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Cogn Sci. 2010 Jan;34(1):1-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2009.01086.x. Epub 2009 Dec 11.

Does playing blindfold chess reduce the quality of game: comments on chabris and hearst (2003).

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  • 1Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Belgrade.

Abstract

Blindfold chess is a special type of chess game where both the board and pieces are not visible to its players. This paper aims to determine whether the quality of the game played blindfolded is lower than when played under normal conditions. The best chess program was used to analyze games played by the world's top Grandmasters under both conditions. We have analyzed the Monaco 1993-1998 data set introduced by Chabris and Hearst (2003). The results showed that although a larger number of mistakes occurred while playing blindfolded, no significant statistical difference between the rapid and blindfold games has been found. Nevertheless, by applying the same methodology to the Monaco 2002-2007 data set a substantial difference between the blindfold and the rapid chess game was noticed. In this paper, we have addressed the possible improvement of the chess game quality and the advances in chess programs that may be responsible for detecting more blunders.

Copyright © 2009 Cognitive Science Society, Inc.

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