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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Review: Blindfold Chess


The full title of this textbook-like volume is Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records, and Important Games. With its nondescript, solid, hard-cover binding; black and white photos; logical chapter progressions; print style and extensive index; this is not your typical chess book. It screams “Academic Tome.”

The authors have taken their work very seriously and Blindfold Chess represents the culmination of a combined seventy years of research. The depth of their investigation shows in the acknowledgment section, which includes the following prominent names, among many others: Maurice Ashley, Pal Benko, Frederic Friedel, Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, George Koltanowski, Danny Kopec, Glenn Petersen, Hanon Russell, Lothar Schmid, Andrew Soltis and Edward Winter.

For the rest of the review, see the ChessCafe book review page for the next seven days, or you can find the complete review in the ChessCafe archives.

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