Blindfold Game

Oct 2, 2013, 11:46 AM |

I have started experimenting with blindfold chess in an attempt to improve my visualization and over the board strength (I use the analysis board extensively in online games and it has become somewhat of a crutch). I fully expected to have severe difficulties with this and drop pieces like hats on a roller coaster.

Amazingly, I was able to complete my first two games without any major errors. In fact, because of the concentration needed to "see" the board, I played much slower than usual and avoided significant blunders. The game below is my second foray into blindfold.


It should be noted that my opponent was less like Gary Kasparov and more like Gary Colman (8..Ke7? is pretty silly, among others). I played Fritz 12 on a handicap setting so I would get the chance to find some tactics. I am pretty pleased that I found 26.Rxf7! this far into a crazy game. Also, this isn't true blindfold since I was looking at a blank board throughout.