Improve your skills: what if problems are the solution?

July 21, 2019


Famous motivational speaker Anthony Robbins

“Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow.”

Tony Robbins, American life coach (1960-)

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A Belgian daisy middlegame. What a mess! Who will win?
Try both sides and get your own idea…

A game may be seen as a problem series.

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Problem of the month: July 2019

A previously unreleased endgame problem.

BULLETPROOF STRATEGY

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: A BIT TECHNICAL

5-4. Your turn. You play White and you win in 4 moves.
Both sides play in an energy efficiency mode, trying to move as few marbles as possible for the same result.
There may be several solutions.

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Deeper, Stronger, Shorter, Better

July 14, 2019


Paris (France), 14 July military parade 2016. Māori warriors parade on the Champs-Elysées.
(Photo Benoît Tessier / REUTERS)

“I orea te tuataraka pato ki waho”*

* A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.

Māori proverb

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Fear of losing or desire to win?

July 7, 2019


(Liverpool Football Club manager Jürgen Klopp)

“I do not believe that it’s the fear of losing, that makes you a winner. It’s rather the desire to win. That desire lets you grow beyond your own possibilities. It makes you strong.”

Jürgen Klopp, German football manager and former player (1967-)

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Thanks to Per Sørlie from Abstract Nation for the quotation.

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Problem of the month: June 2019

June 34, 2019 ^^’

A previously unreleased endgame problem.

DEAD ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: MEDIUM

5-5. You play Black. White just saved his skin by leaving D8. But his nightmare will continue: Black win in 3 moves* (by moving as few marbles as possible).

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*Black plays 3 moves, White plays 2 moves. Total: 5 “half-moves”.

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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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