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gnohmon wrote on 2003-02-09 UTC
Michael Nelson suggests 'loser chooses who moves first the next turn?'

As the author of the 'Fair First Move Rule', how could I object?

I object. Sort of, anyway.

Although this is very likely to be a good rule for low-wipeout-limit
games, it merely complicates the rules (I would guess) for high limits.

If the limit is 7, Black's knowledge-advantage is not as important.

But maybe I guessed wrong about the standard limit. Certainly a low limit
is better for analyzing a short opening; but I thought most ppl would find
limit 3 or less too tactical.

Once again, I point out that you really need to try this game to
understand it.

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