The game must go on (Yeah!)

June 23, 2019


Hans Ree on January 17, 1973 (some rights reserved; see credits)

“Play out a boring game to the end and funny things can happen; Fischer knew it.”

Hans Ree, Dutch chess grandmaster and writer (1944-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Abalone, open!

Chess, Draughts or Othello have only one starting position:


Starting position in chess from black side


Starting position in international draughts from black side


Starting position in Othello

Abalone has dozens! (:

Enough to play one thousand and one nights (^_-)—☆


An abalonian version of the Scheherazade story q:

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Every game is unique.

December 16, 2018


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave recording his game during a tournament.

“A game is never an unchanged reproduction of another game already played in the past.”

(Joueur d’échecs*, p.30, Fayard, october 2017)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French chess grandmaster (1990-)

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* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave’s website

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Do you really love it?

December 1, 2018


Magnus Carlsen at age 26

“Without the element of enjoyment,
it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”

Magnus Carlsen,
Norwegian chess grandmaster,
current World Chess Champion (1990-)

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World Chess Championship 2018 on Wikipedia

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Keep calm and use logic!

October 28, 2018


John van der Wiel, Tilburg chess tournament, round 1, Netherlands, October 12, 1983

“When you absolutely don’t know what to do anymore, it is time to panic.”

John van der Wiel, Dutch chess grandmaster (1959-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Another Abalone complicated position.

Don’t panic!

In this case, all you have to do is:

(^_-)—☆

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

Read the complete post on Abalone game review — Slouching towards Thatcham

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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]

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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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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An Abalone “complicated position”

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