In blindfold chess, players play without sight of the board. They state their moves verbally while a referee makes them on a board, checking for correctness etc.

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How much worse would I play if I played blindfolded?

Suppose I played a chess game with 60 minutes on both side. I play blindfolded while my opponent does not. Assuming that my rating is 2000 fide, what rating would my opponent have to be so that the ...
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Do people who handle blindfolded chess play at reasonably the same strength given enough time to think?

If time is not a problem, can someone who is playing blindfolded chess play with (at least) the same strength than normal chess? I have heard some people that mastered blindfolded can even play ...
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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

Any blindfold players here? Just wondering if blindfold chess is a skill that can be learned by amateurs like me or a natural skill by chess GM's, IM's, etc.
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Are blindfold players allowed to look at the list of moves?

I just read that Alexander Alekhine played 26 simultaneously blindfold games. Are blindfold players allowed to look at the list of moves? Can they re-create the position in their mind from the list ...
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Is it beneficial to play blindfolded chess?

I've played only two blindfold games so far, but it was against someone who was maybe at a 1000 uscf rating strength, and hence was fairly easy to beat, and once against my friend, who's also rated ...
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What are ways of practicing blindfold chess?

Is there a way to practice blindfold chess on the computer? For example, are there any programs online which give only a transcript of the moves played, and allow you to type in your next move, ...
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Can playing blindfold improve playing non-blindfold?

If I play blindfolded or don't look at the board and just visualize the board, pieces and position in my head, can this improve my regular style of play (physically looking at a board). Is there any ...
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What are the rules of blindfold chess?

Forcing players to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces by using blindfolds seems interesting, but I've been unable to find any official rules for playing blindfold chess. What are ...