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Blindfold Chess

History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World

437 Seiten, Leinen, McFarland, 1. Auflage 2009.

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During the 18th century, when Philidor played two blindfold games of chess simultaneously, eyewitnesses were asked to swear affidavits attesting to this remarkable feat. Since then, blindfold chess-the art of playing without sight of the board or pieces-has produced some of the greatest feats of human memory, progressing to the extent that the world record is 45 simultaneous blindfold games.

This work provides the first extensive coverage of blindfold chess from its earliest known instances through the present day. It describes the personalities and achievements of some of blindfold chess's greatest players-including Paulsen, Morphy, Blackburne, Zukertort, Pillsbury, Réti, Alekhine, Koltanowski, Najdorf and Fine, as well as present-day grandmasters such as Anand, Kramnik and Morozevich, who play in regular tournaments with all players blindfolded. Including some never before published, 444 games scores are presented, peppered with diagrams and annotations. Hints for playing blindfold chess, the benefits of playing blindfold, and a readable summary of psychological research on blindfold chess ability are also included. Appendices offer a chronology of world-record simultaneous blindfold performances since the 18th century, and proposed rules for serious simultaneous blindfold play.

About the Author

A United States Olympic Chess Team captain in 1962, Eliot Hearst is a U.S. Life Senior Master. A former columnist for Chess Life , he has written extensively about the psychology of sports and games, computer chess, learning, memory and conflict. A distinguished professor emeritus at Indiana University, Hearst currently serves as an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. John Knott has written numerous legal articles, has a nonfiction book under way, and is a consultant at the London head office of an international law firm. Each author has had a particular interest in blindfold chess and has studied the subject for more than 30 years.


Sprache Englisch
Autor Hearst, Eliot
Knott, John
Verlag McFarland
Auflage 1.
Medium Buch
Gewicht 975 g
Breite 18,5 cm
Höhe 26 cm
Seiten 437
ISBN-13 9780786434442
Erscheinungsjahr 2009
Einband Leinen
Fotos 62


001 Preface and Acknowledgments

007 Introduction

015 1. Even Before Philidor

021 2. Francois-André Philidor

025 3. Between Philidor and the Late 1800s

050 4. The First Part of the Twentieth Century

115 5. The Last Fifty Years

136 6. Women and Blindfold Chess

139 7. Major Recent Tournaments and Matches

151 8. Research on General Chess Skill

179 9. Psychological Studies and Commentaries on Blindfold Chess

191 10. The Techniques of Blindfold Champions

200 11. The Supposed Health Hazards

207 World Record-Setting Simultaneous Exhibitions

313 Other Significant Games

391 Afterword

395 Appendix A. "World Record" Blindfold Simultaneous Exhibitions Since 1782

407 Appendix B. Proposed Rules for Serious Simultaneous Blindfold Displays

409 Bibliography

415 Games Index (to game numbers)

422 Traditional Openings Index (to game numbers)

424 ECO Openings Index (to game numbers)

426 Illustrations Index (to page numbers)

427 General Index (to page numbers)

"Most comprehensive and unique"-The Washington Post

Blindfold Chess


54,95 €