Problem of the month: January 2020

A previously unreleased endgame problem based on an idea of Vincent Frochot, Abalone world champion.



Black to play and win. Can you see how? 🦊


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Vincent Frochot wins the 2019 Abalone World Championship

The Abalone World Championship 2019 – one of the events of the Mind Sports Olympiad – took place at the JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London, on Wednesday, August 21st pm.

Here is the ranking 2019:

The complete 2019 MSO Medal Table is available HERE.

Congratulations to Vincent FROCHOT who wins the title for the eighth time, following seven earlier wins in 2007, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Twelve years after his first participation, he is still at the top!!

Congratulations also to all the deserving medalists!

Thank you to all the organizers of the MSO and to all the competitors who make this event more and more interesting from year to year!

Here is the Abalone World Championship 2019 live stream. The event is (talentedly!) presented by Steve Raine and Ryan Young. Enjoy!

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Abalone at the 12th Summer Mind Sports for Children in La Palma

The “XII Juegos infantiles de deportes mentales de verano” (12th Summer Mind Sports for Children) took place at Breña Baja, a municipality on the eastern side of the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands (Spain).

This event was organized by the school league Aprender Jugando (“Learning by playing”). Aprender jugando’s purpose is to develop children and adults intelligence through strategy games and logic tests.

Flyer of the event (click to enlarge)


Monday June 3, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Abalone special training with Abalone World Champion Vincent Frochot, from France.

Abalone World Champion Vincent Frochot playing simultaneous games.


Wednesday June 5, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
The Abalone tournament.


Thursday June 6, 2019 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Closure, awards ceremony and results.

You will find more pictures, videos and information on Aprender Jugando La Palma’s Facebook by clicking the picture below:


Innovation of the month: June 2019

Every month a previously unreleased variation.


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)


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).


Problem of the month: May 2019

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



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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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)


All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.



Abalone World Championship 2018 – Round 4, move 21, Black to move

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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:

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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.


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)


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! (:


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).