How is blindfold chess game played (atleast in amber tournament)?
I thought they use chess notation. The following is excerpted from www.amberchess.com and this was the reason for confusion.
“Magnus Carlsen started his blindfold game against Loek van Wely with an unusual request. To understand what he was asking we should explain that in the blindfold games the players have a choice. If you are playing with the black pieces you can ‘turn around the board’ and play with the black pieces at the bottom of the screen. Some players don’t care about this possibility, others find it more convenient to have the pieces just like they would have them ‘in real life’. Magnus was the first player ever to ask to play with the white pieces at the top of the screen although he was White! In the game Carlsen may soon have gotten the idea that turning the board around and continuing with black would not be such a bad plan”
Blindfold chess, as the suggests, used to be played with the participant(s) wearing a blind fold. Either both the participants or one of the participants used to wear a blindfold, and an independent person would move the pieces for them. Times have advances since that period, and blindfold chess is now played on a computer. If you look at the pictures on www.amberchess.com, you will see that each participant is using a laptop computer, and is sitting opposite, or near to opposite another player who is also using a laptop. They are likely to be using half of the pieces – ie they can see either their own pieces, or the opposition pieces, but not both – they have to remember where they or the opposition have placed their own pieces – just as their opponent has the same problem using his laptop – the opponet can only see half of the pieces. The excert from www.amberchess.com that you refer to is related simply to the position of the pieces on the board. When you play chess on a computer, either against a computer or a live opponent – your pieces are usually located at the bottom of the board. Notation is still likely to be used via the computer screen – one would have to guess though, that the notation was removed per next turn. The only apparent difference the article refers to is that if playing with the black pieces, the black pieces will tend to be at the top of the board, and therefore the player may choose to locate them at the bottom, which is similar to the usual (non-blindfold) position. Carlsen made an unusual request only to have his white pieces placed at the top of the screen.
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