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Elubas must be a much better player now than he was 4 years ago!
Carlsen did 10 a few years ago, winning every game I think.
Why do you say that?
For some perspective on blindfold chess, anyone interested in such things should really read Jeremy Spinrad's When Blindfold Chess Became Easy.
I am just guessing that a 2000 rated player would not be surprised that someone can play 5 blindfold games at once!
Oh. Look at the OP"s rating.
Well, I will say it's certainly a lot more believable now than it was before, as chess players naturally develop very strong visualization skills! Still, the blindfold part seems difficult -- if I was doing it I would worry that I would forget about even one of the boards and would struggle to figure out what it was again. It would seem by the time I was through with making my move in 4 out of the 5 games, I'd totally forget what was going on in the 5th one, and so forth. But then, that's me -- someone 400-500 points higher rated is probably a big enough jump to the point where it is at least not overwhelmingly tough. Perhaps I could at least handle one blindfold game!
I should actually try blindfold for once -- now that chess.com has made it an option, perhaps today will be the day.
I didn't know it was an option. Do you remember what your rating was when you first answered this?
In live chess, go to settings, and for piece style, such as "classic" or "modern," there is also a "blindfold" option, my guess being it's just a blank board with no pieces. So any game with that board is essentially blindfolded.
If it was 4 years ago, it was probably early 2009, so I would say around 1400 USCF.
Oh. What's your USCF rating now? Never mind, I looked 1949.
Well, I tried it, against computer medium, 10 10 time control. I was able to do pretty decently I guess -- basically played a normal game of chess except I focused a lot more on making sure I wasn't accidentally hanging pieces.
However, the endgame was a problem lol -- forgot lots of stuff. At one point when I had queen and rook vs king, I thought I had the king all cut off but wondered why it wasn't giving me mate. It turns out black had a g pawn or something blocking the g file. You can kind of cheat as when your cursor is on a piece it looks different. So I could tell there was a pawn on g4 just by putting the cursor over it as it looks different from an empty square. So it's probably not a completely true blindfold in that sense, but it was nonetheless an interesting experience. I'll post the game here. The end was obviously pretty ridiculous; the best part was when I played Rxb6, forgetting about the a7 pawn that protected it!
Oh, and no, I would have no chance in hell with any more than one of these at a time!
Could she really play 5 games simultaneously without looking at the pieces? That's incredible.
Only five? Other GMs do more than that.
So, whatever happened to Susan Polgar and the lawsuits? Anyone have an unbiased summary link?
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