The thread of which you are the hero – Les Cahiers du football |

Thanks Ozil! And thank you and congratulations to Milan and Utaka who agreed to be my guinea pigs. I had been thinking for a while that I would like to try this experiment. It was a lot of fun and even exciting for me, with the cool side of streaming and having a few viewers commenting and debriefing with afterwards.

I must have kept a teenager’s soul, because since Label Deschamps suggested to me that a simultaneous blind session could be inadvisable for health, my desire to start it has not weakened, on the contrary.

I actually don’t quite understand how the pendulum works in these simultaneous lichess. As can be seen offline on twitch, I play a move with for example 40 seconds left on the clock against Utaka and when I come back to this game, I only have 10 seconds left (or something like that). I guess while I’m on a first board, if my opponent on the second board plays fast, my time starts running out there. It is therefore necessary to be vigilant and not to spend too much time on one shot. But that’s what happened to me when Milan played the incredible 31…Na8 (probably inspired by Balthazar). I start to calculate a few variants quietly to try to gain as much material as possible, while time flies elsewhere. It was therefore through a kind of teamwork that the two made me fall on time on the chessboard of Utaka. I had half an hour at the start of the simultaneous, which was more than enough, I didn’t manage this aspect very effectively, but it doesn’t matter.

I understand the impression of Milan playing his part. When I manage to find the refutation of 12…Qb6 (or when against Utaka I play the tactic 12.Bc5), I imagine that my opponent can say to himself « ah but he sees everything », when in fact it is very, very far from being the case.

Playing blind, for a chess genius, Carlsen, MVL or others, I don’t think is much different from normal play, since they have the exact position in mind at all times.

For me, on the other hand, it’s like having a chessboard plunged into darkness and trying to form an idea of ​​the position, equipped with a faulty flashlight, which illuminates only a handful of squares at a time (and not necessarily adjacent squares). So if I make an effort, I can usually manage to find all the pieces, but I never manage to get the complete picture. My way of proceeding is therefore to be careful not to leave anything in the way and to find simple tactics. Strategically, on the other hand, it is the minimum service.

The simultaneous, I may not do it again (although, I could try 3 games at the same time next time…). But I intend to get back to practicing the blind game. I think it can help in part for visualization, when you have to calculate long variants with pieces that change places several times and therefore do not control the same squares each time…

There was an article on chess24 with very good exercises to practice this way of playing: link

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