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)

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An Abalone “complicated position”

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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! (:

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The power of imagination

“L’imagination prend le pouvoir.”*

(Slogan de mai 68, rue de Seine, Paris, 3 mai 1968)

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* Imagination takes power.

(Parisian May 68 slogan, rue de Seine, Paris, France, May 3, 1968)

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A powerful opening for Black, played by MLA (IA) – max

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Will, Knowledge and Freedom

March 11, 2018


Voltairine de Cleyre in Philadelphia, 1901 (age 35)
(picture from Wikimedia Commons)

“[…] for whatever was without, within my own Will was supreme. It has moved steadily in one direction, the knowledge and the assertion of its own liberty, with the responsibility falling thereon. This, I am sure, is the ultimate reason for my acceptance of Anarchism.”

(The Making of an Anarchist)

Voltairine de Cleyre, American anarcha-feminist (1866-1912)

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Symbol of the anarcha-feminism movement

Why so few girls and women play games like Chess, Go, or Abalone?

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This series of quotes is about Anarchy, Freedom, and disobedience to the arbitrary imposed rules.

See also : Sons of Strategy

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Freedom for Abalone!

February 25, 2018


Mikhail Bakunin (Михаил Бакунин) circa 1860, photographic portrait by Nadar.

“Talk to them about freedom, and they will cry anarchy; […].”

(The Knouto-Germanic Empire and the Social Revolution, 1871)

Mikhail Bakunin (Михаил Бакунин),
Russian philosopher and anarchist (1814-1876)

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Ok, but Abalone players deserve much better than a lousy app!

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This series of quotes is about Anarchy, Freedom, and disobedience to the arbitrary imposed rules.

See also : Sons of Strategy

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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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