Free to decide

January 21, 2018


Dolores O’Riordan, who died on 15 January 2018.

“I’ll live [play] as I choose,
Or I will not live [play] at all.

[Free to decide, track 4 from the album To The Faithful Departed (1996),
by The Cranberries]

Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (1971-2018)

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Irish rock band The Cranberries.
Left to right: Mike Hogan, Fergal Lawler, Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan.

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The Irish daisy is an unbalanced variation.

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Did you really find the best move?

October 22, 2017

Dr. Emanuel Lasker der deutsche Ex-Schachweltmeister, beabsichtigt im Frühjahr dieses Jahres seine Weltmeisterschaft wieder zurückzuerobern!
Dr. Emanuel Lasker in seinem Berliner Heim.

“Wenn du einen guten Zug siehst, such nach einem besseren.” *
* “When you see a good move, look for a better one.”

Emanuel Lasker, German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher (1868-1941)

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Stay motivated!

September 24, 2017


‘Old Lion’ Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill, English statesman (1874-1965)

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Two players’ visiting cards from old versions of MiGs (click to enlarge).

Vincent Frochot wins the 2017 Abalone World Championship

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:


Abalone World Championship 2017: the medallists’ Swiss Tournament pairing cards

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

Just dare it!

June 18, 2017


Friedrich Nietzsche circa 1875, by F. Hartmann in Basel (public domain)

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“Man vergilt einem Lehrer schlecht, wenn man immer nur der Schüler bleibt. Und warum wollt ihr nicht an meinem Kranze rupfen?”

(Ecce Homo, Vorwort, 1888)

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One repays a teacher poorly if one always remains only a student. And why would you not pluck at my wreath?

(Ecce Homo, Foreword, 1888)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.