Hello and welcome to the Guide to Fifteen [Part II]. Below is the second half of the rules to the wonderful, yet little known, game of Fifteen.
7.'REDBLACK' : a)A 'redblack' is one of four ways to win the game (see Rule 6a))and is worth 13 points in accumulative totals. b)A 'redblack' is a cannon shot in which : i]the first ball struck by the cue ball is a Red, ii]the last ball to hit The Black is a Red, iii]the Red ball hitting The Black gives the latter the energy to enter a pocket, iv]no ball other than The Black is potted. c)If all the conditions in rule 7b) are met the player making the shot wins the game. d)If The Black is pocketed but any of the conditions in Rule 7b) are not met it is a 'default', which constitues LOSS OF GAME (see Rule 8). 8.'DEFAULT' : a)A 'default' is the name given to any foul made when potting The Black. Any such 'default' is LOSS OF GAME. b)The non-striker wins the game with 13 points [the 'defaulting' player has 13 points against]. c)fouling when potting The Black includes : i]potting any other ball (including the cue ball) with the same stroke ii]potting The Black when it is not legal to do so. d)It is also a 'default' to jump The Black off the table. 9.ACCUMULATIVE SCORES : a)Accumulative matches and league tables are decided firstly by games won and then, if this is tied, by the aggregate points difference of all games played. b)A player achieving a 'break' or 'redblack', or whose opponent makes a 'default', scores the totals listed in Rule 6b) or the score of pots actually made, WHICHEVER IS HIGHER. Examples : i]A player trailing 7-3 makes a 'redblack' to win. He scores 13 'For' and 7 'Against'. ii]A player leading 14-0 wins when his opponent 'defaults'. He scores 14 'For' and 0 'Against' NOT 13 and 0. iii]A player trailing 14-0 wins when his opponent 'defaults'. he scores 13 'For' and 14 'Against' but does still register a win. c)a player's 'For' and 'Against' scores for a particular game are ALWAYS the reverse of his opponent's score for that game. Example : i]Player A beats Player B with a 7-ball 'break' when leading 4-3. Player A scores 20 'For' and 3 'Against'. Player B scores 3 'For' and 20 'Against'.
10.TOUCHING BALLS : a)An object ball touching the cue ball may be played, provided that it is not done by playing a push shot (i.e. provided the cue ball is struck and not pushed). b)Playing the shot away from that object ball is the same as not having made contact with it, BUT, if the touching ball moves, it is deemed to have been played. 11.FOULS (not including 'defaults', see Rule 8) : a)The standard penalty for fouls is applied after all non-'defaulting' foul shots and is as follows : i]The incoming player may have the cue ball in hand to play from any spot or line on the table not occupied by other balls. Or : ii]The incoming player may simply play from where the cue ball has come to rest. b)If the cue ball is off the table, option 11a)ii] is not applicable. c)If a player scratches when potting a Red, pots a Red not on or jumps a Red off the table the point for that red is awarded to his opponent. No red is placed back on the table. d)If a player scratches when potting a Colour, pots a Colour not on or jumps a Colour off the table the Colour is re-spotted. If its spot is occupied it is placed on any unoccupied spot named by the incoming player. If all the spots are occupied it is placed on any unoccupied part of the Baulk line or of the curved line of the D specified by the incoming player. d)Scratching the cue ball when playing but not pocketing The Black is NOT a 'default' but merely a foul resulting in the application of rule 11a).