Mindgames are for everyone.

June 16, 2019


(source: Gallica)

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[…] les jeux d’esprit sont de toutes les saisons et de tous les âges ; ils instruisent les Jeunes, ils divertissent les Vieux, ils conviennent aux Riches, et ne sont pas au-dessus de la portée des Pauvres : les deux sexes peuvent s’en accommoder sans choquer la bienséance.”*

(Récréations mathématiques et physiques, Préface, 1694)

Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (1640-1718)

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* “[…] mind games are for all seasons and all ages;
they instruct the Young, and divert the Old;
they are not beneath the Rich,
not above the ability of the Poor;
they may be used by either 
Sex
without
transgressing the Bounds of Modesty.”


Agon, French strategy game from the late 18th century

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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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Serial winner, serial killer?

April 7, 2019


“Now who’s the boss?” (`∀´)Ψ

“A winner is a losers’ maker.”

Albert Jacquard, French geneticist (1925-2013)

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Every winner should help its opponent to become a better player.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)

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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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Happy new year 2019!

I wish you all to have exciting and successful projects!

For the players always looking for better results, take courage: the way that leads to victory will be full of pitfalls!

But remember, enjoy yourselves! Because when it comes to games, having fun is more important than winning (^_-)—☆

Good games to all! (:

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Play here and now

December 23, 2018


Allan Watts

“This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

(The Essence of Alan Watts, 1977)

Allan Watts, British-American philosopher (1915-1973)

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Enso (‘circle’) by Bankei Yotaku (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

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Every game is unique.

December 16, 2018


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave recording his game during a tournament.

“A game is never an unchanged reproduction of another game already played in the past.”

(Joueur d’échecs*, p.30, Fayard, october 2017)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French chess grandmaster (1990-)

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* Chess player

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL) on Wikipedia

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