How to Develop Blindfold Chess Skill

Elliott Neff shows you how to develop a skill of playing “blindfold chess”. First he demonstrates the fundamentals and then gives you the steps to forming the mental capability of visualization.

Elliott has played 12 games simultaneously, blindfold – not losing a single game!


  1. Why a company that sells chess equipment would want customers to learn how to play without boards and pieces is beyond me ๐Ÿคฃ

  2. if square is odd odd or even even then it is black (a1,a3,b2,b4) and if it is odd even it is is easier way

  3. Some get in months some take years just play chess regularly that's it if you just train like this you'll loose interest, one day you'll feel the board in your head

  4. Hi Elliott…, Excellent video and very informative; and thank you for sharing the video… I learned a lot, and I…, "Thank you !" Mike in Montana ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I'm challenging myself to learn how to play blind chess to help with my insomnia. This is very useful info, thanks.
    Just to recap:
    1.) Take the time to learn the colour of every square, by considering the colour of the squares you know already (h1 is a white square, therefore h2 and g1 are black squares etc.)
    2.) Visualising a piece on a board, consider the squares it controls (e.g. A bishop in h1 controls the h1-a8 diagonal; h1, g2, f3, e4, d5, c6, b7, a1)
    3.) Visualise a knight on h1, then find the squares the knight would move through to get to h2, then h3 and so on around the rim of the board.
    4.) Same as step three, but now moving to any square
    5.) With the help of a board and/or partner, set up the board, and visualise four moves ahead. Then check if everything is fine. Next four moves, imagining and then setting them up>
    6.) Now try visualising 10 or so moves of a game, then setting up the position
    7.) Now without any board, try to visualise 15, 20, 30 moves and eventually a full game.

  6. 1st question :- can anyone learn to play blindfold chess?
    Why not when you get 8 min watch time…

  7. 0:33 says black and not green, plot twist he is actually blind.

  8. I learning blindfold trust me it's hard but I starting to visualise few areas of the board…hope one day I ll fully learn this..

  9. I can play blindfold chess with my eyes open

  10. You should see anish giri and vidit gujrahti

  11. Nice finally something i got motivation to actually learn and become good at. Great video.

  12. This is for those of you who take this seriously and practice. I discovered this wonderful video more than two years ago and started practicing almost each morning on my way to work. That was not easy for me, to say it mildly! But I was and am convinced that this kind of training is the best I can do for my chess (and besides, that chess is very a good aid when it comes to other abilities in my life – this chess 4 life thing matches my experience indeed).
    Finally I managed all the steps from the first 4'45" of the instruction – i.e. until playing with a friend "actually blindfolded". However to me that challenge seems to be way more difficult than moving a single knight across the board, because now I have to remember – and visualise – a position of many pawns and pieces all over the board.
    That stumbling block put me off for half a year now. Half a year of negligence.
    I have to figure out a way to train visualising gradually more complicated positions. I finally have one idea: Training to look at a chess position, shut my eyes and then try to tell each square of as many pawns and pieces as possible. Starting with a few pieces & pawns, then gradually increasing the amount. I am pretty sure that will bring me further.
    Cheers to Elliott Neff!

  13. One way I recommend to learn to play blindfolded it's to memorize matches from masters. It helps this ability by developing already made moves in your mind

  14. I find this method interesting.
    When I've been developing this skill on my own I always found it easier to remember coordinates as a set of two numbers instead of a letter and a number.
    The first number is the column and the second number is the row, just like with the letter-number system. b3 is just 2,3.
    With this memorisation method I can also use a simple trick to confirm in my head whether a square is dark or light (useful if I've lost my bearings): if the sum is even, it's dark. If the sum is odd it's light.
    e4 for example. e4 = 5,4. 5+4 = 9, which is odd, so e4 is light.

    EDIT: A user in the replies of this comment by the name of hydrarl3869 has made a good point. If both of your numbers are the same (So even and even, or odd and odd) you have yourself a black square. If only one is even or odd then you have yourself a light square.
    Just to save having to actually add the numbers together for those who struggle with math.

  15. if | letter – number | is even its black otherwise white

  16. Iโ€™m struggling to learn this as I canโ€™t even begin to visualize the board. Iโ€™ve struggled with visualization all my life and Iโ€™m not sure this is even possible without a minds-eye.

  17. 5:39 was it only me who saw that the castle was an illegal move since the dark square bishop is guarding it

  18. Some authors introduce too many proper nouns early in the book, you have to file them as names places or products, that gets me. But I think brute force filing of new information is the primer to more productive thought, and makes it look like you have more raw intellect.

  19. What was bishop from light square and then you put on black square?

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  21. It's easy
    If the given square is on a, c, e,g
    And the given number is odd
    Its black else it's white
    And for b, d, f, h
    It's the other way around.

    Might sound a little bit complicated at first but it's not when u get a bit familiar with them notations

  22. For recognizing the color of a square, I find it good to start from the small section of the board then to start with the whole board. I started from practicing a2-b1 sqaure, then a3-c1 and so on

  23. wasnt blindfold chess one of the reasons fischer went insane?

  24. Fans of Neville Goddard and the Kybalion would appreciate this

  25. Dude Iโ€™m giving up in be er gonna lean this

  26. I can make like 20 moves in my head but if more, I start to forget position

  27. This is very simplistic. A players ability to play even a one-board blindfold chess depends on how much patterns he has in his long term memory and how familiar he is with the chunk of structures. Even then, there are very high skills required to retain the changing position in memory. In fact, research has shown that it is a false argument that "we could see the whole board in our mind's eye". For in-depth study of how blindfold chess is played and its history and the research that has been doe, refer to the wonderful book "Expertise and Expert Performance". After reading that book, you will find out how simplistically this gentleman addresses this complex issue.

  28. I can like visualize all the pieces but it allways messes me up with the side change if il black or white so i accidentaly say the wrong move

  29. I wanted to learn this so me and my friend can play without a board because its annoying to have to take out a bloard or phone every time we play yes we tried once it kinda worked but i had to think for way to long

  30. Hat video will help me so much. Thank you big thankyou!

  31. learning the numbers is nonsense bro i was just sittij in front of a chessboard for 3 hours and now my brain is destroyed

  32. Imagine you are in the plane and there is some dude who also can do it you can just talk to each other in our cryptic code ๐Ÿ˜‚

  33. hardest part is finding someone else to practice with

  34. I have been able to recall all the squares of the open sicilian dragon.. but still it's kinda blurry in my mind

  35. being able to play chess without even moving the piece is such a flex

  36. Tried to imagine the chessboard, but my brain is lazy so it just created a rule that two even or two odd coordinates mean black and different type coordinates mean white (and each letter gets a number 1-8)
    Horse always changes coordinates for 1 and 2, bishop always changes coordinates for the same amount and rook always changes one coordinate only

  37. how to identify which square is white or black my method

    1 a,c,e,g โ†’ใ€€black this letter with an odd number is definitely black
    2 (b,d,f,h โ†’ใ€€white this letter with an odd number is definitely white ) note: you only need to remember 1 actually.

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