent states that if you double he will take. If you then double, should he be obligated to take is not?

Only if you will jump off a bridge because he told you so.

8. Your opponent likes to take lots of pictures with his smart phone. Should he be obligated to state what his move or cube action will be before he takes the picture?

I always like to state what I am doing before a picture.

9. Your opponent says that he needs a bathroom break. Should he be allowed to do this in the middle of a game or must he wait until between games?

as long as his clock is running..

no seriously only in a bad situation. I guess since I cant define bad situation then the answer is yes.

10. Your opponent likes to use a baffle box. You don't. Is he allowed to use the baffle box even though you don't if you don't want him to?

I guess that is a fair compromise

11. Both players are fast-rolling most of the match. Then, suddenly, on an important roll, one player says the other player's roll doesn't count because he fast rolls. Should he have lost his right to call a fast roll if he wasn't calling it or warning his opponent earlier? (Of course there would have to be some testimony of witnesses or agreement by the players that there has been fast rolling previously, but assuming this is the case and all players are honest, what should the rule be?)

I would prefer one set of dice.

12. A spectator sees one of the players writing down the wrong score. Should he speak up?


13. A spectator sees that the clock has been left running accidentally--should he speak up?

I dont have a problem with spectators pointing out external things like clocks.

14. A player rolls the dice then quickly picks them up saying they were cocked. The other player believes they were not cocked. How should this be settled?

TD.. but I think the roll would stand.

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