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xaili02 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Blind-folded What are some strategies for an average chess player to help them play blind-folded? (some tactics would help too :) I can do this with basic openings but only up to a point. thnx

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triangulator 7 ( +1 | -1 )
I thought only gms could do that, I can only go about 35 moves at best
atrifix 58 ( +1 | -1 )
Of course that goes hand in hand with the typical GM-abilities to be able to instantaneously evaluate a position and to be able to see 45 moves ahead, as well as the bonus of being able to drop the pieces and have them fall on the right squares.

Seriously, if you want to get better at playing blindfolded, practice is your best bet. Playing chess OTB will probably increase your blindfold strength, but to increase your visualization, just practice visualizing positions without a board. If you want you can try to analyze the positions in your head and compare it to other's analyses.
atrifix 39 ( +1 | -1 )
As for tactics Try envisioning where each piece is at each move. Where are the rooks, where is the king, and so on. The pawn structure is the least flexible element of the game, so this could help you out some. Changes in the pawn structure and the material balance are the most permanent changes to a game. And try not to "miss" pieces that are on the side of the board or where you wouldn't usually expect them to be.
axedrez 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Triangulator, 35 moves is very good. I can only go about 20 some moves :)
brobishkin 60 ( +1 | -1 )
xaili... There is no strategy to playing blind-fold... It helps to know your opening variations and patterns... But most of all it just takes practice and practice and more practice at just playing that way... But in the end, it's just an impressing tool of look what I can do... It doesn't necessarlly mean your a greater player or a grand master (you can play blind-fold and still lose)... It usually means you have studied and practiced playing blind-fold...

It's impressive but that all it is... It doesn't make you a master... Now if you win while playing a Grandmaster blind-fold, that might put you up on the scales...

Bro...
atrifix 16 ( +1 | -1 )
I find blindfold helps for general visualization tactics. Being able to play blindfold doesn't make you a grandmaster, but it could improve your play a bit.
certainratio 105 ( +1 | -1 )
tips: quick: what color is the c5 square?

Learn to see the colors of the squares immediately
without having to calculate them (like
knowing that d1 is White and counting from there).

Also, analyze lots of diagrams in your head.
Or, follow along someone else's analysis without
moving the pieces. Take your favorite chess
book that has complete games, some diagrams, and
lots of analysis. Practice reading the whole
book without setting up any pieces.

Memorize some favorite games and then sit in
front of an empty board and play out the moves
in your head while staring at the board.

Stare at a random chess diagram from a middlegame
for 10-60 seconds and then see if you can
reconstruct the position on a real board.
Time yourself, and see how fast you can do it.

Best tip of all: play lots of blindfold games.
If you can, get a chess program that allows you
to play blindfold (like chessmaster).

A friend of mine and I used to play chess on the
bus on the way to school with no set.

Good luck,
Beau
weenink 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Other way around I don't think practising blindfold improves your playing strength, it's the other way around. When you become a strong player, you will have no more problems playing blindfold, all good players are able to do this.
tengaaru 19 ( +1 | -1 )
the way i play blindfolded chess is to only vision the current position, forgeting everything that happened previously. This way it does not matter what move you are on it could be the 200th.
nwadvana 28 ( +1 | -1 )
Blindfold chess does help tactical vision, and the same can be said for the opposite. Improving in tactical ability, say for example, from positions in a book (Without using a real chessboard and pieces) will also help generate blindfold chess abilities.
chuckventimiglia 86 ( +1 | -1 )
I have never tried playing.... blindfolded and don't think I ever will. :-] I
guess I am not a good player. Seems to me that playing blindfolded and knowing the openings
do not go hand in hand. If your opponent makes
just one move "out of book" the blindfolded player
would have to instantly visualize this. I can not imagine that I could ever do that.

I quit most OTB chess quite a while back but I have played correspondence chess for many
years. I forget what club it was but I was playing
an old man that was legally blind. Although he was not blindfolded I guess that was the next thing to it. He had to use a special lense over his monitor just to see the board. He was/is a super strong player and I lost. That is the closest I ever came to blindfolded chess. My opponent was the blind person and he had a definite advantage over me,
non-blind. Can't even begin to imagine playing blind.
nwadvana 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Personally, i dont think blindfold play should be provoked. It becomes natural once a player reaches a certain strength in chess and tactical abilty.
tengaaru 38 ( +1 | -1 )
i am very poor at chess, as you can see by my rating, but i can play blindfolded quite well. i only learned how to play chess three years ago, so i think it has more to do with plain memorization. i think blindfolded chess is easier than plain chess because real life images (over the board), confuses me. that is why i only play over the internet.
honololou 36 ( +1 | -1 )
I have never played blindfolded… but I would think that one thing that could help would be to
play many games simultaneously. Forcing yourself to keep
mental images of many positions would, perhaps hone the
skills you seek. Currently, I see you are only playing three
games here. Maybe if you had 15 to 20 active games that
would help.
triangulator 16 ( +1 | -1 )
axedrez thank you this is mostly in the sicilian dragon though when I know most of the tactics, 30 is my best in obscure openings( ones I don't know as well)