Do you really love it?

December 2, 2018


Magnus Carlsen at age 26

“Without the element of enjoyment,
it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”

Magnus Carlsen,
Norwegian chess grandmaster,
current World Chess Champion (1990-)

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World Chess Championship 2018 on Wikipedia

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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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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:


(click to enlarge)

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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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Stay motivated!

September 24, 2017


‘Old Lion’ Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill, English statesman (1874-1965)

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Two players’ visiting cards from old versions of MiGs (click to enlarge).

Better to pump even if nothing happens…

September 10, 2017

Les shadoks à grosse tête, dans la deuxième série “Les shadoks” créée par Jacques Rouxel
Shadoks with big head, in the second series “shadoks” created by Jacques Rouxel

“When one tries continuously, one ends up succeeding. Thus, the more one fails, the greater the chance that it will work.”

Jacques Rouxel, French film animator (1931-2004)

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