No position without opposition

Yin and Yang

“We can’t paint white over white neither can we paint black over black. Each needs the other to reveal itself.”

African proverb

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White over White and Black over Black /-:

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Will you find the original two-coloured position? This is a Belgian daisy opening after a few moves (^_^)



A success story

January 28, 2018

French master chef Paul Bocuse, who died on 20 January 2018.

“The two secrets of a success: quality and creativity.”

Paul Bocuse, great French chef and restaurateur (1926-2018)

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Aba-Pro notation of this fictional game:

Belgian daisy
1.a1b2 b4c5c4 2.c2c3 a4b5 3.b2c3 b6c6 4.i8h7 i6h6 5.h7g7 g4g5 6.g8f7 g5g6 7.g9f8 b5c5 8.f8e7 h4h5 9.e7e6 h5h6 10.i9h9 g6g7 11.d4e5 i5h5 12.e6f6 d7d6 13.f5g5 e4d4 14.g5g6 c6c5 15.h9g8 c5c4 16.b3b4 c3c2 17.g8f7 d4c4 18.e5f6 c4b4 19.a2b2 c1c2 20.h8g7 a5a4 21.b5c5 a3b3 22.g7f6 d3c2 23.g6f6 b1c1 24.f7e6 b4b3 25.e6d5 c3d3 26.d6d5 d2d1 27.f6e5 d1c1 28.c5c4 c1b1



Turbot au champagne et pommes soufflées.

Turbot in Champagne: the recipe


January 14, 2018

French pop singer France Gall, who died on 7 January 2018

Prouve que tu existes.” *

* “Resist
And prove that you exist.”

[from Résiste (Resist),
a song written by Michel Berger and performed by France Gall,
from the album Tout pour la musique* (1981), track 5]

* Everything for music

France Gall, French singer (1947-2018)


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Game 18416 from MiGs, Belgian daisy, boulet vs. spectateur, played online on August 3, 2013:

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Despite a bad opening, Black strongly resisted, and won at the end!


Aba-Pro notation of the full game:

