Grandmaster Timur Gareyev
About Blindfold Chess
What is Blindfold Chess?
Blindfold chess (also known as sans voir) is a form of chess play wherein the players do not see the positions of the pieces or touch them. This forces players to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces. Moves are communicated auditorily via a recognized chess notation.
Psychology of Blindfold Chess
Given that it seems to require extraordinary visuo-spatial abilities and memory, this form of chess has led to considerable research in psychology, starting with the research of Alfred Binet in 1893, continuing with the work of chess grandmaster and psycho-analyst Reuben Fine in 1965, and culminating in the last two decades with several scientific articles describing experiments on the psychology of blindfold chess. In general, this research shows that what is crucial for blindfold chess are both the knowledge that chess players have acquired and their ability to carry out visuo-spatial operations in the mind’s eye.
According to Hearst and Knott in their book BLINDFOLD CHESS History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records and Important Games, some interesting findings were concluded: