Thanks for your reply Hagbard. There does seem to be a little confusion here - probably it's me that's confused.Hagbard wrote:There is an issue with the white-is-blocked-and-cannot-move situation.
It's true that in most cases, as long as black is not too careless, this type of stalemate draw can be avoided anyway, by carefully leaving a space for white to move into. And it seems a bit unreasonable for white to demand a draw this way, when clearly white is in a losing position.
If we say that white loses if all white pieces are immobilised, then that does lead to more possible winning positions for black. For instance, in Fetlar rules, if white has lost all pieces except the king, we would now say that the king COULD be captured on an edge square, by being immobilised there. This also applies if the king is trapped at the board edge with one or more of his warriors.
I think this is quite a big change in the rules, at least as far as Fetlar is concerned. I'm not saying I'm against it, actually it seems quite reasonable, especially since all it is doing is shortening the game by two or three moves without affecting the result (assuming that black would win anyway, by leaving a moving space and forcing the king away from the edge) ...but we might need a bit of rule-book-updating. It's odd that this is coming up in several games just now!
Of course, I had not thought of using the time stamp! ThanksHagbard wrote:There's a time stamp to each game, which can identify the game