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 proof to improving regular play via blindfold play?

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    I used to play blindfold with a friend at school during boring lessons so the teacher couldn't catch us with a board under the table, but the only effect I am pretty sure of is that my school grades didn't improve because of it :) – Ray Jun 1 '12 at 19:01
  • @Ray - That was a good idea. Good thing I am done with school :) – xaisoft Jun 1 '12 at 23:03
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    I've played blindfolded. It's interesting. Unsurprisingly, I played far below my normally unimpressive strength. – Tony Ennis Jun 2 '12 at 14:00

I don't think there's any proof (nor do I think you'll find any), but I think playing blindfold definitely helps as regular chess practice. The better you can play blindfold, the more you can visualize the board and calculate ahead, in my opinion.

Better yet, try playing blindfold against someone who's not.

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    Bobby Fischer said he could not visualize the entire board at the same time. This implies that being able to do so isn't a requirement for playing somewhat strong chess. – Tony Ennis Jun 2 '12 at 13:59
  • Visualising the whole board also isn't a requirement to play strong blindfold chess … Concerning the question: Larry Christiansen writes that after a blindfold tour through the states, his calculation improved a lot. – BlindKungFuMaster Feb 2 '15 at 12:08

Did not help me. I used my OTB skills to be able to play blindfold.

I have seen no data that blindfold play helps your OTB skills.

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