Basic rules of an abalone tournament

An abalone tournament is played mostly with the same rules as casual abalone. It is also governed by the main rules and regulations used in a chess tournament for every possible dispute or situation one might come across during a game in a tournament. Simply understanding these basic rules is more than enough to confidently play in any tournament.

• When in doubt, ask!

Never hesitate to ask a tournament director to clarify any confusion you may have about the rules. If you and an opponent have a disagreement, stop the clocks, find a director, and ask them to make a ruling.

• If you touch a marble, you must move it.

This is known as the touch-move rule, and is often a source of difficulty for players new to tournaments. Of course this rule only applies if you can make a legal move with the marble you touched. There are some exceptions. If you accidentally brush a marble, you are not required to move it. If a marble is awkwardly placed, you can adjust it; like in chess, simply say “I adjust” before touching the marble to make it clear to your opponent that you don’t intend to move it. It goes without saying that you are not allowed to touch an opponent’s marble.

• When you make your move, you must not hide the move from your opponent.

When it is your turn to move, be careful not to hide the move from your opponent, even accidentally with your hand, especially when you play a side-step move. During all the game, your opponent must be able to see what you are doing on the board.

• Some tournaments require players to record their moves.

This helps provide evidence of what has occurred during the game in case of a dispute. In order to record your game, you will need to know or to learn how to read and write an abalone notation (in most cases Aba-Pro).

• Never interfere with a game in progress.

In most abalone tournaments, you will be able to walk around the playing area and watch other games, provided you do so quietly. Observers are forbidden from telling players anything about their games, even if they notice a violation of the rules.

• Turn off your cell phone.

In recent years, new rules have been written to deal with loud phones, which can break the concentration of abalone players. If your phone rings in the playing area, you will likely be subject to a penalty, and may even have to forfeit your game.

• Understand how to use a chess clock.

An abalone tournament is played with time limits, which vary by event. Time is kept by using a chess clock. Using these clocks can be distracting at first, but will soon become second nature. Most importantly, remember to hit your clock after each move you make. This stops your clock and starts your opponent’s time. Also, be sure to use the same hand to move your pieces and touch the clock.

• After the game is over, record your result.

Win, lose, or draw, both players are required to make sure the proper result is recorded. If you are not sure where to mark down your result, ask a director for help.

Now, good games, and have fun!

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2017 MSO World-Braining Korea Championship

An official Abalone tournament will be part of the 2017 MSO World-Braining Korea Championship, which is the Korean version of the UK’s Mind Sports Olympiad.


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Date:

saturday, 3 and sunday, 4 of june 2017

Venue:

Korea Job World
Suwon, (4-6, Jeongja-dong)
501, Bundangsuseo-ro, Bundang-gu

Suwon lies about thirty kilometres/nineteen miles south of Seoul.

Details and booking:

  • by mail: coroncine2@naver.com
  • by phone: +82-(0) 31 8977114

More information at: http://www.msoworld.com/2017/02/mso-korea-championship/

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2017 Abalone World Championship: the date and time!

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The London 2017 Abalone World Championship will take place on:

Monday, August 21
from 10.15 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. (local time)

The venue is still:

JW3
341-351 Finchley Road
London NW3 6ET
United Kingdom

Registration are not yet open but if we got some news we will let you know.

More information at:

http://www.msoworld.com/schedule/

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Vincent Frochot wins the 2016 Abalone World Championship

The Abalone World Championship, one of the Mind Sports Olympiad events, took place on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at the JW3 (Jewish Community Centre for London), 341-351 Finchley Road, London, from 10.15am to 2.15pm.

At the end of the competition, results were as follows:

 gold

Vincent Frochot

 France
 silver

Frédéric Garnier

 France
 bronze

David Pearce

 England

 

Congratulations to Vincent, who wins the title for the fifth time, following four earlier wins in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2015.

And congratulations to David Pearce for the demanding task of organizing this Swiss-system tournament.

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Abalone World Championship 2015: the final!

Here is a video that’s worth gold! The 2015 Abalone World Championship’s final game, complemented with commentary by this year’s tournament winner himself – Vincent Frochot. Enjoy!

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You can view the game in pdf format by clicking the picture below:

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Aba-Pro notation of the game :

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1.a1b2 i5h5 2.a2b3 i6h6 3.b3c4 g4g5 4.i9h8 h6g6 5.c2c3 c6c7d6 6.g7g9f7 g5h5f4 7.b2c3 h4g4 8.h7i8h6 a4b4a3 9.e5d5 g4f4 10.b4b5 f4e4 11.c5b4 g6f5 12.f7f9e7 f5e5 13.b5b6c5 f6e5 14.a3b4a4 e6d6 15.e9e8 c6d6 16.b5c5 d7c6 17.b6b5 c6d6 18.h8h9g7 f5e4 19.b1a1 c2c3 20.g7g8f7 f6e6 21.a4b5 e4d4 22.g6h6g7 c3c4 23.c7b6 d7c6 24.g7i7f6 d4c4 25.a1b2 a4b5 26.f8f7 d7d6 27.g6g5 b4c4 28.e7f7 c6d6 29.h6g5 f6e6 30.g7g6 b3b4 31.g6f5 c2d2 32.b6c7 c6c5 33.f7f6 d2e3 34.c2d2 d6d5 35.f5e4 b5c5 36.d1d2 c5d5 37.d3e4 c2c3 38.e4d3 e3e4 39.d2d3 c3c4 40.e8e7 d6c5 41.c7d8 e4e5 42.d8e8 b4c4 43.g4f4 e7e6 44.e8f8e7 d7d6 45.e3f4 a3b3 46.d3d4 d7c6 47.h5g4 b3a3 48.g4g5 e4e5 49.e8f8 b4c4 50.g5g6 c6c5 51.d6d5 e7e6 52.h6g6 a3b4 53.d4d5 c3d4 54.d5d6 d8c7 55.e6d6 b4c5 56.e7d7 g8h8 57.f6g7 i9i8 58.f7g7

Vincent Frochot wins the 2015 Abalone World Championship

The Abalone World Championship, one of the Mind Sports Olympiad events, took place on Tuesday August 25, 2015 at the JW3 (Jewish Community Centre for London), 341-351 Finchley Road, London, from 10.15am to 1.45pm.

At the end of the competition, results were as follows:

 gold

Vincent Frochot

 France
 silver

David Pearce

 England
 bronze

Joel Malam

 England

 

Congratulations to Vincent, who wins the title for the fourth time, following three earlier wins in 2007, 2010, and 2011.

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2015 Abalone World Championship: it’s time to register!

The London 2015 Abalone World Championship is part of the Mind Sports Olympiad, the greatest and most famous festival for games of mental skill and mind sports.

This year, the event will take place on:

Tuesday, August 25
from 10.15 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. (local time)

And like last year, the venue is:

JW3
341-351 Finchley Road
London NW3 6ET
United Kingdom

Single session events are still £10. Just note that all events are open to spectators, free of charge.

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(click on the picture for further information about the 2015 AWC event)

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(click on the picture to register)

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