Problem of the month: January 2019

A previously unreleased endgame problem.

PISTOL DUEL

TURN: BOTH
LEVEL: Gentlemen

The score is 5-5. Extreme stress!
The first who fires win the game in 2 or 3 shots.

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Another kind of wall

January 27, 2019

“I would build a great wall […].
I will build a great great wall […].”*

(Donald Trump’s Presidential Announcement Speech)

Donald Trump, American businessman, comedian, and television personality (1946-)

* I’m down with this but only if it is a wall around Donald Trump himself q:

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IIIIII

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The Wall, the Abalone variation.

Wanna see a real great wall? Look at this!

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All other quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Filmography

Here is a short list of films dealing with strategy games like Abalone.
It contains only films I have seen.

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Dial M for Murder, by Alfred Hitchcock (1954)

Dunkirk, by Christopher Nolan (2017)

Fight Club, by David Fincher (1999)

The Imitation Game, by Morten Tyldum (2014)

Match Point, by Woody Allen (2005)

Pawn Sacrifice, by Edward Zwick (2015)

Seven Samurai, by Akira Kurosawa (1954)

The Tournament, by Élodie Namer (2015)

Quiescence

January 13, 2019


A set of Abalone marbles thrown on an Abalone board:
no past, but many possible futures…

“Quiescence is only a self-contained movement,
often more uncanny than movement itself.”

(WHAT IS A THING?, Winter 1935-1936,
A. Various Ways of Questioning About the Thing,
10. The Historicity (Geschichtlichkeit) of the Definition of the Thing)
[translated by W.B. Barton, Jr. and Vera Deutsch]

Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (1889-1976)

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Who starts? With which colour? The choice is yours!

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Bibliography

(Last update: March 19, 2016 – First release: February 12, 2014)

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Here is a short list of books dealing with strategy games like Abalone.

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Roger CAILLOIS
Man, Play and Games [Les jeux et les hommes], 1957 (translated in 1961)

Yumi HOTTA (Story) / Takeshi OBATA (Art)
H
ikaru no Go (ヒカルの碁), since 1998

Johan HUIZINGA
Homo Ludens, a study of the play element in culture, 1939 (translated in 1955)
[Homo Ludens. Versuch einer Bestimmung des Spielelements der Kultur]

Vladimir NABOKOV
The Defense [Защита Лужина], 1930

SUN Tzu
The Art of War [孫子兵法], 5th century BC

Stefan ZWEIG
The Royal Game [Schachnovelle], 1942

Failures teaches success.

January 6, 2019

“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.”

(2009 National Address to America’s Students)

Barack Obama (1961-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.