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The older children have been playing blindfold chess.  It's exactly like regular chess, except they have to face away from the board, call out their moves by notation only, and keep track of the entire game in their head.  I make their moves on the board, notate, and occasionally have to tell them that this or that move is not possible.  It is a LOT harder than it looks.  Elf says the middle game is hardest because that's when there are the most pieces on the board to keep track of.  During the beginning of the game, the pieces are all near their starting positions.  Endgame has very few pieces, usually.  Emperor kicked butt in this game, but many of his pieces are idle under this system, which almost never happens in a regular game.  It's good mental exercise, have you ever done this?


  1. Interesting that the wiki article states some people think it bad for your health. The children found it VERY MENTALLY TIRING.

  2. Bad for your health? Sounds like it would be an excellent mental exercise. I don't think I could do it for even a minute, though. That's what happens whes you are an old lady.

  3. That's amazing! I can't even remember where I put my car keys! :)

  4. Deb, I can't do it for a minute, either, which is why I "moderate" these events...

    Dad, check your pants pocket and the kitchen counter. You are welcome! :)

  5. I have never heard of it!
    I find it hard enough while looking at the pieces!


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