historical blindfold games, current events and videos

Nov 19 14

Magnus Carlsen vs Judit Polgar, Bilbao Blindfold Chess World Cup (2007)

So, we’ve seen a couple blindfold games of Anand, so let’s see if the Champ also has the stuff.  I’d say yes.  Here he dismantles Judit Polgar.  In keeping with the blindfold theme, check out the lovely 25. Rc4! rook sac.  Hardly seems fair to use distraction when you’re not even looking at the board.

Nov 18 14

Wish you could do this?

So why do we bother training blindfold chess?  On the one hand, there are tangible benefits to our game with increased board awareness, improved ability to calculate long lines, and a host of other improvements to our game.  But isn’t impressing our friends an even better reason?



Nov 14 14

V.Anand – P.Vallejo: Monaco, 2004, Amber Grandmaster Blindfold Tourney

Another Sicilian defense by black falls to Anand’s masterful attack.  Follow this one to the end and be rewarded by a beautiful queen sac mate.


Nov 13 14

V. Anand – V. Topalov: Roquebrune, 2003, Amber Grandmaster Blindfold Tourney

In honor of the ongoing Chess World Championship, let’s start by taking a look at some of Anand’s best blindfold games.  In this first game, Anand topped Topalov in a clean game in which Anand came up with some unique and interesting ideas.  The decisive result in his favor was fitting.