Material advantage vs. Positional advantage


Black has a material advantage, but White has a huge positional advantage.

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To the experienced abalone player, winning this game with White may be as easy as 1-2-3. But a beginner might have trouble…

And you? What are you able to do with this? Just test it with your friends (:

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Korean daisy, by Hyunmin Kim

Here is a highly interesting balanced variation! It was created by the young Hyunmin KIM, from South Korea, on Monday 20, August 2018, in London, UK, during the Abalone World Championship 2018:


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Please try it and tell us about it! (:

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Diversity is better!

February 11, 2018


Peter Kropotkin (Пётр Кропоткин), photographic portrait by Nadar.

“[…] variety, conflict even, is life and […] uniformity is death.”

(Anarchism: its philosophy and ideal, 1896)

Peter Kropotkin (Пётр Кропоткин),
Russian scientist and anarchist theorist (1842-1921)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Abalone according to the official rule: a dull uniformity ):

vs.

Abalone according to the player community: a joyful variety! (:

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This series of quotes is about Anarchy, Freedom, and disobedience to the arbitrary imposed rules.

See also : Sons of Strategy

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Free to decide

January 21, 2018


Dolores O’Riordan, who died on 15 January 2018.

“I’ll live [play] as I choose,
Or I will not live [play] at all.”

[Free to decide, track 4 from the album To The Faithful Departed (1996),
by The Cranberries]

Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (1971-2018)

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Irish rock band The Cranberries.
Left to right: Mike Hogan, Fergal Lawler, Dolores O’Riordan, Noel Hogan.

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The Irish daisy is an unbalanced variation.

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Obstacles don’t have to stop you.

August 13, 2017


Michael Jordan

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Michael Jordan, American professional basketball player (1963-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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THE WALL

All variations in the Wall of variations

I prefer to lose…

December 11, 2016

davidneillawrencelevy

(picture source: http://www.chessgames.com/player/david_neil_lawrence_levy.html)

“I prefer to lose a really good game than to win a bad one.”

David Neil Lawrence Levy*, British IM of chess (1945-)

* David Levy is also the founder of the Computer Olympiads and the Mind Sports Olympiads.

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Curious about the end? The complete game 26599 is available on MiGs history!

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Innovation of the month: October 2015

Every month a previously unreleased variation.

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Double Dutch Pillar

Game set: Abalone Quattro
Players: 2
Colours: 3
Marbles: 28
Marbles per player: 12
Number of marbles to eject: 5

Double Dutch Pillar

Rules:

The rules are the same as those of the classical two-player abalone, with only two exceptions:

  •  B2, B5, H5, and H8 are occupied by the red marbles, which you aren’t allowed to move as they represent pillars. Like the columns of an ancient Greek temple, the pillars cannot be pushed out of the way and prevent you from using the space they occupy.
  • The number of marbles you have to eject is only 5 (41,66 %) to stick close to the ejection rate of the classical version of the game (42,85 %).

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