Innovation of the month: October 2014

Every month a previously unreleased variation.


Fracture © lolo

 This month, let me introduce a creation from Lolo, the ULA developer.


Nicolas Fiorini wins the 2014 Abalone World Championship

The Abalone World Championship, one of the Mind Sports Olympiad events, took place on Friday August 22, 2014 at the JW3 (Jewish Community Centre for London), 341-351 Finchley Road, London, from 10.15am to 1.45pm.

The competitors played in a friendly atmosphere, but globally the game level was unusually high, with an interesting tie break between four players for the third place.

At the end of the competition, results were as follows:


Nicolas Fiorini



David Pearce



Frédéric Garnier



David Jameson



David Pierce did not win the title this year, but is #2 and won several medals in other MSO events: Kaluki (gold), Stratego Duel (gold), Renju (silver) et Stratego Classic (bronze, ex-aequo). A great achievement!

David Jameson, bronze medalist last year, did not reach the abalone podium this time, but won 5 medals in other MSO events: Diving Chess World Championship (gold), Entropy World Championship (gold), Blokus (silver), Hare & Tortoise World Championship (silver), and Gomoku (bronze). A fine performance too!

Let’s make a tribute to these two abalone players: they don’t play online (as far as I know…), but they are strong opponents!

The medalists :


From left to right:
Frédéric Garnier (bronze), David Pearce (silver), Nicolas Fiorini (gold),
and Edmund Smith (silver junior)