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January 19, 2020


Friedrich Nietzsche

“[…] in unserm überlegenden Bewußtsein treten vor einer Tat der Reihe nach die Folgen verschiedener Taten hervor, welche alle wir meinen tun zu können, und wir vergleichen diese Folgen. Wir meinen, zu einer Tat entschieden zu sein, wenn wir festgestellt haben, daß ihre Folgen die überwiegend günstigeren sein werden; ehe es zu diesem Abschluß unserer Erwägung kommt, quälen wir uns oft redlich, wegen der großen Schwierigkeit, die Folgen zu erraten, sie in ihrer ganzen Stärke zu sehen und zwar alle, ohne Fehler der Auslassung zu machen: wobei die Rechnung überdies noch mit dem Zufalle dividiert werden muß.”

(Morgenröte, Zweites Buch, 129. Der angebliche Kampf der Motive, 1881)

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[…] in our meditative consciousness, the consequences of different actions which we think we are able to carry out present themselves successively, one after the other, and we compare these consequences in our mind. We think we have come to a decision concerning an action after we have established to our own satisfaction that the consequences of this action will be favourable. Before we arrive at this conclusion, however, we often seriously worry because of the great difficulties we experience in guessing what the consequences are likely to be, and in seeing them in their full importance, without exception — and, after all this, we must reckon up any fortuitous elements that are likely to arise.

(The Dawn of Day, Book II, 129. The alleged combat of motives, 1881)

Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

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Back to the roots of Abalone

It all started 30 years ago… After the first edition in 1988, the game Abalone has spanned generations and years with the same authenticity and it became a classic and powerful abstract game.

Here is a beautiful video from the official Abalone Facebook account, showing a testimony of the designers Michel Lalet and Laurent Lévi about the origins of their game:

The day that changed my life

December 30, 2018


Abalone Deluxe, front


Abalone Deluxe, back

“One Christmas evening, my destiny changed dramatically.
On this day, my father had the great idea to slip a chess game [an Abalone game] under the Christmas tree in our family home. He had no idea that this initiative would change my life.”

(Joueur d’échecs*, p.13, Fayard, october 2017)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French chess grandmaster (1990-)

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* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s website

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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-)

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* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s website

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Do you really love it?

December 2, 2018


Magnus Carlsen at age 26

“Without the element of enjoyment,
it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”

Magnus Carlsen,
Norwegian chess grandmaster,
current World Chess Champion (1990-)

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World Chess Championship 2018 on Wikipedia

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