A visionary mind

Napoleon Bonaparte. Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 at the battle. Detail of a painting by Joseph Chabord 1786-1848. Museo Napoleonico, Rome Italy

“Imagination rules the world [of Abalone].”

(quoted by Las Cases in Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène *, January 7, 1816 **)

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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If you’re an inventive player, you create more opportunities to destabilize your opponent. They will need more time to think and will become more likely to make mistakes. This will give you the upper hand in the game.

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Problem of May 2018: an easier version

A previously unreleased endgame problem by saabalone.

AN EASIER FINGER-TO-FINGER COMBAT

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The previous problem of May 2018 seems to be undecidable. Here is an easier (but still difficult) version from this problem.

Good luck!

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TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: STILL DIFFICULT ^^’

5-5. White to move. Who will win?

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Logic vs. Imagination


Albert Einstein in 1929

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Attributed to Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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A1B2 in Aba-Pro notation (A1D4 in Nacre notation)

Go from A to B is not a bad way to start an abalone game (^_-)—☆

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The power of imagination

“L’imagination prend le pouvoir.”*

(Slogan de mai 68, rue de Seine, Paris, 3 mai 1968)

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* Imagination takes power.

(Parisian May 68 slogan, rue de Seine, Paris, France, May 3, 1968)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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A powerful opening for Black, played by MLA (IA) – max

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Adversity is the best way to improve your performance.


Malcolm X, also known as El-Hajj Malek El-Shabazz, was murdered on February 21, 1965.

“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.”

(unsourced)

Malcolm X, human rights activist (1925-1965)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Adversity is the true measure of your worth.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. jailed in Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama, in April 1963.

“The ultimate measure of a man [or a player] is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

(On being a good neighbor, Strength to Love, 1963)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights activist (1929-1968)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Comfort and convenience

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Challenge and controversy

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