This article originally appeared in the January 2000 issue of GammOnLine.
Thank you to Kit Woolsey for his kind permission to reproduce it here.

The Worst Move in the World

By Kit Woolsey

A GammOnLine contest. Entries close Jan 30, 2000.

"That's the worst move I've ever seen!" How many times have you heard that said in your local chouette. But what is the really worst move there is?

The object of this contest is to construct a position, roll, and play which is the worst move ever. The evaluation will be made cubeless, but gammons and backgammons will count (important!). The cube will be assumed to be on 1, so don't worry about that in your diagram. The judge will be Jellyfish 3.0, level 7 (3-ply). Your score will be the equity difference (according to Jellyfish) between the worst and best moves which you specify for the position and dice roll you construct. Ties will be broken by a rollout.

To enter the contest, you must give the worst move, the best move for the position, and the position (with the dice roll). Simply type in the worst and best moves in the indicated boxes, using the notation which we have been using all along in GammOnLine. Be sure to do this, as your entry won't be valid if you haven't given the best and worst move for your position.

To get the board diagram, use the link below to get to the board diagram generator which is used for the GammOnLine bulletin board. Follow the instructions there carefully (make sure you include the dice roll!). Be sure to click on the "show position" button to make sure that the position is what you intend it to be. When everything is ready, click on the "show html" button. Copy all the html (you all know the routine—edit, select all, edit, copy). Then use the back button on your browser to navigate back to this page. Paste the html you have copied into the large box designated by "position" (just click inside the large box, then edit, paste—all the html stuff will appear in the box). Then click on the enter button. That's all there is to it.

Only one entry per subscriber, so make your construction carefully. The reader who sends in the best (er—worst) construction will win a prize of a free 1-year subscription to GammOnLine. Absolutely anything goes in this contest, so use your imagination. Good luck. Remember, no matter how bad you may be, someone else out there is worse.

Go to: Results of Worst Move Contest

Return to: