The day that changed my life

December 30, 2018


Abalone Deluxe, front


Abalone Deluxe, back

“One Christmas evening, my destiny changed dramatically.
On this day, my father had the great idea to slip a chess game [an Abalone game] under the Christmas tree in our family home. He had no idea that this initiative would change my life.”

(Joueur d’échecs*, p.13, Fayard, october 2017)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French chess grandmaster (1990-)

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* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s website

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Problem of the month: December 2018

A previously unreleased endgame problem.

AS EASY AS 1.2.3.

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: Quite easy

The score is 4-1. White reaches 6 in 3 moves. Will you find the way?

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Play here and now

December 23, 2018


Allan Watts

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

(The Essence of Alan Watts, 1977)

Allan Watts, British-American philosopher (1915-1973)

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Enso (‘circle’) by Bankei Yotaku (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

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Democrazy

December 22, 2018 in the Hexagon (France): a pretty mess… ^^’


The French bourgeoisie is still blocking the centre;
the yellow vests are trying to block the borders.

The board will clearly lose, but who will win?

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* Democrazy is also a French card game where players vote to change the rules.