What’s this kid doing?

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So as I was walking out of school, I saw this kid.

He was playing chess with his back turned and just calling out some numbers.

Anybody know how he’s doing that?

Thought it was pretty cool. 

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  • Kyle Van Horn
    Kyle Van Horn
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    Chess is a mind game. The board and pieces are helpful markers. He's playing the game in his mind.

    Anish Pradesh
    Anish Pradesh
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    Thats “blind fold” chess. He has to have all the pieces and positions of the board memorized in his head. its a pretty advanced technique. 

    Jon Miller
    Jon Miller
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    Future grandmaster in the making. 


    Hikaru Ichi
    Hikaru Ichi
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    Blindfolded chess! He is hearing the opponent call out the moves and calling his moves back out, while memorizing the board.

    Gary Petrov
    Gary Petrov
    :

    That's blindfold chess. He visualizes the moves and arising positions in his head. He uses notation to announce his moves (also receives opponents' moves in notation).

    Chris Hanson
    Chris Hanson
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    That must take some intense concentration to hold the images and positions in your mind

    Jose Barraza
    Jose Barraza
    :

    I think most grandmasters can play blindfolded. 

    I posted a clip of Magnus playing blind folded against 10 Harvard Law graduates, and beating them all. 

    Can you imagine having to keep track of 10 different games all at once in your mind?

    Eric McMaster
    Eric McMaster
    :

    It helps to memorize the color of each square as well.

    Use the Vision Trainer on the chess.com app

    Luke Shields
    Luke Shields
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    That's pretty impressive. I can't imagine memorizing all the pieces and moving them around in my head while keeping track of everything.

    Joe Davies
    Joe Davies
    :

    I stood there awhile watching him play. He said he was ranked was 1700 or something

    Jack Caswell
    Jack Caswell
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    hmm, wonder what his rank is?

    Billy Tiesler
    Billy Tiesler
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    I’m practicing that right now!

    It helps you with your board vision and calculations. When you can see the pieces and memorize positions, it makes it a lot easier to calculate moves ahead. 

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