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Some things to consider *long*

Posted By: Coolrey
Date: Monday, 6 October 2014, at 11:38 a.m.

In Response To: Some things to consider *long* (Barry Silliman)

I actually believe, in the end, the best way to win is to play better backgammon. So things like XG, and this site serve a useful purpose. That is to train us to play better.

It is still going to be nauseating to play @ 2 or 3 PR and lose to someone who played in double digits.

The fact of the matter is, I just can't play that well, and am too lazy to study as hard as I ought to. I am always prepared to compete, live, regardless and I have seen some stuff in my travels that works. Once in awhile I share it here.

Mochy is killing everyone, and he is outplaying us all. As usual it is a result of hard work. Hard work should be rewarded, and a rating system that is based on PR is a fine idea. Just remember you will leave some pretty tough players behind if that is the only criteria, and then someone might suggest to do the ratings based on tournament results, or some other irrelevant thing.

Barry makes a good point, that space and time don't come free. TDs who have run tournaments using clocks and recording and transcribing will tell you how hard that is.

Gary Bauer, and a few others, will record your match and then secret it away. Of course people will want the two matches in ten that they blew up not to count, or their computer will break, or the file will be corrupted.

Perhaps those who propose this will spring for the room, and the certified computer that I can enter and play my ten match test. Kind of like a Mensa IQ test. Set up a station where we can go, when we are rested, comfortable and ready... To earn our rating/ranking?

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