Innovation of the month: June 2019

Every month a previously unreleased variation.

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I dedicate this variation to David Jameson, who is the best Welsh Abalone player I know (:

Welsh daisy


Coloured version by LGB
(but TIQA+ are also entitled to respect! q: )


Flag of Wales (since 1959)


Classic Black and White version by OCJ


Just created! (May 26, 2018, 17:01:01 GMT+2)

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This variation was created on May 26, 2018 in Paris by French Abalone player Olivier Charles-Joseph, best known online as OCJ.
The name was given by Frédéric Garnier.
As you can see it is a balanced variation 😎

Olivier Charles-Joseph won Silver at the 2018 Abalone World Championship along with David Pearce (England) and Frédéric Garnier (France). Gold was won by Vincent Frochot (France).

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Innovation of the month: May 2019

Every month a previously unreleased variation.

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Many variations have been created since I suspended this section.
Maybe it’s time to reopen it…

British daisy


Coloured version


Classic Black and White version

This variation was created on August 30, 2018.
As you can see it is a balanced variation 😎

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Material advantage vs. Positional advantage


Black has a material advantage, but White has a huge positional advantage.

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To the experienced abalone player, winning this game with White may be as easy as 1-2-3. But a beginner might have trouble…

And you? What are you able to do with this? Just test it with your friends (:

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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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(The original picture. Click to enlarge)

Please try it and tell us about it! (:

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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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