Abalone at the 12th Summer Mind Sports for Children in La Palma

The “XII Juegos infantiles de deportes mentales de verano” (12th Summer Mind Sports for Children) took place at Breña Baja, a municipality on the eastern side of the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands (Spain).

This event was organized by the school league Aprender Jugando (“Learning by playing”). Aprender jugando’s purpose is to develop children and adults intelligence through strategy games and logic tests.


Flyer of the event (click to enlarge)

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Monday June 3, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Abalone special training with Abalone World Champion Vincent Frochot, from France.


Abalone World Champion Vincent Frochot playing simultaneous games.

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Wednesday June 5, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
The Abalone tournament.

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Thursday June 6, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Closure, awards ceremony and results.

You will find more pictures, videos and information on Aprender Jugando La Palma’s Facebook by clicking the picture below:

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Total respect!

March 10, 2019

“Ce n’était pas un mage
Mais un sage poète
Qui m’a délivré ce message :
RESPECT!”*

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* It wasn’t a mage
But a wise poet
who delivered to me this message:
RESPECT!

[Quelle aventure (No Sé featuring Ménélik),
from the album Phénoménélik (1995), track 18]

Albert Tjamag, best known as Ménélik, French rapper (1970-)

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Two young Abalone champions from Ile-de-France, february 2019

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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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Let’s put our cards on the table.

Monday August 20st, 2018, 10:46am, London, UK:


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Abalone World Championship 2018. All the players’ pairing cards are spread out in front of the Tournament Arbiter. Round one is still running. Some players have already finished their game, others have not.

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About unequal fights

September 23, 2018


Engraving representing Pierre Corneille, 17th century, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

“Spare my courage an unequal battle;
There is no honour for me in victory:
The lack of risk will deny me glory.”

(Le Cid, Act 2, Scene 2, 1637 – Translated by A. S. Kline, 2007)

Pierre Corneille, French tragedian (1606-1684)

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Abalone World Championship 2018 – Round 6 – Player n°6 vs. Player n°9 (White’s POV)

Abalone World Championship 2018: detailed results

The Abalone World Championship – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Monday August 20st, 2018 from 10am to around 2pm.

Here are the detailed results of the tournament:


(access the detailed results by clicking on the picture)

I will not publish the global ranking because it is not relevant: due to the Swiss pairing, level may vary significantly among players with the same number of wins.

In my opinion what matters most is who won against who and with which colour, and who won all his/her games.

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