Talk:Huff (board games)

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This stub rticle is not necessary. Term already defined in game article. Ortolan88

The idea of huffing is present in more than one game. I've made it into something more like an article. Matthew Woodcraft

I've rewritten bits of it. The way it was gave no clue of what games other than draughts have the rule. I'll try and find some references at some point.

"Huffing was probably introduced to prevent draws."

This is unsourced speculation, so probably doesn't belong here. Besides, which came first - the huff rule or the now standard rule whereby not capturing is an illegal move?

  • If prior to huffing there was just nothing wrong with not capturing, this might make sense insofar as it stops the opponent from just leaving all his pieces on the back row to prevent his opponent from crowning, though the compulsory capture rule would achieve the same.
  • If the compulsory capture rule came first, it seems plausible to me that the huff rule was created as an alternative way of playing to counteract situations whereby a player fails to capture, but the opponent dishonestly accepts the move he played.

While it isn't part of the official draughts rules now, I'm made to wonder: Is it generally accepted that the huff must be performed by the player whose piece wasn't captured, and not by a spectator, and so if said player doesn't see it there and then then it stays? -- Smjg (talk) 19:47, 16 September 2010 (UTC)