Sorry, but I can’t just stand idly by and see **Wotnot ** casually gloss over such an important point, particularly as it could affect who wins.
As I suspect Wotnot is perfectly well aware, at least two expert analyses have shown that the 1982 Amendments, more correctly known as the 1982 Krajnich-Loman Proposed Amendments (they were never formally ratified by the WMCF), are fundamentally incompatible with Marble Arch rules and can lead to nonsensical game play.
For example, Jahn’s delightfully erudite analysis, which you’ll find as Appendix 3 of the 1987 MC Yearbook, shows that MA Rules permit lateral hops after Bassoons in tournament play, and that if this option were used in connection with the Farouche maneovre, proposed by Krajnich-Loman, it could lead to all manner of absurdities such as Parks not eligible for stumps south of the river, and ‘legal’ transfers from Morden to Perivale without stirrups declared! (For a contrary view, albeit one not widely shared by most leading commentators, see Krajnich’s spirited rebuttal in the Tournament Notes published after the 89 Masters Invitational playoff in Berlin.)
Do we really want our beautiful game reduced to such a shambles of idiotic situations and botched manoeuvres?
Look, I’ve made no secret of the fact that I despise the Marble Arch rules, which I believe stifle creative play in the endgame and foster a culture of safety play which I consider inimical to the true spirit of the game. However, I concede that the MA rules, being relatively easy to follow and offering clear adjudication on such notorious matters as contra-alphabetical motions north across water, may provide a suitable basis for an enjoyable game of MC here on the Boards. But let’s have no truck with the 1982 proposed amendments, lest the whole thing descend into farce as soon as any player invokes a Farouche.
By the way, Iceland Blue, congratulations on some excellent decisions thus far, suggesting very mature play. But in your eagerness to employ such an elegant shift to Goldhawk Road, you overlooked this possibility: declaration of Ashes and Becontree! This leads to MC in three moves against any defence, at least according my initial analysis. I can’t take credit for this beauty: it’s an old twist from that wily old master, Achenin, who used it to carry off the 73 European Qualifier against Peddlewick.