I dedicate this variation to David Jameson, who is the best Welsh Abalone player I know (:
Coloured version by LGB
(but TIQA+ are also entitled to respect! q: )
Flag of Wales (since 1959)
Classic Black and White version by OCJ
Just created! (May 26, 2018, 17:01:01 GMT+2)
This variation was created on May 26, 2018 in Paris by French Abalone player Olivier Charles-Joseph, best known online as OCJ.
The name was given by Frédéric Garnier.
As you can see it is a balanced variation 😎
Olivier Charles-Joseph won Silver at the 2018 Abalone World Championship along with David Pearce (England) and Frédéric Garnier (France). Gold was won by Vincent Frochot (France).
Game set: Abalone Quattro
Colours: 3 Marbles: 28
Marbles per player: 12 Number of marbles to eject: 5
The rules are the same as those of the classical two-player abalone, with only two exceptions:
B2, B5, H5, and H8 are occupied by the red marbles, which you aren’t allowed to move as they represent pillars. Like the columns of an ancient Greek temple, the pillars cannot be pushed out of the way and prevent you from using the space they occupy.
The number of marbles you have to eject is only 5 (41,66 %) to stick close to the ejection rate of the classical version of the game (42,85 %).