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Alekhine / Koltanowski Blindfold Team vs Maccabi Chess Club
"Maccabi rebels" (game of the day Dec-27-2005)
Blind tandem simul, 6b (1934) (blindfold), Antwerp BEL, Feb-??
Sicilian Defense: Staunton-Cochrane Variation (B20)  ·  0-1
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Jan-02-03  drukenknight: I have had the same experience as pawntificator, the pieces almost start playing by themselves, but I can never do that when conscious.

I do not worry about the inability to do it, unlike pawntiff, though, it probably just has something to do with relaxing and putting youself in the proper mental state.

Jan-02-03  mdorothy: That, and the fact that consiously, only about 10% of your brain is working.. thats like 90% that can work when your unconsious. Both me and friends have had similar expiriences where we have an incredibly hard nonlinear thinking problem. We'll think and think and think for two weeks. Then, in the middle of the night, we'll wake up, and the answer will be so obvious. That may have nothing to do with this, cuz thats not quite unconsious, and I'm no sleep expert, but its food for thought.
Jan-03-03  pawntificator: What? Me? Worry? heh heh, I've got nothing to worry about! I'm so good I could beat you in my sleep! heh heh, just being silly of course.
Dec-27-05  vampiero: actually i remember reading that scientists have now noticed that more or less ALL of your brain works and it would be extremely strange to see only 10% of our body work, infact, those who believe in evolution should conclude that anything we dont need should in the end not exist anymore. BTW, did you know that the apendix also does something, it realeses some special enzymes for you immunity system, although not vital, it is useful for your body.....now back to chess
Dec-27-05  SnoopDogg: <actually i remember reading that scientists have now noticed that more or less ALL of your brain works and it would be extremely strange to see only 10% of our body work, infact, those who believe in evolution should conclude that anything we dont need should in the end not exist anymore. BTW, did you know that the apendix also does something, it realeses some special enzymes for you immunity system, although not vital, it is useful for your body.....now back to chess>

Any evidence? Source to help your claim about scientists noticing more or less ALL of your brain works?

Dec-27-05
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  khense: <vampiero> "...ALL of your brain works..." Yeah, however I heard that the average person only knows how to do 1% of the functions available on a computer - we probably don't know how to use our brains much better.
Dec-27-05  THE pawn: And it's like muscles, your muscles never deliver more than 20% of its maximum strength, unless you are on adrenaline or on stero´ds. You brain never fonction to its full capacity when you are awake, it's even more likely to be more efficient during your sleep. However, games like chess help to improve your control over all of your brain.
Dec-27-05
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  al wazir: It turns out that d3 wasn't the best place for white's ♖, but white could have avoided losing a ♙ by playing 20. Bf3 instead of f4. 25. Bf3 was five moves too late.
Dec-27-05  dakgootje: Nice game. About the blindfold-thingy: Ive only once played a blindfold game, few days ago, and i won even though my opponent had a board, but that lasted only untill move 58, so not very long. But because of that ive only played one blindfold game, i cant really compare with other games...
Dec-27-05  dakgootje: Maybe nice to write for everyone: If youve ever played a blindfold game yourself, if yes then about how many games and if youre good at it...Maybe post the game, if its not too bad, somewhere?
Dec-27-05  Egghead: What's the point of 11.Kh1?
Dec-27-05  refutor: i have played blindfold, but with sight of a board (e.g. no pieces, just the squares). it's not that hard...with the board
Dec-27-05  EmperorAtahualpa: I think the most interesting part of this game is not the game itself, but rather the fact that Alekhine, who would later write anti-Semitic articles, is playing against a Jewish chess club (I assume so when looking at its name) and Koltanowski is actually also Jewish.

By the way, what does Maccabi mean? It is probably a Hebrew word...there are many Israeli soccer teams with "Maccabi" in it, e.g. Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Maccabi Petach-Tikva, etc. Does it mean "club" perhaps?

Dec-27-05  soberknight: <Egghead> White Kh1 is thematic in the open Sicilian, to prepare f4 without fear of a pin by Qb6. In this game it didn't make much sense because White didn't play f4 until much later.

<Emperor> The Maccabees were Jewish fighters who conquered the Hellenist Greeks during the Hasmonean period (2d or 3d century BCE) and restored the Holy Temple for Jewish worship. This historic victory led to the annual holiday of Chanukah, which Jews are celebrating this week. The idea of a "Maccabi" as a military winner presumably lies behind the use of that name in Israeli sports teams. (BTW, I take credit for suggesting this game to chessgames as GOTD.)

