[Retros] 50-moves rule and mate
G.A.Rol at umcutrecht.nl
Thu Jan 11 04:02:34 EST 2007
Good points! I always respect a difference in style and character.
Coming from a more or less mathematical background I take as my example
Hibert's work in redesigning the Euclidian axioms. What I have learned
from it is that a "good" axiom/rule system has enormous generative power
and awakens the creative potential of the individuals using it. I wil
hope to demonstrate that in my future presentation of retro-strategy
concepts. There is one meta-rule in chess composition that sets it apart
from all other concrete rule sets in all other games and fields and that
is the (implied) "game-master rule": any composer can take ownership of
the rule system and amend it privately to apply to his compositions of
choice. That is a brilliant meta-rule which effectively converts every
game in the world to chess. Besides taking over the world, it will also
satisfy the wildest dream of any anarchist. World domination and
anarchism in one sweep, can you believe it?!
Best regards, Guus Rol.
Van: retros-bounces at janko.at [mailto:retros-bounces at janko.at]
Namens pastmaker at aol.com
Verzonden: woensdag 10 januari 2007 20:46
Aan: retros at janko.at
Onderwerp: Re: [Retros] 50-moves rule and mate
Please don't think that I intended any complaint or misgivings
about any publications or awards. Not at all! As I mentioned, I was
writing only about forward play.
In fact, as to codices and the like as they purport to apply to
chess composition, I am more or less an anarchist. The history of
retroanalysis shows what I consider an unfortunate sense of constraint
among early composers to produce positions that could incorporate
conventional stipulations (e.g., "Mate in 2."). Imagine what
Hundsdorfer might have given us had he been comfortable with "Resolve
the position"? (In fact, a creditable argument can be made that any
other stipulation in an orthodox retro unfairly includes the stipulation
as part of the composition....)
My apologies to those who labor on the rules. Perhaps my
viewpoint is colored by having practiced law for over 30 years. This is
supposed to be fun!
Best regards to all.
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