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    Chessbase has a review on Blindfold Chess today (the book by Elliot Hearst and John Knott) by Edward Winter (the most respected chess historian out there).
    It is the definitive book on blindfold chess in the world and there has never been a book like it. The publishers are McFarlane and they make magnificent books. I cant wait to get my hands on it. The link was posted by Pete McKillop in a thread just below.

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    Re: Blindfold Chess - the book

    Hi Hans,

    I am ordering it today...give us 2 weeks.

    You can order it on-line at Strategy Games:

    www.strategygames.ca

    Larry

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    • #3
      Re: Blindfold Chess - the book

      Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
      Chessbase has a review on Blindfold Chess today (the book by Elliot Hearst and John Knott) by Edward Winter (the most respected chess historian out there).
      It is the definitive book on blindfold chess in the world and there has never been a book like it. The publishers are McFarlane and they make magnificent books. I cant wait to get my hands on it. The link was posted by Pete McKillop in a thread just below.
      Can also order from CFC for $81.19

      I'm just saying... I haven't looked to see what Larry's price is/will be

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        Re: Blindfold Chess - the book

        Originally posted by Kerry Liles View Post
        Can also order from CFC for $81.19.

        I'm just saying... I haven't looked to see what Larry's price is/will be

        Ummm...maybe you should have checked our price first Kerry....

        http://chesstalk.com/boutique/store/

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        • #5
          Re: Blindfold Chess - the book

          Originally posted by Larry Bevand View Post
          Ummm...maybe you should have checked our price first Kerry....

          http://chesstalk.com/boutique/store/
          Yes, obviously I should have checked both. Perhaps the difference represents a "donation" to the CFC? Still, that is a pretty whopping difference (on a pretty pricey book all the same).

          My hat is off to you Larry for making sure you remain competitive...

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            And to think the CMA could have been the official supplier to the CFC....

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              Let me guess, all the pages are blank? :p:p

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                Originally posted by Zeljko Kitich View Post
                Let me guess, all the pages are blank? :p:p
                LOL! Too funny!


                :)

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                  Well I spent the weekend immersed in Blindfold Chess - the book and I must say that it is even a better read than I had hoped for. The coauthors spent over 30yrs exhaustively researching detail and have created the most complete book of Blindfold Chess that exists and of equal importance a book that will be well received by a world wide readership. Before this publication knowledge of blindfold chess was only available via obscure publications, odd corners of websites and discussion groups but now there is easy access. Blindfold Chess (the book) is filled with testimonials from many famous grandmasters, many interesting anecdotes, and details supplied by hundreds of expert witnesses and also a strong belief that any tournament player who can see ahead in doing chess move calculations in a normal tournament game could and should attempt to play blindfold chess. It is actually good for your tournament chess! It was also interesting to note that current youth stars and great grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen have done blindfold simultaneous exhibitions, are extremely good at it, and are interested in doing more exhibitions.
                  Also from a Canadian perspective Jonathan Berry's webpage on Canadian blindfold chess receives a good plug and is mentioned more than once. Jonathan is nicely introduced and quoted and one of his games is published. Leo Williams receives a good introduction, is quoted, and has also one of his games published. I was happy to see my strategic location in the book! As one of 20 players in chess history to successfully attempt a 20 or more player blindfold simultaneous exhibition I am between Tony Miles (a foremost chess artist and strong grandmaster) and Garry Kasparov (the calculating genius) epauletted by the blindfold adventures of two Danish masters. I am also one of only six survivors of those 20 players and the youngest! Lots of entertaining reading and lots of interesting knowledge between the covers!

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                    Re: Blindfold Chess - the book

