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Blindfold chess

Buzecca, a Muslim, was the first blindfold player in Europe, playing  two games blindfold in Florence in 1265.  It took 518 years before three games were played blindfold, by Philidor in 1783.  One newspaper wrote 'This exertion of Mr. Philidor's abilities appear one of the greatest of which the human memory is susceptible.  That record stood for 74 years.  In 1857 Louis Paulsen played four games blindfold simultaneously (see simultaneous).  In 1930, blindfold chess was once forbidden by law in the Soviet Union because it is considered artistically pointless and harmful to one's health.

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