Blindfold Endgame Visualization (my book)

Introduction to ‘Blindfold Endgame Visualization’

A Blindfold Puzzle Book for Training Visualization

I never thought I’d be able to solve a problem blindfolded, but after a little work, the board gradually becomes clear in my mind. Thanks to you I am astonished by myself!

Julio, reader of ‘Blindfold Endgame Visualization’

Blindfold Chess Training Exercises with a focus on endgame positions. The ability to play chess blindfolded has always amazed the public and club players alike. You might have seen Beth Harmon play blindfold chess on the ceiling in the Netflix hit ‘The Queen’s Gambit’. Even though Beth seems to have acquired the skill out of the blue it takes practice to master it in reality. This book will give you 50 well-selected endgame studies, positions, and mate problems, that you can practice on. They are presented in the following manner, with first the composer/game, then the result, and the position of the pieces.

The book will test your visualization skills and train your abilities to calculate and concentrate blindfolded.

Playing blindfold, like it or not, you have to make your body work at full power, otherwise you risk losing your orientation at the board.

Vladimir Kramnik

The book contains 50 blindfold endgame positions. This might not sound like a lot, but most people buy chess books and never finish them resulting in a feeling of failure. Even adults with jobs and kids, like myself, can finish this book and get a sense of achievement. This will hopefully motivate you to keep going, and I plan to publish a second volume in 2021 with more positions.  

Picture of Blindfold Endgame Visualization - 50 Chess Positions by Martin B. Justesen
A picture of the paperback. Also available on Kindle

How to solve Blindfold Chess Puzzles?

The problems are presented in the following way:

Composer/game, year

White draws/wins/mates in x

W(hite): Ka3, g2
B(lack): Kb5

K = King
Q = Queen
R = Rook
B = Bishop
N = Knight

Pawns will just be listed with the square notation e.g. g2 = a pawn on g2, while Kg2 = a King on g2. 

Use Time to Practice your Concentration

  1. Set aside a minimum amount of time that you want to spend on each position. I will suggest 15 minutes. 
  2. If you haven’t solved it by then, take a look at the diagram of the position on the following page, before you try to solve it blindfolded again. 
  3. If you feel stuck try to write down your variations on paper. 
  4. Finally, if all else fails try to solve it by looking at the diagram. 

You can now try the following exercise:

G. Walker, 1841
White draws

W: Kf4, g4, h4
B: Kc8, f6, g6, h6

If this excercise is to hard, I have written a post about alternative ways to practice here.

The book is not a beginner’s book, but for intermediate or advanced chess players. If you are interested in improving and practice your blindfold chess you will be able to buy the Kindle version on Amazon, while the paperback will be available soon.

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