By Eliot Hearst
E-book of the Year--United States Chess Federation. Finalist, publication of the Year--English Chess Federation
for hundreds of years, blindfold chess--the paintings of taking part in with no sight of the board or pieces--has produced the various maximum feats of human reminiscence, progressing to the level that the area checklist in 2009 used to be forty five [and is now forty six] simultaneous blindfold video games. This paintings describes the personalities and achievements of a few of blindfold chess's maximum players--including Philidor, Morphy, Blackburne, Zukertort, Pillsbury, Reti, Alekhine, Koltanowski, Najdorf and positive, in addition to present-day grandmasters similar to Anand and Kramnik. together with a few by no means prior to released, 444 video games ratings are awarded, peppered with diagrams and annotations. tricks for enjoying blindfold, and its functional price, also are included.
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Additional resources for Blindfold chess : history, psychology, techniques, champions, world records, and important games
Later, Philidor gave blindfold exhibitions in Berlin and London, though he considered himself principally a musician. He ﬁrst played three games simultaneously in a Berlin display around 1750, winning all three contests, and according to some sources repeated that feat more than once in Berlin. In London a display at Parsloe’s Chess Club, where Philidor conducted two blindfold games against strong players, Count Hans Brühl and Dr. Thomas Bowdler, drawing the ﬁrst game and losing the second, was reported in the Morning Post of May 28, 1782, in glowing terms: The celebrated Mr Philidor, whose unrivalled excellence at the game of chess has long been distinguished, invited the members of the chess club, and the amateurs in general of that arduous amusement, to be present on Saturday last at a spectacle of the most curious kind, as it was to display a very wonderful faculty of the human mind, which faculty, however, is perhaps exclusively at present his own....
I am inclined to think that too much encouragement should not be given to blindfold chess, an art which, to a certain extent, may easily be acquired, and which only becomes really extraordinary when the play is really scientiﬁc. It may be all very well for an occasional exhibition or holiday display; but I doubt the policy or the utility of a constant attempt to walk 28 Part I. The History of Blindfold Chess backwards unless it can be shown that you can travel as securely, as easily, and as far by the ordinary method of locomotion [Illustrated London News, January 25, 1851].
Ladies and Gentlemen not belonging to the Club may be provided with tickets at the above-mentioned house, to see the match, at 5 shillings each. No doubt much of the publicity surrounding the blindfold displays was instigated by the Club itself, because from 1775 onwards its members paid Philidor a retainer to stay in London and play at the Club between February and June of each year. 3 Between Philidor and the Late 1800s Early Post-Philidor Blindfold Players AFTER PHILIDOR’S DEATH IN 1795 there was a lull of about 60 years in blindfold displays of any great signiﬁcance, until the time of Kieseritzky, Paulsen, Morphy, Blackburne, and Zukertort.