All players are artists.

September 2, 2018

Marcel Duchamp moulé vif, 1967
(bronze with brown patina, onyx and black Belgian marble – further details here)

“Having been close to both artists and chess [or abalone] players, I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess [or abalone] players, all chess [or abalone] players are artists.”

Marcel Duchamp, French/American artist and chess player (1887-1968)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.



Abalone World Championship 2018 – Round 4, move 21, Black to move

(click to enlarge)


Unseen of

August 27, 2017

Steve Prefontaine running for the University of Oregon, USA.

“Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run [play abalone]. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run [play abalone] like that before.’ It’s more than just a race [game], it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.”

Steve Prefontaine, American middle and long-distance runner (1951-1975)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Art is long, life is short

February 14, 2016


“Ὁ βίος βραχύς,
ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή,
ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς,
ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή,
ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.”



“Vita brevis,
ars longa,
occasio praeceps,
experimentum periculosum,
iudicium difficile.”

(Hippocrates, Aphorismi 1.1)


“Life is short,
art is long,
opportunity is fleeting,
experience is perilous,
decision is difficult.”

(Aphorismi, section one, 1)

Hippocrates, Greek physician and philosopher (c. 460 BCE – c. 370 BCE)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

The great abalone contest

You don’t need to be an outstanding player to take part in the contest; however, it is better not to have two left hands.

The general idea: create your own abalone board, take a picture, or even better, film it in action. Send us your pictures and we will publish it on the blog. Readers of the blog will vote for the one they like the most. The winner will be rewarded by having their picture used as an illustration for the blog during six months.

It is not forbidden to compete with this kind of abalone board and marbles, but in addition to aesthetics, the gameplay will of course be an important aspect at the point of voting.


If you lack inspiration, go and see these unique pieces which prove that with some cleverness, know-how and aesthetic sense, an abalone board can be all but a mere piece of plastic.

Please note that computer generated images are excluded from this contest, but could be the subject of a future competition.

Deadline for submission of your work in order to take part in the contest: September 1, 2015. Of course, we will be happy to publish any creation even those sent after this date.


Abalone, a permanent art form

December 14, 2014


Go Seigen at the Ing Cup finals in March 2009. Photo: Zhang Jingna*



Aba-go (design & picture by Eob)


“[…] for people who play it, Go [Abalone] is like an eternal friend, a permanent art form.”

Go Seigen, Chinese-born Japanese Go grandmaster (1914-2014)

*  Zhang Jingna is a Singapore based professional photographer and a Go player



All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.