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)


White is on the verge of victory…

…and yet loses!! What happened?!?


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Failures teaches success.

January 6, 2019

“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.”

(2009 National Address to America’s Students)

Barack Obama (1961-)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Happy new year 2019!

I wish you all to have exciting and successful projects!

For the players always looking for better results, take courage: the way that leads to victory will be full of pitfalls!

But remember, enjoy yourselves! Because when it comes to games, having fun is more important than winning (^_-)—☆

Good games to all! (:



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-)


* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s website

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Keep calm and use logic!

October 28, 2018

John van der Wiel, Tilburg chess tournament, round 1, Netherlands, October 12, 1983

“When you absolutely don’t know what to do anymore, it is time to panic.”

John van der Wiel, Dutch chess grandmaster (1959-)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.


Another Abalone complicated position.

Don’t panic!

In this case, all you have to do is:



No challenge, no fun.

October 21, 2018

Jan Hein Donner playing in Beverwijk, Netherlands, January 12, 1960

“I love all positions.
Give me a difficult positional game, I will play it.
Give me a bad position, I will defend it.
Openings, endgames, complicated positions, dull draws,
I love them and I will do my very best.
But totally won positions, I cannot stand them.”

(Hein Donner in the Clubblad Doodzonde Denken, 1950)

Johannes Hendrikus ‘Jan Hein’ Donner, Dutch chess grandmaster (1927-1988)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.


An Abalone “complicated position”


Korean daisy, by Hyunmin Kim

Here is a highly interesting balanced variation! It was created by the young Hyunmin KIM, from South Korea, on Monday 20, August 2018, in London, UK, during the Abalone World Championship 2018:

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(The original picture. Click to enlarge)

Please try it and tell us about it! (: