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Is blindfold chess bad for the health?

No. The main reason behind this train of thought was that they thought that blindfold chess may contribute to going crazy. They looked at Morphy and Pillsbury as their primary examples. Lasker, ...
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Is there a website that supports blind chess?

Lichess has an option to play blindfolded if you have an account registered. You have to activate the Speech Sound effect, in the upper right corner → Sound → Speech. To enable writing coordinates(e.g....
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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

It is obviously a learned skill. No-one pops into the world after gestating for 9 months able to play blindfold chess! Just as no-one arrives destined to be an International footballer, genius ...
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Do grandmasters practice blindfold chess or does it come naturally with practice?

Your question is quite interesting. If you are new to blindfold, I think this thread will help you: Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill? Now, back to your query. I have ...
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How can one know where two diagonal lines meet?

Actually the accepted answer is not correct. Where do the diagonals from a4 and g4 intersect? There are two solutions, d7 and d1. It is easy to modify @Hauke Reddmann's algebra, but it seems to me ...
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How do strong (GM level) players visualise the board?

The question appears just before the hour mark. The three main members of the Chicken Chess Club are Laurent Fressinet, Peter Heine Nielsen and Jan Gustafsson, all 2600+ GMs. Here is a rough, much ...
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Best opening in blind simultaneous chess

Generally, the simul-giver needs to keep the games as different from each other as possible. That means the opening themselves are less important, as long as they are different openings. The simul-...
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How can one know where two diagonal lines meet?

The math formula is relatively easy (intersection of two straight lines, even with fixed slant), but I assure you I can visualize it much faster on the board than solving it, even if I'm a lousy ...
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Suggestions for blindfold exercises

A friend of mine (and a stronger player) suggested one exercise which has helped me in developing my visualization skills. Take a game, any game and read the first two moves of both sides (ie total ...
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Online blindfold chess

In addition to the other answers, lichess allows you to do this. Select the menu (three stacked lines to the right of your profile name), select Preferences, select Game Display, and at the bottom ...
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How to efficiently memorize games?

Playing blindfold is not going to be easy, as @Annatar states. Only if you practice much (and accept that you're going to fail the first few times), you will succeed and over time it will probably ...
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How can one know where two diagonal lines meet?

As many others have pointed out, the best idea is to learn to visualise the board better. But since there is a neat mathematical answer, let's start by converting the letter coordinates to numbers, ...
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How do people 'see' the position in blindfolded games?

You certainly do not remember all the moves made. Instead you remember the position on the board. In chess you have certain typical structures, so you don't really need to remember each and every ...
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Online blindfold chess

Try https://www.tryit.in/blindchess. It's a very simple interface where you can play against an engine at different difficulty level by just keying in the moves in algebraic notation and see the board ...
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How do I spend time on chess in boring meetings?

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 ...
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Playing blind chess with aphantasia

Yes, you can learn how to play blindfold chess! It's not easy, so you'll have to put in the effort and train your visualization. "Visualization" in this context means your ability to have a ...
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Online blindfold chess

In addition to Brian's answer about chess24.com. You can play blindfold chess too at chess.com Here are the instructions how to activate blindfold on chess.com: Tools Options Designs Board Colors ...
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Online blindfold chess

Chess24.com allows you to play blindfold in a different way by just hiding the pieces. When you want to move you drag an invisible piece in the normal way. When your opponent moves you see a line on ...
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What is the best strategy for simultaneous blindfold chess?

This question involves the human mind's memory, so to start, let's play a quick game. Look at the line below for 1 second, and then look away immediately. G R T A O H V I L P Now try to recall as ...
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How to efficiently memorize games?

I am the author of the software that you might be needing. For example, it is possible to set up an exercise like this https://szachydzieciom.pl/?page_id=5216&lang=en#6 where the task is to replay ...
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Suggestions for blindfold exercises

I like to replay whole games from memory after watching an animation of the whole game a couple of times. I use my own web app for this purpose which immediately reports the first deviation form the ...
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How to learn to play blind

As others have mentioned, the "normal" way to learn to play blindfold is to simply get better at chess. A strong amateur will be able to play a game blind without much specific training. ...
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How do I spend time on chess in boring meetings?

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 ...
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Playing blind chess with aphantasia

I have aphantasia and if somebody says you can play blindfold chess, don't believe them, they probably don't have aphantasia and have no idea what it means. My blitz rating in lichess is ~2100 (...
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Do grandmasters practice blindfold chess or does it come naturally with practice?

My answer is, it comes naturally. The more often you see the chessboard, the more it will internalize at some point. Even though I am only an IM, the ability to play blindfold came naturally to me at ...
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Do grandmasters practice blindfold chess or does it come naturally with practice?

I discovered I could play blindfold by accident. I was playing a game online and the pieces didn't load onto the screen but I could still play. I (surprisingly) won the game fairly easily. I've played ...
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Blindfold Chess

Blindfold chess is really a very good way to help with visualization since it forces you to do just that. That said, it is difficult in the beginning, and takes practice. Before you jump in with both ...
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Online blindfold chess

This is a bit late but in case you are still looking, we've been working on our blindfold chess website for the past few months and just released our beta. The main game is exactly what you describe: ...
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Blindfold chess tournaments

Online: Lichess and Internet Chess Club provide an online functionality to play blindfold chess and you can try to make a suggestion on their forums to organize a blindfold tournament. This will ...
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How do people 'see' the position in blindfolded games?

There have been studies conducted on this (by de Groot and later Herbert & Simon) where they showed both masters and novices chess board layouts for a few seconds and then asked them to ...
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