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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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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The most despairing games

April 14, 2019


Book cover of Apostilles or the useful and the futile (1972), by Robert Mallet

“What is most despairing is not the impossible, but rather the failure to achieve the possible.”

(Apostille ou l’utile et le futile, Gallimard, 1972)

Robert Mallet, French writer (1915-2002)

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White is on the verge of victory…


…and yet loses!! What happened?!?

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Serial winner, serial killer?

April 7, 2019


“Now who’s the boss?” (`∀´)Ψ

“A winner is a losers’ maker.”

Albert Jacquard, French geneticist (1925-2013)

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Every winner should help its opponent to become a better player.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)

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