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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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I can copy the diagram on a board or simply on my computer (and do not move the pieces), but I wonder whether I should. It is very much worth while setting up a board and following the game on the board. But you should go beyond just passively playing out the moves on the board. You should stop after each move and actively consider what you would play next ...

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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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Expanding on the great comments of @David and @Timothy Chow, GM Nikolai Krogius talks about the role of the residual image in his book Psychology in Chess. This is an image that stays and blurs the calculations. The residual image is the transfer of judgment from a past position to a new situation. The past then acts on the present. To combat this ...

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This is not specifically for diagonals, but this is how I learned to visualize the board. I am not sure that I agree that you should be able to know what color a particular square is. I have been playing tournaments for 40 years this year, more than 30 at the master level, and I still do not think about the color of squares at all with regards to calculation ...

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My performance rating was four to five hundred points above my actual rating in tournaments where I prepared primarily with calculation/visualization exercises; while tournaments without tactical training showed a performance rating closer to actual. So, I would say these exercises definitely make you sharper. There are permanent gains over time but I think ...

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To the extent that "chess-related math" requires any expertise in chess beyond the rules(*), tournament play is probably not as useful as solving and composing chess problems/studies. Typical positions in tournament play are too complicated to evaluate with mathematical certainty, while problems and studies should and usually do have rigorous proofs of ...

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I suspect that the advise to do exercises visualization in this way is tied to the development of computers/internet as it is easy to program/check your "progress" and it makes for a neat feature on a website. Still, I don't see what point there is in learning the color of squares independent of any other chess knowledge. No doubt having this knowledge ...

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To paraphrase G. H. Hardy, while chess problems can be beautiful, they are trivial. The best and most difficult mathematics is "significant" mathematics, i.e. mathematics that helps you solve other problems and impacts other fields of math. So being good at chess probably won't help you much with math. Also, at least according to Hardy, chess is a primarily ...

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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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I believe that figuring out colors of squares is a good exercise, and it is not so important to know what color a square is per se, but how it is tied to a concept in chess. For example, what color is g7? It is dark right, this is where black dark-squared bishop resides after fianchetto. What about b4? When I think of b4 I think of the Evan's Gambit, white ...

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As was pointed out before me, that level of calculation is extremely impressive. You are at the end of the day looking at one of the top chess players in the world and, arguably, in history to this day. Apart from that note, you should know that visualization is a matter of practice, and the acquisition of such skill is not different to that of arithmetic ...

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Okay, this sequence is very impressive and Nakamura is a "beast". So I don't want to be too pessimistic but I'm afraid that this kind of performance, which consists in calculating at the speed of light a sequence of movements without error, is only possible for the highest rated players. There is, however, a (little) hope. In the excellent perpetual chess ...

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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 chessboard a different way: it was floating in darkness and the board was translucent, so I could move around the board and see it (and the pieces) from different ...

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It is my opinion that knowing off the top of your head whether f4 is a light or dark square is not all that important. During a game, the board is right there in front of you. You can simply look to see its color. And you don't have to know whether the square is named g1 to see that it's on the same file as g8. However, being able to instantly see that two ...

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Welcome to stackexchange and thanks for your question. I would love to be able to visualise the board, especially those pesky diagonals, but I don’t seem any closer to that than when I was younger. I can manage general strategic thinking without a board but the geometrical stuff doesn’t stick. Rows and files are ok, but e.g. sequences of knight moves are ...

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I have heard that solving chess puzzles is not exactly the greatest thing to do to help improve your chess game. That being said though, I myself have seen a major improvement once I started working puzzles on a regular basis. I would say that some of this is talent-based, however you can teach yourself pretty much anything you put your mind to. My advice ...

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I do not agree with the first answer saying that blindfold chess does not involve visualising real pieces. On the contrary, I create a 'real' analogy of a chess board with pieces, etc, and interactively update it and manipulate it during the game. I can, however, do it much better using descriptive rather than algebraic notation. This is probably because the ...

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Just to complete the answer, you can use Fen2Ascii, a little program that converts pasted FEN lines into ASCII formatted text. From its website: r1bqk2r/pppp2pp/2n1pn2/5p2/2PP4/5NP1/PP1NPPBP/R2QK2R b KQkq - 0 7 is changed 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 ...

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PGN is for game notation, i.e. the whole game. You can use the FEN notation by creating the position on chessvideos.tv FEN generator site and then use the code to input this into Fritz or your preferred software. Code is on the top right. 3k4/8/3K3R/8/8/8/8/8 is the code for the position you gave.

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I suggest that you simply use a browser, and play online at chess.com, lichess.com, or chess24.com. While chess.com and chess24.com have paid versions too, all three have the ability to create an account, and play online, including against computers. You also have the option to use online engines to analyze your games.

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Not trying to belittle this achievement, but I think the hardest part is to speak as quickly as Hikaru does. I do think that it is impressive but not to the extent that the other answers suggest. Reasons: black's position is clearly won by a variety of ways, in fact the cleanest and fastest way would be 1. Ne7 instead of Bf1 the sequence that Hikaru ...

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