A very happy new year to everyone!
The Abalone World Championship – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Monday August 21st, 2017 from 10am to around 1pm.
The 2017 MSO Medal Table is available HERE.
Congratulations to Vincent FROCHOT who wins the title for the sixth time, following five earlier wins in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015 and 2016. Ten years after his first participation, he is still at the top!
As you can see on the picture below, Silver and Bronze medals were attributed by points: due to the swiss pairing system used at the MSO, the two runners-up did not have the opportunity – and above all the pleasure! – of playing together. Maybe next time… Nico HABRAKEN from Belgium won Silver with 11 points, and Frédéric GARNIER won Bronze with 10 points:
Congratulations as well to Victor HERNANDEZ LUIS from Spain, who won gold in the Junior category: having played against him I can tell you that he is a very good player!
Thank you to all the organizers of the MSO, and to the competitors who made this event such a great time!
Frédéric Garnier, alias FightClub
An abalone tournament is played mostly with the same rules as casual abalone. It is also governed by the main rules and regulations used in a chess tournament for every possible dispute or situation one might come across during a game in a tournament. Simply understanding these basic rules is more than enough to confidently play in any tournament.
Never hesitate to ask a tournament director to clarify any confusion you may have about the rules. If you and an opponent have a disagreement, stop the clocks, find a director, and ask them to make a ruling.
This is known as the touch-move rule, and is often a source of difficulty for players new to tournaments. Of course this rule only applies if you can make a legal move with the marble you touched. There are some exceptions. If you accidentally brush a marble, you are not required to move it. If a marble is awkwardly placed, you can adjust it; like in chess, simply say “I adjust” before touching the marble to make it clear to your opponent that you don’t intend to move it. It goes without saying that you are not allowed to touch an opponent’s marble.
When it is your turn to move, be careful not to hide the move from your opponent, even accidentally with your hand, especially when you play a side-step move. During all the game, your opponent must be able to see what you are doing on the board.
This helps provide evidence of what has occurred during the game in case of a dispute. In order to record your game, you will need to know or to learn how to read and write an abalone notation (in most cases Aba-Pro).
In most abalone tournaments, you will be able to walk around the playing area and watch other games, provided you do so quietly. Observers are forbidden from telling players anything about their games, even if they notice a violation of the rules.
In recent years, new rules have been written to deal with loud phones, which can break the concentration of abalone players. If your phone rings in the playing area, you will likely be subject to a penalty, and may even have to forfeit your game.
An abalone tournament is played with time limits, which vary by event. Time is kept by using a chess clock. Using these clocks can be distracting at first, but will soon become second nature. Most importantly, remember to hit your clock after each move you make. This stops your clock and starts your opponent’s time. Also, be sure to use the same hand to move your marbles and touch the clock.
Win, lose, or draw, both players are required to make sure the proper result is recorded. If you are not sure where to mark down your result, ask a director for help.
Now, good games, and have fun!
Adapted for abalone from this article about chess: http://allyearchess.blogspot.fr/2011/04/basic-rules-of-tournament-chess.html
An official Abalone tournament will be part of the 2017 MSO World-Braining Korea Championship, which is the Korean version of the UK’s Mind Sports Olympiad.
Suwon lies about thirty kilometres/nineteen miles south of Seoul.
Details and booking:
More information at: http://www.msoworld.com/2017/02/mso-korea-championship/
The London 2017 Abalone World Championship will take place on:
The venue is still:
341-351 Finchley Road
London NW3 6ET
Registration are not yet open but if we got some news we will let you know.
More information at: