A wide-ranging package of amendments, posed by a more radical-reforming faction in the IMCS
when members of that faction won election to positions of importance in the organisation. Forward-thinking to the point of being unacceptable to more than a few traditionalists (even from within the IMCS itself, and from the conservative OISMCS
, let alone CAMREC
) the amendments proposed at a meeting in Finsbury in 1988 were named after a comparatively simple and effective piece of praiseworthy good sense known as the Finsbury Option
- possibly in order to distract attention from the other, more controversial amendments which were also included. For, among other things, one of the other less-publicised amendments - but one which became famous very quickly due to the opposition it received - was the creation of Quadrant Five
to hold the Jubilee extension and Docklands lines. There was talk of making this amendment part of the official rules, and the main argument against it is the semantic problem of having five quadrants (of course we all know what 'quadrant' means.)
Nevertheless, Finsbury soon became the most widely accepted (by individual tournaments and players) of the proposed amendments to the Chalk Farm '84 ruleset, because the supposed problems with it were more about semantics than gameplay. But it never gained CAMREC acceptance, and remained controversial even among the more conservative members of the IMCS. For that reason alone, it was superseded eventually when a new ruleset came out, a couple of years after the Jubilee extension opened properly. The actual "Finsbury Option" which gave its name to the Amendments, despite forming only a minor part of them, was accepted, although the Five Quadrants question required an entirely different answer to be acceptable to at least the conservative elements of the IMCS and the moderate wing of CAMREC.
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