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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?

In essence, you are asking- Can memory (or other brain functions) be improved or is it a natural trait? The answer is yes to both. While it is true that one's memory can be improved, it is also ...
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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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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

I learned to play blindfolded chess by practicing it from 2001 to 2005. In my opinion, it is a skill that can be learned, practice will give results. What I do is to try to visualize the chess board ...
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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

As I have said before, this requires physical fitness and strong memory. In order to play blindfolded chess properly you need to master the following: Having always clear vision of the board. ...
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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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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

I just want to share what I am doing now to improve my blindfold chess visualization skill. I downloaded a dozen of minigames of 10 to 15 moves in PGN format from chessgames.com , then I load it ...
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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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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

the ability to play blindfold chess develops naturally as chess ability improves. By getting better at chess, one gets better at blindfold chess.
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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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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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Do people who handle blindfolded chess play at reasonably the same strength given enough time to think?

In my experience and opinion Having more time is not really an advantage when playing blindfold You have a clearly higher risk of blundering when playing blindfold Let me try to expand on this. ...
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Is it common for super grandmasters to have the ability to play simultaneous blindfold chess?

This is more a comment than an answer. The attached fragment is Mikhail Tal commenting his blindfold simul against 10 first category (approximately 1800-2000 Elo) players - as the match goes, board ...
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How much worse would I play if I played blindfolded?

I think it is ridiculous to assume that someone's normal rating would in any way be indicative of their blindfold rating. Your understanding of chess and ability to play with the chess pieces in front ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Mental models in chess

I used to try to imagine the whole board and it always seemed my mind would focus more narrowly. Then, one time when I was doing an exhibition in public versus just one opponent, I suddenly saw the ...
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