Flaws of the Ing 1991 Rules (004)

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Robert Jasiek

10.08.2004, 07:27:2110.08.04
Flaw 71:
It is not true that, as the rules claim, the sum of the points in both
sides' territory was always the total number of points on the board.

There can be an unfilled "shared space". It belongs to neither side's
territory. Hence with an unfilled "shared space", the sum of the points
in both sides' territory does not equal the total number of points on
the board.


Flaw 72:
The rules' claim that the score was clear at a glance is not always

Since fill-in does not move any stones "in the original configuration",
the claim can be false if it is not possible to have only one connected
region with "winning spaces" and only one connected region where
compensation points are represented.


Flaw 73:
Despite the rules' apparent claim, just after having filled in one's
stones, one cannot have any losing stones.

Otherwise one cannot just have filled in ALL one's stones. In other
words, the rule must include an "as far as possible" to qualify filling
of one's stones.


Flaw 74:
"spaces adjacent to both black and white stones in coexistence" fail to
consider similar spaces that are not ADJACENT to both black and white
stones in coexistence.

A coexistence might have regions with big empty spaces, i.e. some spaces
might be not adjacent to both black and white stones. The rules must
speak more generally of regions of connected empty spaces.


Flaw 75:
It is unclear whether some and which players would have to fill how many
"shared spaces" if there is an odd number of them that is greater than


Flaw 76:
It is unspecified where "winning spaces" are positioned if neither a
corner nor a side is available for them.


Flaw 77:
It is unclear what the consequences are if a player's 180 stones are on
the board and the player wants to make a board play.

Does the player have to make a pass play? Is the fill-in counting
invalidated and replaced by something else?


Usage of rules of play with 77 flaws cannot be recommended. Instead they
serve as a model of rules that ought never to be used. It is a shame
that sponsor money lets a lot of federations, associations, and
organizations become the most unreasonable by pretending usage of rules
that cannot be applied correctly. An even greater lie claims that the
rules were particularly suitable for children.

robert jasiek

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