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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Vincent Conrad Peyer
"Funeral Peyer" (game of the day May-13-2006)
Blindfold Simul, 10b (1875) (blindfold), London ENG, Apr-21
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Another great blindfold game from Blackburne... although I am puzzled at the 'point' of playing blindfold.

Would you pay more to see an orchestra conductor if he was wearing ear-plugs?

May-13-06  Far1ey: Blindfolded chess is to test your memory. It is good practise, I sometimes try but only on ameteurs.

Black shoulda castled earlier

May-13-06  ganstaman: <offramp: Would you pay more to see an orchestra conductor if he was wearing ear-plugs?> Actually, I think that that would be harder than it sounds. While I've never conducted, I've been in school bands. I think the conductor relies a lot on hearing what's going on. He'd probably do ok with earplugs, but the orchestra could probably also do fine without the conductor. My guess is that it would result in a decrease in quality only noticeable to those who would have paid to listen in the first place.

Blindfold chess looks impressive to the uninitiated. It is a bit more difficult that non-blindfold chess, too (I think that the better you are, the less difference there is between your abilities with and without vision). It's like giving pawns odds, or maybe even less, or maybe even more.

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  Richard Taylor: I can only visualise games if I imagine the pieces are big and three dimensional - with practise I might get to be able to play one game but I am not good at it -it is good to work out moves from diagrams without moving the pieces so in a sense we all play blindfold -but of course these guys play several games at quite a high level. But blindfold is best only as practice nowadays it is bit silly in tournaments as sometimes played.
May-13-06  ganstaman: I also find it easier to play blindfold than to play out written moves from a diagram. When it's your game, you really pay attention to it all and you know for the most part why each piece is where it is. You also got to see the pieces get the the squares they're on, so you have a better idea of what's where. From a diagram, the game is less alive to you, and therefore harder to remember. Or at least this is how it is for me.
May-13-06  suenteus po 147: <I am puzzled at the 'point' of playing blindfold.>

Anybody can juggle flaming torches or throwing poison-tipped axes at another human being, but it takes real talent to do the same thing blindfolded with no visits to the hospital.

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  WannaBe: <suenteus po 147: ... Anybody can juggle flaming torches...>

Obviously you haven't seen me yet. You've seen too many shows at your old 'dig'. =)

May-13-06  SJP: <ganstaman: the games are less alive...> I find that with some puzzles etc. It's harder to find the key move half-way through, if you know what I mean. I usually convince myself that I woudl have found the continuation had I played the game up to that point.
May-13-06  ganstaman: <SJP> I know exactly what you mean. That's why for the puzzles given on this site, if I really want to try to solve the harder ones, I'll play through the game up to the position given. I try not to rush through it either. Take my time and try to understand each move. When you see how the pieces have been moving and where the points of attack have been, seeing the winning continuation is actually much easier.
May-13-06  EmperorAtahualpa: I'm sure the last few moves must have been pretty hard to calculate for White while blindfolded. Respect for that!
May-13-06  Jack Kerouac: You know that it would be untrue,
You know that I would be a lier-
If I were to say to you,
Blackburne would be beat by Peyer...
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  kevin86: Come on baby light my (EmperorAtahualpa's avatar)!

I believe Blackburne once announced a forced mate in SEVENTEEN during a blindfold game! How many people would even SEE a mate in 17?

A nice mate-employing a rook,queen sac,and crossfired bishops.

May-13-06  jperr75108: Impressive display by Blackburne in a blindfold game. Too many white pieces around blacks king for it to have any way of escaping.
May-13-06  dakgootje: <How many people would even SEE a mate in 17?> see them all the time, only pity that the moves are never forced =)

Nah okay, but blackburne did a great job playing this way blindfold. Normally when ive got the time, i prefer blindfold over normal games, because they are harder to play, and more fun because of that...

May-13-06  mahmoudkubba: <For: Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Peyer "Funeral Peyer" (game of the day May-13-06) Blindfold, England 1875 Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Slow Variation (C52) 1-0 > Do u mean the other player wasn't playing blindfold? and wasn't knowing the result from the beginning? I'm really just asking and it is just a question really.
May-13-06  jackmandoo: I play blindfolded, but not chess, only in tennis.
May-13-06  MrMojoRisin: <jackmandoo> Ever tried to play blindfold SnowBoarding? Its all the rage here over in New Zealand. You should try it someday. It's quite fun... knowing that any second you could collide with a tree or that you could go right off a cliff.
May-14-06  dakgootje: <You should try it someday> I second that, maybe <jackmandoo> can tell us afterwards how it feels to know that you could die every second... also fun: blindfolded free running
Jun-19-06  jackmandoo: I want to see a GM give a exhibition not only blindfolded, but gagged and bound too.Also maybe wearing black latex and some chick with a whip standing over him. You know I mean its the 00's. Seems only right.
Jun-19-06  technical draw: <jackmandoo> Good idea, but it dpends on which GM is giving the exhibition. If Kasparov is in black latex I want to be blindfolded.
Jun-19-06  Big Rab: <jackmandoo> I'd love to see your DVD collection!!
Jun-19-06  blingice: <dakgootje: blindfolded free running>

YES! Speaking of free runners:

Jul-23-11  buchadolph: Actually blindfold chess is a great training tool. When I play through a game by just reading the score, it seems to be different part of my brain that remembers it. I can always remember the game completely. Go figure.
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  Penguincw: No castling?
Jan-05-15  Ke2: Amazing. Morphy-style.
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