Ten years ago in Prague…

An Abalone tournament ten years ago in Prague:


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Let’s put our cards on the table.

Monday August 20st, 2018, 10:46am, London, UK:


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Abalone World Championship 2018. All the players’ pairing cards are spread out in front of the Tournament Arbiter. Round one is still running. Some players have already finished their game, others have not.

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Abalone World Championship 2018: detailed results

The Abalone World Championship – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Monday August 20st, 2018 from 10am to around 2pm.

Here are the detailed results of the tournament:


(access the detailed results by clicking on the picture)

I will not publish the global ranking because it is not relevant: due to the Swiss pairing, level may vary significantly among players with the same number of wins.

In my opinion what matters most is who won against who and with which colour, and who won all his/her games.

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Korean daisy, by Hyunmin Kim

Here is a highly interesting balanced variation! It was created by the young Hyunmin KIM, from South Korea, on Monday 20, August 2018, in London, UK, during the Abalone World Championship 2018:


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Please try it and tell us about it! (:

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Abalone World Championship 2018: list of players

The Abalone World Championship – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Monday August 20st, 2018 from 10am to around 2pm.

Here is the list of the players who participated in this tournament:


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All players are artists.

September 2, 2018


Marcel Duchamp moulé vif, 1967
(bronze with brown patina, onyx and black Belgian marble – further details here)

“Having been close to both artists and chess [or Abalone] players, I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess [or Abalone] players, all chess [or Abalone] players are artists.”

Marcel Duchamp, French/American artist and chess player (1887-1968)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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TWO ARTISTS PERFORMING:

Abalone World Championship 2018 – Round 4, move 21, Black to move


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Mind Sports Olympiad: Abalone World Championship 2018 results

The Abalone World Championship – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Monday August 20st, 2018 from 10am to around 2pm.

Here is the top ranking:


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Congratulations to Vincent FROCHOT who won the title for the seventh time, following six earlier wins in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017! Once again Vincent was invincible, winning all his games, no matter if he played Black or White!

In abalone, when you reach six you are supposed to stop, but Vincent looks set for a second round! ^^

No tie-break by points for the medals this year, so right behind Gold awarded Vincent FROCHOT (France), three players won Silver: Frédéric GARNIER (France), David PEARCE (England), and Olivier CHARLES-JOSEPH (France). There is no Bronze.

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In the Junior category, the abalone medalists are:

Gold Junior: Jun U CHOI (South Korea)
Silver Junior: Juyeon SON (South Korea)
Bronze Junior: Victor Hernandez LUIS (Spain)

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A big thank you is due here to the organizers of the MSO, the Live Streaming Team and all the people who made this event probably the best AWC ever! (:

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Paris Abalone Club, a winning team: 3 participants, 3 medalists!
From left to right:
Frédéric GARNIER (Silver), Vincent FROCHOT (Gold), and Olivier CHARLES-JOSEPH (Silver).

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