Dec-27-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Thank you for your explanation, <soberknight>. And a nice suggestion for GOTD too!
Dec-27-05
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  kevin86: There are many cases of "chess blindness" on over the board playing;in blindfold chess,the player has the "mind's eye" view of the board,definitely inferor to the normal one and would probably make more careless errors in that format. Here is a prime example.
Dec-27-05  dakgootje: <i have played blindfold, but with sight of a board (e.g. no pieces, just the squares). it's not that hard...with the board> Well okay in that case I played with the help of: a chair, and pencil + paper, as i was allowed to notate, not drawing miniatures, just notate ;-)
Dec-27-05  dakgootje: ow and a table to write on =)
Dec-27-05  itz2000: didn't white quit too early?
Dec-27-05
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  al wazir: <refutor: i have played blindfold, but with sight of a board (e.g. no pieces, just the squares). it's not that hard...with the board>.

Sight of the board, even without pieces, is very useful. Here's how anyone can learn to become a blindfold player. A friend told me about this; I've never tried it, but I believe it works. He was no stronger than I, but he could play two blindfold games simultaneously.

Paint or paste a chessboard on the ceiling above your bed. Every night for half an hour before you go to sleep, think of a square (identified by rank and file) and with eyes closed picture where it is, what color it is, what squares it adjoins and what squares it connects to via knight's and bishops moves. Then check by looking at the board. Do this repeatedly.

After 64 nights you'll be able to play blindfold chess.

Dec-27-05  refutor: another thing that helps is to imagine a square, then divide the square in four (in your mind) and picture the light squares and the dark squares.

now divide each of those squares in four, so there are sixteen squares, and picture the light squares and the dark squares.

once you can picture the 16 squares and "see" each one, divide each of them by 4 for a total of 64 squares. it sounds silly, but it's a good exercise you can do

Dec-27-05  hitman84: <refutor>a very interesting idea,but what i feel is its just not the chess board try and visualise different things like when u r reading a novel or listning to music.

if your concentration is good you can visualise anything.

start visualising small objects and then move on to more complex things.

one thing that helped my visualisation was 3d pictures and illusions.try recognising 3d pictures and illusions it certainly will improve your imagination.

Dec-27-05  johnwgoes: "It was about that time [Pearl Harbor] tthat news reached Dr. Alekhine that his wife was in France in the hands of the Germans. He tried to get permission to join her. The German authorities, realising the Champion's propaganda value, gave this permission on condition that he wrote two articles on Chess for the German <Pariser Zeitung>. It is a fact the he was able to return to France and that two articles appeared in the German-controlled press over his name.

These articles were received by all sections of the chess world with the greatest indignation. They were in fact a violent anti-Jewish and pro-Nazi diatribe. They were at the same time so utterly senseless that no unprejudiced person coulod believe in Dr. Alekhine's authorship. When years later he saw these articles he declared most solemnly that not a single word was from his pen.

In the meantime he and his wife were directed to take up residence in Prague from where, for the next two years, he attended various tournaments at Vienna, Munich and Salzburg, ect. His detractors claim that he was a willing tool in the hands of the Germans and had a prosperous time in their territory. This does not tally with the description given by the Portuguese Champion, Fransisco Lupi(F Lupi), when he first met Dr. Alekhine after his return to SPain. Instead of the fine physical specimen of a man, such as he expected to meet, he found "a tall, very thin man waiting for me, whose words and gestures were those of an automaton . . . It was Alekine."

The effect of the condemnation by fellow chess players on a man who always had thrived on popularity can well be imagined. In addition, for the second time in his life, he had lost all he had. His fine home in France had been, as he put it, scientifically ransacked by the invader. Neither Spain nor Portugal could afford him the living to which he was accustomed or in fact, any living at all. The chances in France were ven worse at the time. . . ."

"Memoir of Alekhine" by J. Du Mont, in the preface to My Best Games of Chess 1924-1937

Dec-28-05
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  al wazir: <johnwgoes: These articles were received by all sections of the chess world with the greatest indignation. They were in fact a violent anti-Jewish and pro-Nazi diatribe. They were at the same time so utterly senseless that no unprejudiced person coulod believe in Dr. Alekhine's authorship. When years later he saw these articles he declared most solemnly that not a single word was from his pen.>

The same disavowal is repeated in the biographical introduction to the first volume of Kotov's _Alekhine's Chess Legacy_. In Alekhine's words, "I must repeat here once more what I have already published several times, namely, that the senseless and lying (from the chess point of view) articles which appeared under my name in 1941 in a Parisian newspaper are a brazen fabrication."

But the world did believe he was their author. Kotov blames this in part on capitalist propaganda, but also in part on Alekhine's "lack of political principles." Alekhine was universally condemned in chess circles and ostracized. Kotov writes "Alekhine met his untimely death in a small hotel room in the Portuguese town of Estorial, in poverty and complete isolation."

As for me, I don't know the truth. Some people actually are rabid racists, but under wartime conditions even decent people can revert to antisocial or criminal behavior.

Mar-26-15
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  tpstar: The only database loss by the blindfold Dream Team.

17. Rd3!? looks like a strange choice. The Rook serves no good purpose centralized like that, and the lack of f2-f3 eventually costs the Pe4. White still has fighting chances at the end, only down the exchange plus a Pawn, but presumably they gallantly resigned.

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