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Consensus Chess

A mediation technique
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This is a preparatory exercise for civil disputes where mediation is agreed to (or ordered): A game of chess is scheduled at the courthouse (or the parkette across the street). All rules of chess apply with one addition: no move can be made unless the disputants agree to it, i.e. each player is both her own opponent and teammate throughout the game.
tfangio, Aug 19 2003


       People are in court *because* they can't agree, and need an arbiter to decide the case. How could this possibly work?!
DrCurry, Aug 19 2003

       If you can't make up your own mind about an issue could you play with yourself until you achieve the mental clarity necessary to decide?
dobtabulous, Aug 19 2003

       Adversarial parties routinely *agree* to mediation. This is merely a half-baked warm-up exercise an arbiter can use to start the process (or keep parties busy while she's golfing).
tfangio, Aug 19 2003

       Adversarial parties do sometimes agree to take part in mediation but it is highly unlikely that they will ever agree to take part in a self-helpy "warm up excercise" - mediation is just another means by which parties can attempt to get what they want.   

       Plus, our courthouses are already far too busy - clogging them up with stalled games of chess will do little to speed up the administration of justice.
my face your, Aug 19 2003

       Every game will end in a stalemate. No party will agree to a move that causes them to lose the game.
waugsqueke, Aug 19 2003

tfangio, Aug 21 2003

       //Every game will end in a stalemate.//
<devilsadvocate>Unless they acknowledge that the game is not important</devilsadvocate>

       Maybe that's the point of it. Once you've got the 'Consensus Chess' game out of the way, you're less interested in playing games and more interested in finding genuine workable solutions. Whoa. I got a bit idealistic there. Must sit down for a moment.
st3f, Aug 21 2003

       But taking that approach disregards the point of the exercise, 3f. If playing by concensus and both players reach a concensus that playing is pointless, then the concensus itself is also pointless.
waugsqueke, Aug 21 2003

       I see your point. It demends on whether the disputants are genuinely considering the consensus as such, and playing as a team, or if they are using the 'consensus' as an excuse to defer, delay and hamper their opponent's moves. I was assuming the latter as disputants who are capable of teamwork would be less likely to require a mediator.
st3f, Aug 21 2003

       Thought this was an idea for a new TV show. People on the internet vote for the next move. Would be very interesting to see the results.
Worldgineer, Aug 21 2003

       1.a4 e5 2.Ra3 d6 3.h3 Be6 4.d4 c5 5.Qd3 f5 6.Qg3 Be7 7.Qh2 e4 8.Rg3 Qa5+ 9.Nd2 Bb3 10.c4 Bh4 11.f3 e3 12.d5 f4 stalemate
supercat, Apr 09 2007

       That's an awfully long and tedious game you've described there, rcarty.   

       White moves King's bishop pawn forward. Agreement.   

       Black moves King's pawn forward. Agreement.   

       White moves King's knight forward (2 squares). Agreement.   

       Black moves Queen to Rook 5: Checkmate.
Cosh i Pi, Apr 11 2007

Cosh i Pi, Apr 11 2007

       I don't know that White would want to forfeit, but I can easily imagine "1. e4 draw".
supercat, Apr 11 2007


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