I will be sitting in two boring meetings and each one is several hours long. I do not need to participate in any way, nor is the information from the meeting useful to me. However, my presence is expected and I am not supposed to look at my books, phone, notebook, etc; but a quick glance at a piece of paper may be tolerable. Chess is my hobby and I am seeking advice on spending time mentally on chess during such meetings. By the way, right now I am unable to play blindfold chess.

Any ideas on how can I enjoy chess in my mind in such situations?

  • How much time do you have to become capable of playing blindfold chess before those meetings?
    – David
    Commented May 6, 2021 at 7:34
  • Take intermittent notes...just have pre-printed chess puzzles (free PDFs abound online, especially for checkmating) in your notebook you can work on. Commented May 10, 2021 at 14:31
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    How attentive are you expected to look?
    – Annatar
    Commented May 12, 2021 at 7:47
  • @Annatar, I only need to pretend to be attentive.
    – Zuriel
    Commented May 13, 2021 at 1:20

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One posibility is to concentrate in problems. Write on paper the posicion description, using a notation like the following:

This fen: 
r1bqk2r/pppp2pp/2n1pn2/5p2/2PP4/5NP1/PP1NPPBP/R2QK2R b KQkq - 0 7 

Corresponds to: 
Black to move.

Annotate your answer as a continuous line of moves without the move numbers to simulate note taking.

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    Hm, f3 and f6 should be Nf3 and Nf6? I can't do blind that well either but I can visualize 9 pawns :-)
    – BaseZen
    Commented May 14, 2021 at 1:22
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    and Ra1,h1 should be Ra1,Rh1, etc.
    – BaseZen
    Commented May 14, 2021 at 1:22
  • So to save ppl the trouble...this isn't a problem position! It's just a balanced opening. Spent 10 minutes building it in my head looking for a check or discovered attack and kept realizing Black has no dark squared bishop to reveal or give check.
    – BaseZen
    Commented May 14, 2021 at 1:34
  • @BaseZen You are right. I have corrected the errors.
    – djnavas
    Commented May 29, 2021 at 7:56

Uh oh. You are asking for it. I strongly recommend a different approach.

Y'know, here in Germany we have an "Unemployment insurance" and, since it is a (state) insurance, it constantly tries to screw their customers over, by simulating that their pathetic efforts will bring them into employment again (and when the customers refuse, they have a legal reason to deny them the money). [Disclaimer: Attitude may have changed in the constant boom, and may again while Covid. My experiences are ages old.] In particularly, e.g. they began the day with a list of math problems of the calibre 15-9=?. Given that I'm a supergenius :-), I could have taken offence, thereby giving them what they wanted. I didn't. Challenge accepted. I tried extremely hard (this was a recurring task each day) to bring my solving time under one minute until I succeeded. I became sort of the hero of my fellow victims since I never lost my jolly composure, regardless what they came up with.

Do the same. Your boring meeting is boring because you define it as boring. With the right attitude, you might even find the stuff interesting. And a little brownnosing never hurts anyway...

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    This is the worst and best answer I've ever read here at the same time
    – David
    Commented May 10, 2021 at 12:21

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