Belgian daisy
1.a1b2 i5h5 2.a2b3 a5b5 3.c2c3 c6c7d6 4.i9h9 i6h6 5.b3c4 d6e6 6.b2c3 e6f7 7.c5e5c6 h5g5 8.c4d4c5 a4b4 9.c5d6 b4c4 10.i8i9 c4d4 11.d5d6 h4g4 12.d7d6 f4e3 13.e6d6 h6g6 14.e7d6 b5b4 15.d6d5 g5f5 16.b6b5 b3c4 17.h7g7 f5f6 18.h9h8 d8d7 19.b5c6 d3e4 20.c6d7 d5e6 21.d4d5 c4d4 22.b4b5 g4g5 23.b5d5a4 f9e9 24.a4b4 f5f6 25.b4c4 f4f5 26.g9f9 g8f8 27.d8d7 g4g5 28.h8h7 f5g6 29.e9d8 g6h7 30.d8d7 i8h8 31.c4d4 h7h8 32.h6g6 g5f5 33.d6d5 f7f8 34.g8f7 f8e7 35.b1c2 f5e5 36.i9i8 h9h8 37.d4e4 d5d6 38.f4g4f5 d6d7 39.g5g6 e6f6 40.i8i7 h8i8 41.i7h6 e5f6 42.f7e6 e8e7 43.h6g5 d7e7 44.g5f4 f9f8 45.c3d4 e6f6 46.c5d5 h6h7 47.f4e3 h7h8 48.d3c3 c1d1 49.c2d2 h9h8 50.c3d3 g8f7 51.d3c3 f8f7 52.d2e3c2 e7f8 53.f4f3 g6i8g5 54.f3e2 h6i7h5 55.d3e3 f8e7 56.e5d4 h5g5 57.d5d4 g7h8g6 58.d1d2 i6h6 59.d2d3 d8d7 60.b2c3 h6h5 61.e5d4 h5g5 62.d5d4 f7e6 63.d2e3 g6f6 64.c2d3 g5g6 65.f5e4 g8f7 66.f4e3 f7e6 67.e4d4 h7g6 68.c2d3 f5f6 69.c4d4 f7e6 70.e2d2 g6f5 71.f4e4 b4c5 72.c2d2 f5f6 73.c4c3 e7d6 74.e2e3 f7e6 75.e3f4 c5d5 76.f5f4 e7e6 77.c2d3 d7e7 78.f3e2 c4d5 79.d2c2 f7f6 80.c2c3 b4c5 81.c4d4 d5e6 82.d3e4 d6d5 83.b2c3c2 g6f6 84.d4e4 h4h5 85.f3f4 d6e6 86.g6g5 h5h6 87.g4h5 h6g6 88.f5f4 g7h7 89.c2d3 a4b4 90.e2f3 f6e5 91.d3e4 e7e6 92.g6f5 f8e7 93.g4f4 h7i8g7 94.f3f4 b4c5 95.g5h5g6 c4c5 96.g6f5 c6d6 97.g6h6g5 f7e7 98.d3e4 g7f6 99.c3d3 f6e5 100.d3e3 c5d5b4 101.f3f4 b4c4c5 102.e4f5 c3d4 103.f4f5 e7e6 104.e2e3f3 h8g8 105.h7h8 c2c3 106.f4f5 d7c6 107.f5f6 f9e8 108.h5h6 c5d5 109.g5g6 e4d4 110.f8f7 d5e5 111.f3g4 e5f5 112.g4h5 f5g5 113.i5i6 h5g5 114.g8f7 f4f5e4 115.i7h6 e4e5 116.e7f7 e8e7 117.h7g6 e7d6 118.i6h5 g9f8 119.f7f6 f8f7 120.f6f5 f2e2 121.f3f4 e6e5 122.f4f5 e2e3 123.f5f6 e3e4 124.f8f7 e4e5 125.f7f6 d4d5 126.h8g7 e7e6 127.e4f5 c3d4 128.f4f5 c5d6 129.h7g6 d6e7 130.e4f4 d4d5 131.h8g7 d7e7 132.h7g6 d4d5 133.g5f4 d5e6 134.h5g5 c6d7 135.g5f5 g8g7 136.e4f5

Where there’s a will, there are many ways.

December 10, 2017

Albert Camus by Yousuf Karsh, 1954

“In truth the way matters but little; the will to arrive suffices.”

(The Myth of Sisyphus, 1942)

Albert Camus, French existentialist philosopher (1913-1960)

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There are many ways from there:

to there:

How many are you able to find?


Clinging to success

September 17, 2017

ca. 1900, Illiers-Combray, France — French writer Marcel Proust — Image by © Sygma/Corbis

“There is no easy success, nor definitive failures.”

Marcel Proust, French writer (1871-1922)



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Problem of the month: December 2016

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an online game:

Play it simple!



This problem is based on a situation from the game 26599 (June 2016): ApocalypticA vs. boulet, Belgian daisy, move 85y, turn Black. You can see the complete game on MiGs history. Just create an account and log-in, it’ free! ^^

The two opponents are strong players, but in the heat of the moment, this endgame is not as good as it could. Can you propose a better and shorter end? How many moves to win the game?


A good beginning

September 11, 2016


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“A good beginning makes a good ending.”

Louis L’Amour (Louis Dearborn LaMoore), American writer (1908-1988)

This quote is a tribute to the young players of the London MSO Korean team.


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Belgian daisy, 8th move, White to play: a good beginning for Black!

Aba-Pro notation for this opening:

Belgian daisy
1.a1b2 i5h5 2.a2b3 i6h6 3.c2c3 a5b5 4.b3c4 b5c5 5.g7g8f6 b6c6 6.b2c3c2 c7d7 7.b1c2 h4g4 8.h7h9g7