. I would not argue that playing to the director is new—the evidence, including my own competitive experiences, suggests otherwise—but the inconsistencies in the rules and established fencing theory have some coaches focusing more on how to win than on how to fence.12 Sadly, there is often a dichotomy between fencing well and victory and that should not be. Very interesting and that pretty much sums it up. My coach tells me this. I love to engage with someone who wants the chess game no matter what the outcome. True, the object is to win... but I do not enjoy "fencing" with someone who has (for example as one move) that flick to the middle of the back down 100% and basically arrives, bored, to the strip, just to execute the 5 flicks and leave. It's not my loss that bothers me, it's that I didn't get to fence.