Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
as in, through spoken or written annotation alone...
Do any of them ever play chess without a board just for kicks? It would be cool as hell to play games while you're doing other mundane tasks, like driving or brushing your teeth. These people can just look at each other and be like, "E4" then "C6" etc.
Yes blindfold chess is a very fascinating subject. I have dabbled in the past and although i can keep track of the pieces while following an annotated game things do get a bit hazy. Actually having to work out variations while playing another person though is a completely different prospect and extremely difficult.
The grandmasters who play simultaneous blindfold games are quite amazing.
Paul Morphy was a tremendous exponent of the blindfold simul. certainly the best of his day. Here is one of my favourite Morphy blindfold games.
It was played as one of 8 boards in Paris 1858 against Henri Baucher. Morphy's opponents were the among the strongest Paris had to offer