Results From The Blindfold Survey

Hi!

In issue 5 of the newsletter, I asked you to participate in a blindfold survey to find out how players in different rating ranges visualize the board. I have now looked at the answers and I’m excited to share the result. But first a little disclaimer: this is not a scientific paper, so do not draw big conclusions based on the results. However, I hope it might inspire others to look deeper into the subject!

The Data
The survey got 165 replies and was beside the newsletter shared on Twitter and on Reddit. There was an error in the last puzzle, which I only got fixed after 8 or so hours, so some quotes did not make it into this newsletter due to my error. The age of the participants looks like this.

The distribution of the participants with the biggest group between 21-30 years.

The distribution of the participants with the biggest group between 21-30 years.
Participants by age

And here is the distribution by rating with an even distribution at the higher rating groups. Blindfold chess might scare some beginners off. The rating is based on Lichess blitz-rating (chess.com users were asked to add +200 rating points to that rating).

Participants by rating
Participants by rating

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