Diversity is better!

February 11, 2018

Peter Kropotkin (Пётр Кропоткин), photographic portrait by Nadar.

“[…] variety, conflict even, is life and […] uniformity is death.”

(Anarchism: its philosophy and ideal, 1896)

Peter Kropotkin (Пётр Кропоткин),
Russian scientist and anarchist theorist (1842-1921)

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Abalone according to the official rule: a dull uniformity ):


Abalone according to the player community: a joyful variety! (:


This series of quotes is about Anarchy, Freedom, and disobedience to the arbitrary imposed rules.

See also : Sons of Strategy



A good enough opening

October 1, 2017

Savielly Tartakower

“Any opening is good enough, if its reputation is bad enough.”

Savielly Tartakower (Савелий Григорьевич Тартако́вер),
European Chess Grandmaster (1887-1956)


The start

The end


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A good beginning

September 11, 2016


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(picture source : http://everydaytourist.ca/2013/2013/10/26/louis-lamour-education-of-a-wandering-man)

“A good beginning makes a good ending.”

Louis L’Amour (Louis Dearborn LaMoore), American writer (1908-1988)

This quote is a tribute to the young players of the London MSO Korean team.


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Belgian daisy, 8th move, White to play: a good beginning for Black!

Aba-Pro notation for this opening:

Belgian daisy
1.a1b2 i5h5 2.a2b3 i6h6 3.c2c3 a5b5 4.b3c4 b5c5 5.g7g8f6 b6c6 6.b2c3c2 c7d7 7.b1c2 h4g4 8.h7h9g7

Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #15

June 12, 2016


“And therefore those skilled in war bring the enemy to the field of battle and are not brought there by him. One able to make the enemy come of his own accord does so by offering him some advantage. And one able to prevent him from coming does so by hurting him.”

(The Art of War, Chapter VI, Weaknesses and Strengths*)

* « Weaknesses and Strengths » stands for 虛實 (Xūshí)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)



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Master Sun’s Rules of Warfare #1

March 6, 2016


“Therefore the skillful commander takes up a position in which he cannot be defeated and misses no opportunity to master his enemy. Thus a victorious army wins its victories before seeking battle; an army destined to defeat fights in the hope of winning.”

(The Art of War, Chapter IV, Positioning)

Sun Tzu, Chinese strategist (c. 544 BC-c. 496 BCE)



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