Problem of the month: August 2019

A previously unreleased endgame problem.

BACK TO ABALONE SCHOOL

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 😜

You play Black. The score is 5-5, so only one marble remains to eject. How do you go about it?

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How to become a problem-solving leader?

July 28, 2019


(Gerald M. Weinberg at the BizConf in August 21, 2009, by Carl-Johan Kihlbom)

“Problem-solving leaders have one thing in common: a faith that there’s always a better way.”

Gerald Weinberg, American computer scientist (1933-2018)

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A Belgian daisy middlegame: Aba-Pro level 10 (Black) vs. Human (White).

I can hardly imagine that Aba-Pro level 10 really played this last move oÔ

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Problem of the month: July 2019

A previously unreleased endgame problem.

BULLETPROOF STRATEGY

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: A BIT TECHNICAL

5-4. Your turn. You play White and you win in 4 moves.
Both sides play in an energy efficiency mode, trying to move as few marbles as possible for the same result.
There may be several solutions.

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Problem of the month: June 2019

June 34, 2019 ^^’

A previously unreleased endgame problem.

DEAD ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

TURN: BLACK
LEVEL: MEDIUM

5-5. You play Black. White just saved his skin by leaving D8. But his nightmare will continue: Black win in 3 moves* (by moving as few marbles as possible).

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*Black plays 3 moves, White plays 2 moves. Total: 5 “half-moves”.

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Abalone Game Situation 4

A previously unreleased game situation.

DANGEROUSLY ON THE BRINK

TURN: BLACK

The score is 4-5. Black to play. White just played c4d5 and Black played f3g4 before. Who will win this crazy endgame?

Keep in mind that in a real game, players may not find the best solution (^_-)—☆

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Problem of the month: May 2019

A previously unreleased endgame problem. I dedicate it to my friend Vincent Frochot (:

SIDE EFFECTS

TURN: WHITE
LEVEL: QUITE BEGINNER-FRIENDLY

5-5. You play White. Black just dodged your attack by playing a side move (e8f9d8). Now it’s your turn. In any case, you win in 3 moves (:

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