3rd International Mind Sports Open (Online)

Hello Abalone players and other abstract players!
Yesterday, Franscesco Salerno shared this interesting piece of information on Facebook:

Hi all! I wanted to let you know that the Mind Sports Event supposed to be held in Madrid on the first days of May, organized by MusiChess and @aprenderjugandolapalma, has been postponed (more info in the next months) for the reasons we all know.

Considering most of us will spend long time at home, the event has been reconverted into an online event! The format is different and quite interesting. There are 3 main tournaments (Modern Abstract Strategy, Classic Abstract Strategy, Chess Variants) and the players will have to play all the games proposed for each round. Around 4 days per round for a total of a month roughly, starting on the 1st of April.

Have a look on the rules!

Stay safe everyone and keep playing!!

Franscesco Salerno

Abalone Game Situation 6

A situation from an online game played on MiGs in 2017.

A PSYCHOPATHIC OPENING 😅

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: FROM BEGINNERS TO EXPERTS


Situation after the move 7y. Black to play 8x.

They started with a Belgian daisy. The game may be short. Black to play. Choose your side an play the position against a friend or an AI. Good game and… good choices! 😉

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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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Ooh, everybody here! This is the game of the year!*

2019 MSO Game of the Year

We are delighted to introduce the Mind Sports Olympiad Game of the Year award. The 2019 award goes to Colour Chess. Colour Chess was immensley popular this year and will be returning to MSO in 2020. Chess Grandmaster Matthew Sadler who won this year’s Colour Chess World Championship wrote a great article on MSO’s chess variants for Chess magazine. Colour Chess is also available as an an iPhone and Android app.

The Mind Sports Olympiad Game of the Year is a new initiative that aims to celebrate new competitive board games. Candidate games have to be relatively new and included in the official MSO schedule. Players will have the opportunity to vote as of next year and the final selection will be made by combining the players’ and committee’s votes.

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* This title is inspired from Prince‘s song Jam Of The Year, track 1 from the album Emancipation (1996)

2019 London Chess Classic

2019 LONDON CHESS CLASSIC


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The London Chess Classic is the UK’s largest chess tournament and is back at Olympia from November 29 to December 8. In addition to the Fide Open section, there are numerous sections for various rated players alongside blitz and rapid tournaments. The prize fund features over £27,000. There is free entry to all tournaments for women and under 25s who are UK residents.

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The sound of the marbles

August 4, 2019


Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group
(© Rick Wilking / REUTERS)

“Solving problems means listening.”

Richard Branson, British businessman (1950-)

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White to play now.

Listening to this move will help you to anticipate your opponent’s intentions: what should be black next move?

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