I was recently leafing through Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants when I noticed that the variant Hand and Brain which has recently become popular, in which one player states the piece to the moved ('Brain') and his partner then decides the move with that piece ('Hand'), is missing.
It would be in Chapter 34 of the 2007 edition following Tandem/Alternation Chess, since Hand & Brain is the only other variant which uses 1 standard board, standard pieces, and standard rules, but permits team play.
What are the origins of Hand & Brain chess? I'm interested to know what the earliest recorded mentions of the variant are by this name and also by any older historical name.
N.B. The earliest mention I can find is on Alexandra Kosteniuk's blog dating to February 2013: http://www.chessblog.com/2013/02/. The name and rules already seem to tie up exactly with the variant we recognize today, suggesting that the variant was at least somewhat known by then.