thread: 2012-12-20 : Positioning: Retroactive

On 2012-12-20, Vincent wrote:

Dan: Yes, I'm sure.

It's not about the uncertain result of your move, it's about the uncertain legitimacy of your move.

In a roleplaying game, "I set my pistol down on the table, very slowly, pointing it at nobody" might seem like a legit move to you when you make it, but then turn out to be not legit after all - the equivalent of picking up a ball and putting it in the pocket with your hand, or whacking your opponent's golf ball into the woods with your club, or moving your bishop in a knight's move.

It's not then that you've misunderstood your fictional position, it's that you've misguessed what your fictional position will turn out to be.

Threlicus: This should answer your disagreement too, yes? A 'poisoned pawn' situation doesn't mean that now I have to guess whether it's legit play for me to move my bishop on the diagonal and my rook on the square, right?


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