Alea iacta est: the die is cast… in the garbage!

June 30, 2019


(Lisa Rougetet in january 2018)

The intervention of chance in a game is, in a way, a mechanism that takes the decisions out of the player’s hand. As combinatorial games are determinated, that is, without chance, there is a finite set of possible solutions, and therefore there is always a succession of moves which leads to victory (or to a draw). We can therefore build a winning strategy, which leaves full control to the player over the game, even if he has to anticipate the opponent’s moves.

(Interview by the Henri Poincaré Institute;
translated by FightClub & Maath)

Lisa Rougetet, French historian of mathematics (19??-)

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The game must go on (Yeah!)

June 23, 2019


Hans Ree on January 17, 1973 (some rights reserved; see credits)

“Play out a boring game to the end and funny things can happen; Fischer knew it.”

Hans Ree, Dutch chess grandmaster and writer (1944-)

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Mindgames are for everyone.

June 16, 2019


(source: Gallica)

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[…] les jeux d’esprit sont de toutes les saisons et de tous les âges ; ils instruisent les Jeunes, ils divertissent les Vieux, ils conviennent aux Riches, et ne sont pas au-dessus de la portée des Pauvres : les deux sexes peuvent s’en accommoder sans choquer la bienséance.”*

(Récréations mathématiques et physiques, Préface, 1694)

Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (1640-1718)

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* “[…] mind games are for all seasons and all ages;
they instruct the Young, and divert the Old;
they are not beneath the Rich,
not above the ability of the Poor;
they may be used by either 
Sex
without
transgressing the Bounds of Modesty.”


Agon, French strategy game from the late 18th century

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Abalone at the 12th Summer Mind Sports for Children in La Palma

The “XII Juegos infantiles de deportes mentales de verano” (12th Summer Mind Sports for Children) took place at Breña Baja, a municipality on the eastern side of the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands (Spain).

This event was organized by the school league Aprender Jugando (“Learning by playing”). Aprender jugando’s purpose is to develop children and adults intelligence through strategy games and logic tests.


Flyer of the event (click to enlarge)

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Monday June 3, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Abalone special training with Abalone World Champion Vincent Frochot, from France.


Abalone World Champion Vincent Frochot playing simultaneous games.

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Wednesday June 5, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
The Abalone tournament.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Closure, awards ceremony and results.

You will find more pictures, videos and information on Aprender Jugando La Palma’s Facebook by clicking the picture below:

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Innovation of the month: June 2019

Every month a previously unreleased variation.

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I dedicate this variation to David Jameson, who is the best Welsh Abalone player I know (:

Welsh daisy


Coloured version by LGB
(but TIQA+ are also entitled to respect! q: )


Flag of Wales (since 1959)


Classic Black and White version by OCJ


Just created! (May 26, 2018, 17:01:01 GMT+2)

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This variation was created on May 26, 2018 in Paris by French Abalone player Olivier Charles-Joseph, best known online as OCJ.
The name was given by Frédéric Garnier.
As you can see it is a balanced variation 😎

Olivier Charles-Joseph won Silver at the 2018 Abalone World Championship along with David Pearce (England) and Frédéric Garnier (France). Gold was won by Vincent Frochot (France).

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