Download e-book for kindle: Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, by Eliot Hearst

By Eliot Hearst

ISBN-10: 0786434449

ISBN-13: 9780786434442

ISBN-10: 0786452927

ISBN-13: 9780786452927

Throughout the 18th century, whilst Philidor performed blindfold video games of chess concurrently, eyewitnesses have been requested to swear affidavits testifying to this extraordinary feat. because then, blindfold chess--the paintings of taking part in with out sight of the board or pieces--has produced many of the maximum feats of human reminiscence, progressing to the level that the area list is forty five simultaneous blindfold video games. This paintings offers the 1st wide insurance of blindfold chess from its earliest recognized situations during the modern. It describes the personalities and achievements of a few of blindfold chess's maximum players--including Paulsen, Morphy, Blackburne, Zukertort, Pillsbury, Reti, Alekhine, Koltanowski, Najdorf and positive, in addition to present-day grandmasters reminiscent of Anand, Kramnik and Morozevich, who play in usual tournaments with all gamers blindfolded. together with a few by no means ahead of released, 444 video games ratings are provided, peppered with diagrams and annotations. tricks for enjoying blindfold chess, the advantages of taking part in blindfold, and a readable precis of mental study on blindfold chess skill also are integrated. Appendices provide a chronology of world-record simultaneous blindfold performances because the 18th century, and proposed ideas for critical simultaneous blindfold play.

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Philidor played with the black pieces in every game, and against Maseres he also gave a pawn handicap. Philidor’s blindfold exhibitions had a great impact upon the general public. Indeed, affidavits were collected from witnesses attesting to the authenticity of the game reports and the conditions of play, lest subsequent generations should doubt that the achievements had actually occurred. But Philidor was at best duplicating the feats of players of earlier times. Fr. Saccheri’s exploits had, in particular, been fairly widely reported, but were apparently overlooked by journalists and others (of course they had no computer databases or massive game collections to consult).

Amant’s unwarranted help, Morphy correctly declared a move attempted by one player to be impossible. Out of the eight games, he scored +6, -1, =1 in just over five hours (Games 394–401). At the end of the performance he showed no signs of fatigue but said he was looking forward to having something to eat. When Morphy gave an 8-board blindfold display at the Café de la Régence in Paris on September 27, 1858, it aroused tremendous interest. During the exhibition there were 1,500 visitors. A corner of the salon was roped off, where Morphy sat with his back to the players and audience.

Further, it may be quite significant that, although Harrwitz edited a chess column in Le Monde Illustré, he apparently failed to publish any of the games, nor is his performance score available in any known source. According to Edge (page 191), popular opinion expressed itself in the following verse, Daniel Harrwitz (courtesy Edward Winter). directed toward Harrwitz: Tu veux singer Morphy, jouer phenomenal; Jeune imprudent, tu forces ta nature. En vain tu te poses en original, Tu n’en es que la caricature.

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