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ivanr 24 ( +1 | -1 )
blindfold chess I find very useful to play blindfold. I can play without pieces but I cannot play without a chess board. Is there any use playing without board? If you find it useful and you can do it, please give my some advices how I can learn do it too.
ccmcacollister 194 ( +1 | -1 )
One Approach I don't know how much it will help someone's game. But may be woth trying. Or doing, just to be able to know you can do it. An FM I know who trains young players makes them know all the square colors. So he must feel there is some value to it. One approach is like this:

Visualize the long diagonals. You know its WT AT THE RIGHT when you set up board. So should be able to see h1 to a8 as WT. And a1 to h8 as black. Then
split down to 4 quadrants. Easy to see the e4(King 4) is WT since the most major pieces 4th rank SQ is always the color of that quadrants corner SQ. Like a1 to d4(Q4) makes them dark. Now seeing the Kings Quadrant aagin. Is easy to see f3 or g2 are WT. And like the Full Board, the e1(King-1)will be Opposite color than h1, just like a1 is opposite of h1 Because each Quad is just a miniature Full Board.
Then when you can put the pieces onto the squares, you can learn to break things down into quads and when you make a move that could cause trouble remembering on the Full Board, like if a Rook Pawn has moved, (since they are away from the center of your attention there it is easy to forget) then when you do move one, just make a mental picture of your Quad and "SEE" it as moved there, to remember later. If you didnt "Take a Picture", you know it didn't move. Thats one way to do it your self without computer. I'm sure there are others as good or better perhaps.
And have also heard of some programs that help you learn blindfold play. At least one was mentioned in Chess or GK Forum just the last week or so, but cant tell you what thread. Maybe somone can tell you where that was or what that program is. Seemed like it was Ao-1 or AO30 or something short like that. Might do A forum search for like "blindfold program" or similar?
Regards & good luck. Craig
baseline 35 ( +1 | -1 )
ivanr Its important to memorize the board, a good way to do this is to practice moving one piece around the board blindfold naming squares as you go. Once you have the board memorized you'll find it a lot easier to play blindfold. Playing blindfold will help you increase your ability to visualize positions when calculating during regular games.
brobishkin 83 ( +1 | -1 )
Playing blindfold chess... Blindfold chess is playing chess without sight of the board or pieces... The reason this is good for you is that it will train you to "see" positions without physical board and pieces... This is important because during a game, you are not allowed to move the pieces around in order to decide what you want to do... Therefore, any planning or calculating you do during a game must be done in your head...

The purpose of playing blindfold chess at first is not to win or even to play particularly well... You simply want to be able to get through a game keeping the constantly changing positions in your head... That's hard enough, and you need several passes before you get through a complete game... But each effort will pay off in the long run... Once you can play without looking, regular play becomes easier...

bonsai 71 ( +1 | -1 )
Well, knowing the colour of each square etc. is useful in a way. I think the ability to play blindfold just comes eventually with time, at some point all the squares don't just have a colour, they also have a "character" (c4: that square to which you can move your bishop and then it'll be potentially attacking f7, the bishop can often go to b3 or d3 or a2 from there, of course one could also maneuver a knight to there with Ng1-f3-d2-c4 etc). I don't know whether playing blindfold has any real value (except for the show at blindfold simuls), but the ability to do it is probably a good sign ("a sufficient, but not necessary condition") for one's abilitly to calculate variations (which definitely does require similar skills).