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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Abalone Game Situation 4

A previously unreleased game situation.

DANGEROUSLY ON THE BRINK

TURN: BLACK

The score is 4-5. Black to play. White just played c4d5 and Black played f3g4 before. Who will win this crazy endgame?

Keep in mind that in a real game, players may not find the best solution (^_-)—☆

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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 Game Situation 3

A previously unreleased game situation.

FREE AT LAST?*

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: STRONG HEADACHE

The score is 4-5. Will Black be able to save the I7 marble and win the game?

* reference to a negro spiritual quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963 at the end of his famous speech I have a dream.

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Get out your fork!

A fork is a tactic move whereby several opponent pieces are directly and simultaneously attacked.

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A previously unreleased Abalone exercise.

EAT YOUR PEAS, DAISY!


You play stainless steel (grey) versus vegetable (green).
Your turn to move. Enjoy your meal! q:

A good fork! This is what you need to catch three of these runaway little green balls ^^
If you play the best possible move, how many tines will your fork have?

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