historical blindfold games, current events and videos

Jun 17 17

Blindfold renaissance!

Seems like a ton of today’s youtubers have picked up blindfold chess play as a new piece of content for their channels. Lucky us!  Here’s one of the chessbrahs Aman Hambleton having a go. Enjoy..


Apr 17 17

Andrew Tang plays 15 second games blindfolded

This has to be pushing one of the boundaries of what’s possible on blindfold.  Not exactly high quality games, but impressive nonetheless!

Jan 5 17

We’re Back!

It’s been a while, but noirchess is back and better than ever.  We’ve brought the web app in-line with the latest iOS and Android versions of the apps available in the app stores, and made some other improvements to the infrastructure of the site. Please let us know if you see any problems, and we hope you enjoy the new features!

May 22 15

Magnus Plays 3 blindfold games simul

Fun to see the world champ.


Feb 26 15

P.C. Morphy vs L. Paulsen October 20, 1857

Let’s take a trip in the way-back machine to look at a game played between two legends. Here Morphy takes down Paulsen in a very complicated King’s Knight game. Paulsen ends up giving up his Queen for 2 rooks, but Morphy masterfully gobbles up pawns and overwhelms his opponent with pushed passed pawns.

Looking forward to the day that I can play a 54 move game blindfolded!

Feb 18 15

Viktor Korchnoi vs Gata Kamsky and Judit Polgar.

In honor of the legend Viktor Korchnoi, who is playing this week in Zurich, let’s look back at a few of his blindfold games from 1994. Here he grinds down a young Judit Polgar in a queen’s indian gone right for white. Polgar actually achieved the advantage after 21 .. g4, with her king side attack coming faster, but gave up the advantage after the inaccuracy on move 26. Taking with the h pawn would have left more dynamic tension around the white king. White’s queen side domination eventually was decisive, and Polgar resigned.

So, after that nice victory, let’s look at a less flattering game from his fairly poor performance that year. Here Korchnoi makes a horrible blindfold blunder playing against another legend, Gata Kamsky, and hangs his queen on move 20. Yes, even the player known as “the strongest player to never be World Champion” can hang his queen, so we definitely shouldn’t feel so bad if/when we do the same!

Feb 6 15

Hikaru Nakamura vs Chucky, Amber Blindfold 2011

Congratulations to American Hikaru Nakamura who managed to hold on and win in the Tradwise Gibralter Chess Tournament.  As we do, let’s post one of his past blindfold games, this time against super GM Vassily Ivanchuk.  Here Nakamura as black keeps up the pressure, establishing a monster Knight on g2 before trapping a white piece in the closed position, forcing the resignation.

Jan 29 15

In honor of Baadur Jobava’s Tata Steel Tournament

I went looking around for an example of this eclectic strong GM winning at blindfold chess but, unfortunately, couldn’t come up with any decent wins.  Instead, I present a game of his against the recently disappointing Aronian.  This game is from the 2012 SportAccord Blindfold tournament which, which Aronian won. I do find him to be a classy player, and wish him luck finding his form again!

Here it’s a pretty standard opening, despite Jobava’s reputation, at least through the first 10 moves. Then Jobava plays the dubious Bh6 and things start to go astray. No permanent damage is done until he blunders his knight after missing 17. Qe3 — pinning his knight to his undefended rook. He fights on valiantly, but finally throws in the towel with his Queen imprisoned cleverly on a2. I do love seeing 2700’s making blindfold blunders!

Dec 12 14

KID is broken

In honor of Kramnik’s domination over Nakamura’s Kind’s Indian Defense, and his press conference afterwards where he indicated that he feels the defense is basically unsound, let’s take a look at a micro he played at the Amber Blindfold ternament way back in 2001. I wouldn’t use this game as proof that the KID is flawed, but it does make a amateur blindfold player feel better about his blindfold blunders.. it even happens to 2700+ players!

Nov 21 14

Svidler,P – Carlsen,M 19th Amber Blindfold Nice FRA

So we’ve taken a look at some of the games of the 2014 chess World Championship competitors, but what about the official commentators?  Here’s an example game where Svidler was playing none other than a certain M. Carelsen.  A game he most likely would like to forget…