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  1. 15 May '06 19:43
    who plays blind chess ?
    who plays chess without the board ?
    I read somewhere that it can be risky for mental health if you are not used to it , true or not ?
  2. 15 May '06 20:17
    it's actually not that complicated:
    you opponent moves,
    your friend (who moves the pieces) calls out the move in notation form.
    You study the 'board' (while blindfolded) and call out your move in notation form
    your friend moves the piece

    As for the mental health....some people say all chess players are insane...so to each his own
  3. 15 May '06 20:22
    Originally posted by e4master
    it's actually not that complicated:
    you opponent moves,
    your friend (who moves the pieces) calls out the move in notation form.
    You study the 'board' (while blindfolded) and call out your move in notation form
    your friend moves the piece

    As for the mental health....some people say all chess players are insane...so to each his own
    it's too complicated !
  4. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    15 May '06 20:48
    Originally posted by HFRorbis
    who plays blind chess ?
    who plays chess without the board ?
    I read somewhere that it can be risky for mental health if you are not used to it , true or not ?
    I've done it a couple of times. It's very mentally demanding and draining, but I'm not sure if it's dangerous for mental health. No more than doing rigorous excersize is dangerous for physical health. If you have a previous problem, like hearth disease, it could be dangerous, but not for the majority of us.
  5. Standard member Arrakis
    D_U_N_E
    15 May '06 20:51
    Originally posted by HFRorbis
    who plays blind chess ?
    who plays chess without the board ?
    I read somewhere that it can be risky for mental health if you are not used to it , true or not ?
    The Russians outlawed the event about 20 years ago. If you really want to find out why then google it.
  6. 15 May '06 22:14
    Originally posted by arrakis
    The Russians outlawed the event about 20 years ago. If you really want to find out why then google it.
    I think it was a lot more than 20 years ago, (like 60+) don't think it's still banned.
    Or is it?
  7. Standard member mosquitorespect
    Not Royalty
    15 May '06 22:18
    Originally posted by ark13
    If you have a previous problem, like hearth disease...
    Put another log in?
  8. Standard member Freddie2008
    9 Edits
    15 May '06 23:02
    Originally posted by arrakis
    The Russians outlawed the event about 20 years ago. If you really want to find out why then google it.
    "Simultaneous blindfold exhibitions were officially banned in 1930 in the USSR as they were deemed to be a health hazard."

    Genius
  9. 15 May '06 23:16
    I have played a few games blindfold it is kinda fun. only very weak players thought.
  10. 16 May '06 04:51
    I know some medical people used to view it as risky for mental health,(i think that was the case in morphys time.) but i thought that changed over time and now its recognised as not being such a risk. but i cant quite remember what i read about it so i may be wrong. does anyone know how to train yourself to be able to visualise that well? or is it that if you understand enough about the Intricacies of chess positions in general it becomes easy.
  11. 18 May '06 21:26
    Originally posted by TheDarkKnight
    I know some medical people used to view it as risky for mental health,(i think that was the case in morphys time.) but i thought that changed over time and now its recognised as not being such a risk. but i cant quite remember what i read about it so i may be wrong. does anyone know how to train yourself to be able to visualise that well? or is it that if you understand enough about the Intricacies of chess positions in general it becomes easy.
    It's a clear knowledge of the board on a visual level. Visualization. That's all it is. Lev ALburt does this with knight sight in the first two volumes, but just knights, nothing more.
  12. 19 May '06 03:31
    thx, so i guess just practice visualising is all there is to it.