Problem of the month: May 2019

A previously unreleased endgame problem. I dedicate it to my friend Vincent Frochot (:

SIDE EFFECTS

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: QUITE BEGINNER-FRIENDLY

5-5. You play White. Black just dodged your attack by playing a side move (e8f9d8). Now it’s your turn. In any case, you win in 3 moves (:

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Innovation of the month: May 2019

Every month a previously unreleased variation.

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Many variations have been created since I suspended this section.
Maybe it’s time to reopen it…

British daisy


Coloured version


Classic Black and White version

This variation was created on August 30, 2018.
As you can see it is a balanced variation 😎

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The most despairing games

April 14, 2019


Book cover of Apostilles or the useful and the futile (1972), by Robert Mallet

“What is most despairing is not the impossible, but rather the failure to achieve the possible.”

(Apostille ou l’utile et le futile, Gallimard, 1972)

Robert Mallet, French writer (1915-2002)

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White is on the verge of victory…


…and yet loses!! What happened?!?

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Serial winner, serial killer?

April 7, 2019


“Now who’s the boss?” (`∀´)Ψ

“A winner is a losers’ maker.”

Albert Jacquard, French geneticist (1925-2013)

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Every winner should help its opponent to become a better player.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)

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Abalone Game Situation 3

A previously unreleased game situation.

FREE AT LAST?*

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: STRONG HEADACHE

The score is 4-5. Will Black be able to save the I7 marble and win the game?

* reference to a negro spiritual quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963 at the end of his famous speech I have a dream.

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