The most despairing games

April 14, 2019

Book cover of Apostilles or the useful and the futile (1972), by Robert Mallet

“What is most despairing is not the impossible, but rather the failure to achieve the possible.”

(Apostille ou l’utile et le futile, Gallimard, 1972)

Robert Mallet, French writer (1915-2002)


White is on the verge of victory…

…and yet loses!! What happened?!?


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.


Get out your fork!

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


A previously unreleased Abalone exercise.


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?



December 22, 2018 in the Hexagon (France): a pretty mess… ^^’

The French bourgeoisie is still blocking the centre;
the yellow vests are trying to block the borders.

The board will clearly lose, but who will win?


* Democrazy is also a French card game where players vote to change the rules.

Outrageous connections

November 25, 2018

Nagle Jackson at The National Arts Club, New York City, November 19, 2012

“The truly great advances of this generation will be made by those who can make outrageous connections, and only a mind which knows how to play can do that.”

Nagle Jackson, American actor, director, and playwright (1936-)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.


White probably thinks that Black is “outrageously connected” q:


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.



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


Do you need the game rules?

Access all abalone game situations.