Problem of the month: January 2020

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an idea of Vincent Frochot, Abalone world champion.

MOUSTACHE

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: MEDIUM / SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS

Black to play and win. Can you see how? 🦊

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Evaluation

January 19, 2020


Friedrich Nietzsche

“[…] in unserm überlegenden Bewußtsein treten vor einer Tat der Reihe nach die Folgen verschiedener Taten hervor, welche alle wir meinen tun zu können, und wir vergleichen diese Folgen. Wir meinen, zu einer Tat entschieden zu sein, wenn wir festgestellt haben, daß ihre Folgen die überwiegend günstigeren sein werden; ehe es zu diesem Abschluß unserer Erwägung kommt, quälen wir uns oft redlich, wegen der großen Schwierigkeit, die Folgen zu erraten, sie in ihrer ganzen Stärke zu sehen und zwar alle, ohne Fehler der Auslassung zu machen: wobei die Rechnung überdies noch mit dem Zufalle dividiert werden muß.”

(Morgenröte, Zweites Buch, 129. Der angebliche Kampf der Motive, 1881)

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[…] in our meditative consciousness, the consequences of different actions which we think we are able to carry out present themselves successively, one after the other, and we compare these consequences in our mind. We think we have come to a decision concerning an action after we have established to our own satisfaction that the consequences of this action will be favourable. Before we arrive at this conclusion, however, we often seriously worry because of the great difficulties we experience in guessing what the consequences are likely to be, and in seeing them in their full importance, without exception — and, after all this, we must reckon up any fortuitous elements that are likely to arise.

(The Dawn of Day, Book II, 129. The alleged combat of motives, 1881)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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Abalone Game Situation 5

A previously unreleased game situation.

COLD SWEAT 😅

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: ADVANCED 

White just played i6i7 to avoid an eject. The score is 3-5. Black to play. Is it possible for White to get off the hook and win the game? 🤔

Advice: play alternatively both side to find the best possible endgame (alone or with a friend) 😉

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The 2020s are beginning…

The 2020s are beginning. It’s time to take stock and make plans. What was the situation in 2010? Where are we today? What is the outlook for 2030?

Huge food for thought, I agree. Compared to this, the immediate choice of the right move to play in a game may sound as easy as 1-2-3. And yet it’s not always easy: you have to anticipate a few moves of your opponent in order to steer to your advantage the future of the game.

But if you think about it, doesn’t this prepare for that? In both cases – game and real life, with its real problems – isn’t it a question of looking for the best possible future, individually or together?

Good thinking, good choices, and a happy new year 2020! To all of you I wish all the best for the future!

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