3rd International Mind Sports Open (Online)

Hello Abalone players and other abstract players!
Yesterday, Franscesco Salerno shared this interesting piece of information on Facebook:

Hi all! I wanted to let you know that the Mind Sports Event supposed to be held in Madrid on the first days of May, organized by MusiChess and @aprenderjugandolapalma, has been postponed (more info in the next months) for the reasons we all know.

Considering most of us will spend long time at home, the event has been reconverted into an online event! The format is different and quite interesting. There are 3 main tournaments (Modern Abstract Strategy, Classic Abstract Strategy, Chess Variants) and the players will have to play all the games proposed for each round. Around 4 days per round for a total of a month roughly, starting on the 1st of April.

Have a look on the rules!

Stay safe everyone and keep playing!!

Franscesco Salerno

Ooh, everybody here! This is the game of the year!*

2019 MSO Game of the Year

We are delighted to introduce the Mind Sports Olympiad Game of the Year award. The 2019 award goes to Colour Chess. Colour Chess was immensley popular this year and will be returning to MSO in 2020. Chess Grandmaster Matthew Sadler who won this year’s Colour Chess World Championship wrote a great article on MSO’s chess variants for Chess magazine. Colour Chess is also available as an an iPhone and Android app.

The Mind Sports Olympiad Game of the Year is a new initiative that aims to celebrate new competitive board games. Candidate games have to be relatively new and included in the official MSO schedule. Players will have the opportunity to vote as of next year and the final selection will be made by combining the players’ and committee’s votes.

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* This title is inspired from Prince‘s song Jam Of The Year, track 1 from the album Emancipation (1996)

2019 London Chess Classic

2019 LONDON CHESS CLASSIC


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The London Chess Classic is the UK’s largest chess tournament and is back at Olympia from November 29 to December 8. In addition to the Fide Open section, there are numerous sections for various rated players alongside blitz and rapid tournaments. The prize fund features over £27,000. There is free entry to all tournaments for women and under 25s who are UK residents.

Mind Sports Olympiad

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)

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White is on the verge of victory…


…and yet loses!! What happened?!?

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

Total respect!

March 10, 2019

“Ce n’était pas un mage
Mais un sage poète
Qui m’a délivré ce message :
RESPECT!”*

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* It wasn’t a mage
But a wise poet
who delivered to me this message:
RESPECT!

[Quelle aventure (No Sé featuring Ménélik),
from the album Phénoménélik (1995), track 18]

Albert Tjamag, best known as Ménélik, French rapper (1970-)

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Two young Abalone champions from Ile-de-France, february 2019

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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-)

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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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

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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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All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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An Abalone “complicated position”

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