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limey 02-09-2007 01:00 PM

Mornington Crescent
I think the Cellar is ready for this. I know that there are some experienced players out there, SundaeGirl has it in her genes, Steve Dallas is surprisingly knowledgeable, Labrat is reading up on the rules, and I'd be very surprised if CycleFrance is not a regional champion ...
I hereby open the inaugural round of Mornington Crescent in the Cellar. In deference to the presumed number of novice players I suggest we play by the simplified Cardew/Fordyce conventions, as amended in 2006, this amendment subsequently annulled in Janaury 2007 by the Hainault (via Newbury Park) regulation.
I'll open play with a generous move ...
East Finchley.

SteveDallas 02-09-2007 01:13 PM

I'm sorry, I admit I've not play under the Hainault regulation. But was there not some talk of a change to make the Cardew/Fordyce convention more in line with the Islington Protocols, thereby removing the need for such regulations in the first place?

Griff 02-09-2007 01:15 PM

Canary Wharf (Steve that was done away with in the third revision)

Undertoad 02-09-2007 01:18 PM

Uh, I think I've got the basic notion down.

"Russell Square"

Is that OK?

Griff 02-09-2007 01:19 PM

ah, well-played

barefoot serpent 02-09-2007 01:24 PM

does Stoke-on-Trent count?

glatt 02-09-2007 01:25 PM

This is hysterical to someone who doesn't know how to play. Please continue.

jinx 02-09-2007 01:42 PM

Hmmm..... I'm going to have to say..... Dollis Hill.

SteveDallas 02-09-2007 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by Griff (Post 314342)
(Steve that was done away with in the third revision)

Thanks, I had forgotten about that revision.

Glatt, feel free to jump in and make a move, once you've read and undertstood all the rules.

Happy Monkey 02-09-2007 02:25 PM

(It's too bad you can't play Mao via bboard...)

Cloud 02-09-2007 02:26 PM

As a Yank, I'm at a distinct disadvantage here. My only exposure with this is from an uncle's, er . . . longtime companion who was a master player. He used to get us playing Acacia Avenue, but I'm sure this group is far too advanced for that. As he grew older, he grew funnier, and used to yell, "no inverse crossings!" at us when we cut across his backyard. Alas, he is no more, as he was fatally stung by a mating platypus while "on holiday down under" as he had put it. However, he willed me his battered (and rather smelly) copy of the annotated Finsbury rules, so I hope you will allow this variation in play.

In his honor, I'm going to make an obverse play and say --Vauxhall.

DanaC 02-09-2007 03:14 PM

Ooof. Didn't see that move coming.

limey 02-09-2007 03:41 PM

I'm delighted to see that this has got off to a flying start, but I'm afraid your move, Cloud, of Vauxhall, puts you in huff and has to be disallowed, especially in view of the Islington Protocol about which I had totally forgotten (thank you Steve).
I therefore counter with
Island Gardens.

lumberjim 02-09-2007 04:20 PM

ooo. dirty.

glatt 02-09-2007 04:35 PM

I downloaded the PDF of the amended rules from the second international congress and am only about halfway through, but I think I've discovered a weakness in the standard strategy. This may be a foolish mistake, but I'm moving straight to King's Cross.

Please have mercy on me.

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