Originally posted by RaulGroom
Is a player's competitive obligation to maximize his own score within a round, or to give himself the best chance to go as far as possible in the tournament? Here's an example of when these two ideas are in conflict:
In Round 1 of a ...[text shortened]... or does a player have an obligation to play his best at all times?
it is every chess players ethical duty to try to win the game.
it is every tournament players ethical duty to try to win the tournament.
is it useful to try to carry other players through to the next round?
i doubt that this is true in almost all scenarios.
chances are that the other next round players will also get their number.
also: they may well learn from their mistakes ... humans are very good learners.
still ... i personally see the players ethical duty towards winning the tournament as overriding if, if, IF, IF it is better to carry others forwards.
a further ethical problem i see is: when two players who are friends, perhaps from the same country or clan, who help their teammate continue to the next round.
it is everyones ethical duty to support their friends.
it is every clan players ethical duty to support their clan and clan members.
it is every patriotic persons duty to support the people of their country.
surely the ethical priorities are best simply left to the individual in question.
(imagine the difficulty of trying to police the alternative!!!!! )