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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. Nxe4) instead of moving pieces you can activate blindfold mode in your game display preferences. Enjoy your games! Source

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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 discussed this topic with a GM, who is one year senior at my college. According to him, playing blindfold is "NOT impossible", but it's fairly difficult. ...

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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 four plies), visualize the position now on board, then make these moves on board, see if your visualized position was right. Read the next two moves and ...

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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: W-Ke1,Qd1,Ra1,h1,Bg2,Nd2,f3,Pa2,b2,c4,d4,e2,f2,g3,h2 B-Ke8,Qd8,Ra8,h8,Bc8,Nc6,f6,Pa7,b7,c7,d7,e6,f5,g7,h7 Black to move. Annotate your ...

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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 game. I sometimes turn on the blindfold setting and make the moves on an empty interactive chessboard. It is possible to go through a whole game like this. For ...

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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 some point. Often players who participate in a lot of tournaments write down the moves on a scoresheet at mentioned earlier. But also, in analysis with others ...

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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 quite a few blindfold games since then. I still make some dumb mistakes but I can follow the game for the most part. I'm probably 1500-1600 blindfolded. The ...

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Prashant what you describe is called blindfold chess and I've edited your question accordingly. Humans have been playing blindfold chess for more than a thousand years and there are even blindfold tournaments. From Wikipedia: Today there are Blindfold Chess Tournaments held throughout the year, with the highest profile event previously being the Melody ...

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GM Alexandra Kosteniuk on a stream today mentioned how her father would encourage her to solve studies and puzzles by visualising the solutions and then say, setting it up on a board and then solving it blindfolded. So if you're already at a stage where you can look at a puzzle on a screen and work out the solution without moving any pieces, the next step is ...

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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 ...

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I figured out what is wrong. To promote a pawn to another piece, I need to first type the letter in which the pawn is, followed by the position I want the pawn to go, and lastly the equal sign with the piece I want to promote to. Here is an example: "Promote a pawn to a knight" ee8=n "promote a pawn to a knight" Here is how it works. My ...

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As of this post all super grandmasters can play blindfold. For young GMs who are just starting out playing blindfold, they may not be super good at first but they should be able to pick it up quickly. Also, for old GM's it might be harder for them to play blindfold, as short term memory and spatial reasoning might be diminished. But most, if not all, GMs ...

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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. This is due to chunking—being familiar with lots of patterns makes memorizing those patterns much easier. That being said, there are specific exercises which can ...

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Yes! That is what blindfold chess is. If you improve your memory and practice your ability to imagine the board based on the notation, you too can play such games! Here's an article about GM Timur Gareyev setting a world record by playing 48 simultaneous blindfolded chess games. I'm sure you can find many more about others too. From your response to Brian's ...

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When i play blindfold, the board is dark for me. I see one part of the board with a kind of flashlight with a small spot. Then i move back and forth with the spot and the figures appear in my imagination. By moving the focus slowly, i understand which figures are attacking which. I'm not very good at it. If I "see" that I can simply take an ...

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That's pretty much what I "see". I don't have a mental picture of pieces, I have a "feel" for their mobility. One of the interesting thing about blindfold players is that they each have their own way of seeing the board.

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