Take your chance!

August 11, 2019


Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington circa 1940s.

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

Duke Ellington, American jazz musician (1899-1974)

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Duke Ellington playing the piano (undated).

No problem for him: Duke Ellington can play Black and White in the same time! (^_-)b

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Improve your skills: what if problems are the solution?

July 21, 2019


Famous motivational speaker Anthony Robbins

“Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow.”

Tony Robbins, American life coach (1960-)

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A Belgian daisy middlegame. What a mess! Who will win?
Try both sides and get your own idea…

A game may be seen as a problem series.

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Fear of losing or desire to win?

July 7, 2019


(Liverpool Football Club manager Jürgen Klopp)

“I do not believe that it’s the fear of losing, that makes you a winner. It’s rather the desire to win. That desire lets you grow beyond your own possibilities. It makes you strong.”

Jürgen Klopp, German football manager and former player (1967-)

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Thanks to Per Sørlie from Abstract Nation for the quotation.

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Abalone Game Situation 4

A previously unreleased game situation.

DANGEROUSLY ON THE BRINK

TURN: BLACK

The score is 4-5. Black to play. White just played c4d5 and Black played f3g4 before. Who will win this crazy endgame?

Keep in mind that in a real game, players may not find the best solution (^_-)—☆

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Abalone Game Situation 3

A previously unreleased game situation.

FREE AT LAST?*

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: STRONG HEADACHE

The score is 4-5. Will Black be able to save the I7 marble and win the game?

* reference to a negro spiritual quoted by Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963 at the end of his famous speech I have a dream.

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Failures teaches success.

January 6, 2019

“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.”

(2009 National Address to America’s Students)

Barack Obama (1961-)

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No challenge, no fun.

October 21, 2018


Jan Hein Donner playing in Beverwijk, Netherlands, January 12, 1960

“I love all positions.
Give me a difficult positional game, I will play it.
Give me a bad position, I will defend it.
Openings, endgames, complicated positions, dull draws,
I love them and I will do my very best.
But totally won positions, I cannot stand them.”

(Hein Donner in the Clubblad Doodzonde Denken, 1950)

Johannes Hendrikus ‘Jan Hein’ Donner, Dutch chess grandmaster (1927-1988)

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An Abalone “complicated position”

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