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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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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Abalone, open!

Chess, Draughts or Othello have only one starting position:


Starting position in chess from black side


Starting position in international draughts from black side


Starting position in Othello

Abalone has dozens! (:

Enough to play one thousand and one nights (^_-)—☆


An abalonian version of the Scheherazade story q:

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Every game is unique.

December 16, 2018


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave recording his game during a tournament.

“A game is never an unchanged reproduction of another game already played in the past.”

(Joueur d’échecs*, p.30, Fayard, october 2017)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French chess grandmaster (1990-)

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* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s website

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About unequal fights

September 23, 2018


Engraving representing Pierre Corneille, 17th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

“Spare my courage an unequal battle;
There is no honour for me in victory:
The lack of risk will deny me glory.”

(Le Cid, Act 2, Scene 2, 1637 – Translated by A. S. Kline, 2007)

Pierre Corneille, French tragedian (1606-1684)

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Abalone World Championship 2018 – Round 6 – Player n°6 vs. Player n°9 (White’s POV)

Mind Sports Olympiad: Abalone World Championship 2018 live stream

The 2018 Abalone World Championship took place in London on Monday, August 20. And the winner is…

The event is presented by Paco Garcia de la Banda and Steve Raine. Enjoy!

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