                    Originally posted by Hans Jung View Post
                    Well I spent the weekend immersed in Blindfold Chess - the book and I must say that it is even a better read than I had hoped for. The coauthors spent over 30yrs exhaustively researching detail and have created the most complete book of Blindfold Chess that exists and of equal importance a book that will be well received by a world wide readership. Before this publication knowledge of blindfold chess was only available via obscure publications, odd corners of websites and discussion groups but now there is easy access. Blindfold Chess (the book) is filled with testimonials from many famous grandmasters, many interesting anecdotes, and details supplied by hundreds of expert witnesses and also a strong belief that any tournament player who can see ahead in doing chess move calculations in a normal tournament game could and should attempt to play blindfold chess. It is actually good for your tournament chess! It was also interesting to note that current youth stars and great grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen have done blindfold simultaneous exhibitions, are extremely good at it, and are interested in doing more exhibitions.
                    Also from a Canadian perspective Jonathan Berry's webpage on Canadian blindfold chess receives a good plug and is mentioned more than once. Jonathan is nicely introduced and quoted and one of his games is published. Leo Williams receives a good introduction, is quoted, and has also one of his games published. I was happy to see my strategic location in the book! As one of 20 players in chess history to successfully attempt a 20 or more player blindfold simultaneous exhibition I am between Tony Miles (a foremost chess artist and strong grandmaster) and Garry Kasparov (the calculating genius) epauletted by the blindfold adventures of two Danish masters. I am also one of only six survivors of those 20 players and the youngest! Lots of entertaining reading and lots of interesting knowledge between the covers!
                    This book is ready to ship from Strategy Games tomorrow afternoon. Our price is $74.99 plus GST...the lowest price in Canada!!

                    http://www.strategygames.ca

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                      Re: Blindfold Chess - the book

                      Last week as a birthday present (something special) I taught a student of mine to play blindfold chess. He just turned 12, has a CFC rating of 1200, and a Chess and Math rating just under 1000. He really enjoyed the experience.
                      He was White. I told him to play an opening that he was very familiar with and liked, and I also played the defence he wanted (Black side of an exchange Ruy Lopez). 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bd6 6.Bg5?! f6 7.Be3 Ne7 8.00 00 Here i got him to do a position check. I asked first for the placing of all the pawns for White, then all of White's pieces, then Black pawns and Black pieces. (need to add we were playing with only a board in front of us - green and white squares with algebraic notation.) - standard CFC stuff. He got the position correct but forgot the bishop on d6. He then corrected himself when I gave him a questioning look after asking if he had named all Black's pieces. 9.Nc3 Bg4 10.h3 Be6 11.Qd2 c5 12.b3 b5
                      13.a3 Nc6 Here I asked him to do another position check. This time it was correct. 14.g4 Nd4 15.Nh2 g5 16.Kg2 Kg7 17.f3 h5 18.Rh1 Rh8 Another position check. He forgot the pawn on f3 but otherwise correct. 19.Rag1 hxg4 20.hxg4 c4 21.b4 c6 22.Ra1 a5 23.Ne2 Nxe2 Another position check. 24.Qxe2 axb4 25.axb4 Rxa1 26.Rxa1 Bxb4 Here he blundered with 27.d4 and after exd4 he resigned. He was surprised at how many moves he did (for a first time try) and he really enjoyed the experience. He will definitely play blindfold chess again.

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                        Ken Rogoff! What a life story! In the book Blindfold Chess his life story reads like the ultimate success story! Why has no one published a book on this guy? (from the chess angle) He is the youngest ever to do a 20+ board blindfold display in the world. (at age 15) He was also the fastest (less than 5 hours - incredibly impressive!!!!) Why didnt he attempt 33 boards (break North American record) or 35 boards (break Koltanowskis record) or 53 boards (break world record) sounds like he was fully capable - a simple guess is the number of opponents available - he was doing the exhibition at the Rochester N.Y. club and that was the max number of members available. The story gets better. Ken Rogoff was not only brilliant but unusually independent (and confident?) At age 14 he was already a master and New York Open champion. At age 16 he dropped out of high school and moved to Europe where he made a living playing in tournaments and exhibitions!! He studied at Yale and in the summers got the IM and GM titles!! Graduate school followed at M.I.T. and he became a top name in economics and held the post of chief economist at the International Monetary Fund!! He later was a professor at Princeton and professor at Harvard!! GM Rogoff was just across the lake from Toronto and played in several Canadian tournaments from the late 60's thru the early 70's. Top Canadian players seemed to do well against him (including Lawrence Day). I guess I just missed seeing him in action as my tournament career started in 1973. I do recall some of his games from early Chess Canadas and Chess Chats. Does anybody else have any further reminiscences?

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                        • #13
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                          I remember Ken Rogoff from the 1973 Canadian Open in Ottawa. He seemed like a nice guy. I did not play him. He has a lot less hair now.

                          He was rumoured to have memorized all the lines in MCO, 10th edition, with page numbers, line numbers, and note numbers (where appropriate). That was a 514 + xvi -page large-format book.

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                          • #14
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                            I had no idea Rogoff the economist (very well known) was Rogoff the chessplayer.

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                              I can barely see whats going on in a game with my eyes open! :) I can't imagine how badly I would play with a blindfold on... still it sounds like a good read.

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