Problem of the month: January 2020

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an idea of Vincent Frochot, Abalone world champion.

MOUSTACHE

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: MEDIUM / SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS

Black to play and win. Can you see how? 🦊

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Problem of the month: May 2019

A previously unreleased endgame problem. I dedicate it to my friend Vincent Frochot (:

SIDE EFFECTS

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: QUITE BEGINNER-FRIENDLY

5-5. You play White. Black just dodged your attack by playing a side move (e8f9d8). Now it’s your turn. In any case, you win in 3 moves (:

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Get out your fork!

A fork is a tactic move whereby several opponent pieces are directly and simultaneously attacked.

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A previously unreleased Abalone exercise.

EAT YOUR PEAS, DAISY!


You play stainless steel (grey) versus vegetable (green).
Your turn to move. Enjoy your meal! q:

A good fork! This is what you need to catch three of these runaway little green balls ^^
If you play the best possible move, how many tines will your fork have?

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Abalone Game Situation 2

The purpose of this new post category is to give you some material to practice on whatever your level.
Unlike abalone problems, these abalone game situations may not be endgames but just middlegames, and endgames may not have a single solution.

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TURN: WHITE

White to move. Who will win?
Test it with some friend or against an AI and tell us the outcome (:

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An Abalone game review, by Slouching towards Thatcham (reblog)

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Abstract (themeless) strategy games such as chess, draughts, Go and Reversi/Othello are among the most popular and enduring that people play. How does Abalone stack up against these? I was provided with a copy of this game for review purposes. The first thing you notice when you open Abalone’s eye-catching hexagonal box is how simple […]

I was provided with a copy of this game for review purposes.

The first thing you notice when you open Abalone’s eye-catching hexagonal box is how simple its contents are. Two pleasingly solid sets of 14 marbles – one black, one white – and a black hexagonal board. That’s it.

There are no convoluted rules to learn: it’s more like draughts than chess in this respect. The instruction booklet, such as it is, is just four pages long. From opening up the packaging, you can be all clued up and playing for the first time within five minutes.

The board itself initially seems light and plasticky but is actually strong and durable and stands up to repeated play. It comprises 61 holes that can hold individual marbles. A six-sided ‘moat’ runs around the outside, ready to catch any marbles that are pushed over the edge.

And that’s the aim of Abalone… [Read more on Abalone game review — Slouching towards Thatcham]