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Recording matches

From:   Robert Maier
Date:   5 May 2009
Subject:   Match Recording - 2010 Pittsburgh ABT - Other Thoughts
Forum: Forums

The following policy, or something very close, will be part of the CoC for
the 2010 Pittsburgh ABT event.

    "All participants shall be permitted to record their matches, either by
    use of video camera, written record made by a 3rd party or other
    method(s), unless the staff determines that such other methods are
    overly distracting (by inference, it is my opinion that most video
    cameras and written recordings are not overly distracting). No player
    will be permitted to forbid such recording under any circumstances,
    including but not limited to a disagreement as to whether or not a copy
    of the match will be made available to them or to the public at large.

    The director may, on his own initiative/expense, choose to record
    matches, including but not limited to the finals of the main events.
    Such recordings will be made publicly available as soon as is

Just as using clocks prevents certain irregularities, which makes mandating
their use all the more reasonable, similar arguments can be made for having
the desire to record a match trump the desire to not have a match recorded.
The possibility of two players disagreeing on what the original position is
for a particular play always exists. One only needs to consider that
without recordings or witnesses, a director may be forced to decide between
the two competing opinions by the roll of a high die to conclude that match
recording is desirable. I am admittedly a stubborn sort, but even if this
were the only reason to allow recording, in my mind it would outweigh any

At my tournament in Pittsburgh this past February, I had two players come
to the draw sheet, about 5 minutes apart, claiming to have won the same
match. No, really, it happened. At one point, I was going to have to settle
that dispute with the roll of a high die. I am happy to report that it
didn't come to that, but it wasn't because a better idea sprang forth.
Let's not forget either, that there are still some folks in the world that
aren't above attempting to acquire an advantage in an other-than-legal
manner. That probably occurs less when the camera is rolling.

For the record, pun unfortunately intended, I think it is extremely poor
form for anyone who records a match to not make a copy of that record
available to their opponent in a timely manner. However, I don't see that I
have standing as a TD to make that a requirement. Even if I did, why would
I want to become involved in such disputes?

I don't see any reason why every match at a tournament should not be
recorded. Other than, you know, the effort required. Which is really the
crux of that problem, some folks think that if they are footing the expense
and effort of doing something, they are entitled to determine how the
proceeds are used. It's kind of hard to argue with that. Perhaps folks that
like having their matches recorded by others can start by bringing some
spare tapes or memory sticks (or whatever supplies you actually need) and
help share in that expense.

At any rate, no one is required to attend these events. I certainly do not
wish, at the moment, to exclude anyone from my tournament, and I definitely
hope that no one who would have originally attended will now not attend
because of my stance on recording. On the other hand, I'm not going to
worry about it much, since I'm quite certain that my view on the matter is
correct. Perhaps that has something to do with not being overly worried
about folks studying and copying my many blunders, I mean brilliancies.

I'm willing and interested to entertain suggestions about the precise
wording or options for the text regarding recording in the CoC if anyone
has some.
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