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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

16-Year-Old Magnus Carlsen Wins Blindfold Tournament

GM Magnus Carlsen (left) and GM Peter Nielsen


GM Emanuel Berg (left) and IM Steffen Pedersen


ChessBase reports that super-GM Magnus Carlsen won the Faaborg-Midtfyn Cup (that's easy for you to say!) on the Danish island of Funen. Four players participated in a blindfold double round robin tournament with the time control of 25 minutes plus 20 seconds per move.

In this case, however, the players weren't actually blindfolded or even turned away from a board. They entered their moves on a computer whose screen displayed only an empty chess board. The opponent's moves appeared on the computer in algebraic notation.

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