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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 commonly observed that some people are more "gifted" when it comes to memory (and other brain functions) than others. To play blindfold chess, you need three ...


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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. Properly move and capture pieces. Properly update the overall position on the board after the move is played. Now it is time to implement solutions for the above ...


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In pretty much any endeavor that requires one to develop or acquire complex sets of skills, be it chiefly intellectual or chiefly physical, starting young will generally be a huge boon simply because of the fact that younger brains are more plastic than older brains; they can more readily adapt to new sorts of tasks and information. Because of that fact, ...


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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 mathematician or Olympic athlete. The real question is, is it learned by specifically training to acquire the skills of blindfold chess, or does it develop in some ...


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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 and the pieces on the board at every moment of the game. I have to update it one or more times per second, since it keeps vanishing. It does require ...


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Wilhelm Steinitz learned "how" to play chess at the age of 12, but it was only after attending the Vienna Polytechnic that he actually began to play serious chess (sometime during his twenties). Siegbert Tarrasch learned how to play chess when he was 15, but he was 20 when he first tried himself at a "Hauptturneier" (Chess Tournament) in 1882 at Berlin, he ...


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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 from my chess PGN application from my mobile phone. Then I read the PGN and play it on my mind without browsing it from my PGN reader. As I finished the game from ...


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Mark Taimanov, WC contender in 1971, was a world-class concert pianist. Here is a duet he played in 1957. One more. I don't know when it was played. This one shows he and his partner playing.


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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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Former world champion Vasily Smyslov was an opera singer who gave up opera for chess. Judge for yourself how good he was - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAvrT52VXOI . More recently (and more mundanely) Nigel Short on guitar accompanied Elizabeth Paehtz's vocals at a Kasparov supporters' rally before the 2014 FIDE elections.


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Magnus Carlsen can also sing! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVS-NIkkUrA


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The 18th century French player Philidor was a renown opera composer as well as the best chess player of his day. According to Jewish legend King Solomon, whose father was King David the great psalmist, was the inventor of the game.


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I have a USCF of around 1500 and I can play blind, so if that's what you're looking for it shouldn't be overly difficult. I did have to push myself a little though. I want to try multiple boards, we'll see.


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If Marc Lang from germany could play 46 games blindfolded (at once) then there is a chance that you could play one. http://www.blindfoldchess.net/blog/2011/12/after_64_years_new_world_blindfold_record_set_by_marc_lang_playing_46_games/


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Perhaps it's because both music and chess requires patience, disciplined work and tons of efforts. I was also an amateur but serious musician and chess player, then I quit both of them for computer engineering. Sad. :)


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For the most part I see logic mainly used in chess theory, it can elaborate why a certain move can be beneficial even when it would be implemented beyond your calculations, such as color affinity, but that's about the only part that takes intense logic. The rest of the game has aesthetic appeal, I always imagine I am painting a picture, where each major ...


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I don't play blindfold but I've been told by people who do that if I want to start learning / training then the place to start is by mentally splitting the board into 4 quarters: a1-4xd1-4, e1-4xh1-4, a5-8xd5-8, e5-8xh5-8. Then picture the pieces in these 4 quarters independently of each other. So, hold in your mind a picture of the first quadrant. Then do ...


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It was Grandmaster Siegbert Tarrasch who wrote, "Chess like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. Many, not all, good chess players have a musical bent because of the "analogies" between the two.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bb6e0gFdS4 http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/capablanca6.html Instead of mathematicians I refer to logicians, so that I can imply the scientific mind per se. As for musicians, chessplayers make a difference through composing and performing at the same time, with the possible exception of opening theoreticians.


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Judging if a move fits the position correctly or goes along well with the flow of the game, is likely similar to judging what note to play in the middle of a song.


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Blindfold Chess is an ability which can be learned with Practice . Though some People may learn it faster than others but with average Chess intelligence it can be achieved . As like Magnus Carlsen who can play blindfolded with 10 Opponents at a time is something God Gifted but with the Training the Average Player can achieve to play one person blindfolded ...


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