Let’s put our cards on the table.

Monday August 20st, 2018, 10:46am, London, UK:


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Abalone World Championship 2018. All the players’ pairing cards are spread out in front of the Tournament Arbiter. Round one is still running. Some players have already finished their game, others have not.

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About unequal fights

September 23, 2018


Engraving representing Pierre Corneille, 17th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

“Spare my courage an unequal battle;
There is no honour for me in victory:
The lack of risk will deny me glory.”

(Le Cid, Act 2, Scene 2, 1637 – Translated by A. S. Kline, 2007)

Pierre Corneille, French tragedian (1606-1684)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Abalone World Championship 2018 – Round 6 – Player n°6 vs. Player n°9 (White’s POV)

Abalone Game Situation 1

Today we are opening a new post category!
The purpose of theses new posts is to give you some material to practice on.
Unlike abalone problems, these abalone game situations may not be endgames but just middlegames, and endgames may not have a single solution.

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TURN: WHITE

This game situation was a request from two abalone players. It is based on the August 2018 problem, but the turn has been reversed. It’s a little bit more challenging now, isn’t it? (^_-)—☆

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Abalone World Championship 2018: detailed results

The Abalone World Championship – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Monday August 20st, 2018 from 10am to around 2pm.

Here are the detailed results of the tournament:


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I will not publish the global ranking because it is not relevant: due to the Swiss pairing, level may vary significantly among players with the same number of wins.

In my opinion what matters most is who won against who and with which colour, and who won all his/her games.

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Korean daisy, by Hyunmin Kim

Here is a highly interesting balanced variation! It was created by the young Hyunmin KIM, from South Korea, on Monday 20, August 2018, in London, UK, during the Abalone World Championship 2018:


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Please try it and tell us about it! (:

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Abalone World Championship 2018: list of players

The Abalone World Championship – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Monday August 20st, 2018 from 10am to around 2pm.

Here is the list of the players who participated in this tournament:


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