Take your chance!

August 11, 2019


Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington circa 1940s.

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

Duke Ellington, American jazz musician (1899-1974)

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Duke Ellington playing the piano (undated).

No problem for him: Duke Ellington can play Black and White in the same time! (^_-)b

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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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How to become a problem-solving leader?

July 28, 2019


(Gerald M. Weinberg at the BizConf in August 21, 2009, by Carl-Johan Kihlbom)

“Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way.”

Gerald Weinberg, American computer scientist (1933-2018)

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A Belgian daisy middlegame: Aba-Pro level 10 (Black) vs. Human (White).

I can hardly imagine that Aba-Pro level 10 really played this last move oÔ

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Improve your skills: what if problems are the solution?

July 21, 2019


Famous motivational speaker Anthony Robbins

“Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow.”

Tony Robbins, American life coach (1960-)

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A Belgian daisy middlegame. What a mess! Who will win?
Try both sides and get your own idea…

A game may be seen as a problem series.

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Deeper, Stronger, Shorter, Better

July 14, 2019


Paris (France), 14 July military parade 2016. Māori warriors parade on the Champs-Elysées.
(Photo Benoît Tessier / REUTERS)

“I orea te tuataraka pato ki waho”*

* A problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.

Māori proverb

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Fear of losing or desire to win?

July 7, 2019


(Liverpool Football Club manager Jürgen Klopp)

“I do not believe that it’s the fear of losing, that makes you a winner. It’s rather the desire to win. That desire lets you grow beyond your own possibilities. It makes you strong.”

Jürgen Klopp, German football manager and former player (1967-)

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Thanks to Per Sørlie from Abstract Nation for the quotation.

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Alea iacta est: the die is cast… in the garbage!

June 30, 2019


(Lisa Rougetet in january 2018)

The intervention of chance in a game is, in a way, a mechanism that takes the decisions out of the player’s hand. As combinatorial games are determinated, that is, without chance, there is a finite set of possible solutions, and therefore there is always a succession of moves which leads to victory (or to a draw). We can therefore build a winning strategy, which leaves full control to the player over the game, even if he has to anticipate the opponent’s moves.

(Interview by the Henri Poincaré Institute;
translated by FightClub & Maath)

Lisa Rougetet, French historian of mathematics (19??-)

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