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By Eliot Hearst

Publication of the Year--United States Chess Federation. Finalist, e-book of the Year--English Chess Federation

for hundreds of years, blindfold chess--the paintings of enjoying with no sight of the board or pieces--has produced a few of the maximum feats of human reminiscence, progressing to the level that the area list in 2009 used to be forty five [and is now forty six] simultaneous blindfold video games. This paintings describes the personalities and achievements of a few of blindfold chess's maximum players--including Philidor, Morphy, Blackburne, Zukertort, Pillsbury, Reti, Alekhine, Koltanowski, Najdorf and high quality, in addition to present-day grandmasters comparable to Anand and Kramnik. together with a few by no means earlier than released, 444 video games ratings are provided, peppered with diagrams and annotations. tricks for taking part in blindfold, and its sensible worth, also are included.

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But the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War led to the speedy conclusion of the tournament and eliminated this possibility. Indeed, by mistake, Blackburne was placed under hotel-arrest overnight as a suspected spy. 42 Part I. The History of Blindfold Chess When Najdorf played 40 blindfold games simultaneously in 1943, over 70 years later, it was the first time anyone ever achieved the number of games Blackburne had suggested.

Because the players were among the strongest in England, the errors probably did not arise from attempts by them to make illegal moves, or even simple gross blunders, but rather arose during the transmission of the moves to Philidor, or from the incorrect placement of pieces whose previous 24 Part I. The History of Blindfold Chess moves were correctly transmitted. All the games from the display have been preserved and are Games 1–3 in Part III. Philidor played with the black pieces in every game, and against Maseres he also gave a pawn handicap.

The Danican family (originally of Scottish descent) had acquired the surname Philidor as a result of the praise given to François’ great-grandfather, a celebrated oboist, by Louis XIII who likened him to an Italian musician called Filidori, whose performances had greatly impressed the court in the early seventeenth century. Philidor learned to play chess while studying music at the Chapelle du Roy in Versailles, which he entered when he was six years old. At the age of 11 he composed a motet, which was performed for Louis XV.

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