Sir Bobby and all the players on the site,
Sir, with all due respect and courtesy, I totally support the contention of Sir Mabilisan aka alahoy, who is , in real life, Hermie Martinez , one of only around 20 or 30 Senior Strategists in the history of this game we love, therefore, a confirmed Master of the game. Aside from that, he is also the one who did the Official Rating System of the game way back the 70's. And to top it all, if any of you wll come across the brochure or pamphlet that comes with the (official) set, he is the person beside Ronnie Pasola, as both of them were acting as "arbiters" during that historic event. So you see guys, Sir Mabilisan is not only talking through experience but likewise, as an authority and officer of the Federation. His comments should be highly considered and respected.
The great Ronnie Pasola had already foreseen the eventualities that may occur in this game he invented that's why he already came up with enough rules to make the game most exciting. And considering that we even have time limitations now, thanks to the modern technology and the great contribution of Sir Bobby, I reiterate my request that the 52-move rule be abolished as there are only 3 rules, as stipulated in the said "official" competiton rules of the Federation, which can be seen in the said brochure that comes with the set. Allow me to quote these 3 rules are as follows:
Rule No. 12: 30-move Rule:
If no challenge is made after 30 complete moves from the start of the game, the player with more pieces past the mid-point of the board wins the match. If no piece has gone beyond the mid-point or if there is an equal number of pieces beyond the mid-point, the game is automatically declared a draw.
Rule No. 13: 5-move Perpetual:
A 5-move perpetual position results in a drawn game. This happens when an attacked piece, which faces immediate challenge, moves 5-consecutive times (on 2 squares), by the same attacking piece.
Rule No. 14: 16-move Perpetual:
A 16-move perpetual position results in a drawn game. This happens when an attacked piece, which faces immediate challenge, moves 16-consecutive times through more than 2 squares in order to avoid being challenged on the next move, by the same attacking piece.
And again, as Sir Mabilisan said, there is already a time limit so having this 52-move rule totally disrupts the beauty of an ongoing game. Before, when the game is played on actual boards, games even reach as long as 3 hours and the moves may even reach a hundred. Anyway, there is still that last option which is also included in the Official Competition Rules as Rule No. 15, and that is DRAW FOR RESPECT, which is self-explanatory and as in Chess, it is referred to as Grandmasters' Draw.
Hoping to have shed a little light on this utterly confusing rule, I remain
Very truly yours,