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Chouette Etiquette question

Posted By: winfox
Date: Tuesday, 25 March 2014, at 5:36 a.m.

In Response To: Chouette Etiquette question (phil simborg)

I do not play much or often nowadays, but in every chouette I have played in it has always been a public count, including kibbitzers, for the reasons you mentioned.

Also as you say, sometimes the given count may be wrong, but it is offered as a free service, in good faith, and on the understanding that the person making the count is under no obligation and bears no responsibility for the consequences of an error.

If a player pauses the game to ask another player or a kibbitzer to do a count, he will usually specify which type of count he would like, whether a full count for both sides or just the racing difference. Then if the answer 'feels' about right the game goes on, otherwise he or another player might ask for a recount.

When errors are made, as they are, it usually involves a buried checker or one on the bar which was missed by the counter, but for the most part the answer given by a known and trusted face is accepted. For example, on the rare occasions that Jake has been in attendance to provide the service, nobody would wish to seem foolish by considering a recount.

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