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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 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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How much should I rely on an external board or diagram when reading a chess book?

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 ...
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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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Why do GMs look up during calculations?

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 ...
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Which online chessboard orientation do professional players prefer?

Since over the board chess is played with each player's pieces starting on the side closest to them, the natural board orientation is with your own pieces on the bottom. This is the default ...
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Does playing tournament chess help one in the field of chess-related math?

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 ...
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Learning to visualize the board

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 ...
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Calculation and visualisation exercises - do they work?

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 ...
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Learning to visualize the board

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 ...
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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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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 improve at calculation and visualisation?

You might like to check out medicine.exeter.ac.uk/research/neuroscience/theeyesmind to see exactly how your visualizing capabilities compare with others. You say that you "can picture things in a ...
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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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Board Vision Puzzles

[FEN "2Q1Q3/2Q4Q/Q4Q2/3k4/Q5Q1/1R6/B1NBQ3/K2R1N2 w - - 0 1"] How many mates? What was black's last move? hint: this construction (by Anthony Stewart Mackay Dickens, published in The ...
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How to visualize in chess?

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 ...
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How to visualize in chess?

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 ...
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Learning to visualize the board

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 ...
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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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Learning to visualize the board

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 ...
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How to improve at calculation and visualisation?

Mixing up your visualization with what is on the board is a standard type of error. Not looking at the board while calculating may help. I do not think there is a normal in the general public of how ...
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Playing blind chess with aphantasia

I just figured out that I have aphantasia. I figured it was normal not to be able to see anything when you close your eyes, but apparently not. While it might be a disadvantage, I can play blindfolded ...
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Visualizing the number of pieces attacking each square

This python script will show how many white/black attackers on every square. It will also generate an image in png format where the attacked square is marked with X and the attacker locations are ...
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Will repetitive thoughts affect chess calculation and visualization?

I think that chess calculation is one of the most difficult parts of chess training. If my memory does not betray me, in the first book that was written about chess calculation "Think Like a ...
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Learning to visualize the board

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 ...
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Calculation and visualisation exercises - do they work?

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 ...
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Mental models in chess

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 ...
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Is there a way (or tool) to convert games in PGN to notations like the one in the description?

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 ...
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