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Jonathan D Sarfati vs NN
Simultaneous Blindfold (2006) (blindfold), Croydon Chess Club, rd 1, Feb-11
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Normal Variation (D21)  ·  1-0



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Nov-21-07  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Do you have any - slightest - idea, what's the rating (or age) of black?

I'd say 800-900 and 3-4.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: I wasn't looking ;)
Jan-06-08  Gilmoy: Smell! Did you smell perfume? Cologne? Baby powder?

Sound! Did you, perhaps, hear the suckling on a pacifier? The ticking of a pacemaker?

I presume you're not walking around the inner perimeter of a ring of tables while literally blindfolded :) <"Touch move! He must now move the live alfil!"> Do you sit with your back to several rows of numbered tables, and take game moves by table number? e.g. [both seated and literally blindfolded]:

Topalov, photos 5-6

Christiansen:, last photo

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Gilmoy, nope, no smell that I recall ;)

Yeah, the setup was rather like those you linked to. See a pic For my 12-game personal best, see

Some of the opposition was of a similar strength to Christiansen's judging by their ratings, since it was at a chess club, IIRC up to 1800.

My best was 11/11 against players at the Kapiti Chess Club in NZ, again about the same range as Christiansen's opponents.

FWIW I drew a very tough fight in a tournament game with him 20 years ago Christiansen vs J Sarfati, 1988

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  Jonathan Sarfati: I certainly know the feeling of confusing boards. In a 10-board simul in a USA conference last year, I transposed moves from Board 4 to Board 8 and lost my queen. That is an occupational hazard; that's why I play different openings on each board, in my case cycling e4, d4, c3, ♘f3. Both 4 and 8 were 1. ♘f3 and I mixed them up. It takes a little while before the positions are clearly distinct in my mind; I didn't forget pieces till about 1:30 am (started at 11 pm for some reason), Some players think they should try to confuse me with unusual setups, but this actually helps me because the position is distinctive as well as advantageous. BTW, I scored 10/10.

♙s seem easiest to slip from "view".

In simuls, sometimes you can get ahead of yourself in forced sequence because you've visualized it moves ahead. E.g. you plan ♘x♗f6 ♕xf6, ♗g5; but on returning to that board, you call out ♗g5, forgetting that you haven't actually made the exchange first. Or the reverse can happen when you try to play the starting moves of the sequence again.

Jan-07-08  Gilmoy: Thanks for the insights!
Mar-11-08  Open Defence: <Jonathan Sarfati> WOW! blindfold and a SIMUL! WOW!
Feb-14-09  stephen.frost: That photo link Jonathan posted above has moved to:

I was the caller on the day. Blew my mind! I'm about 1500-rated, and Jono clearly had a better handle on the positions blindfolded than I did sighted (even to the extent of correcting my call on a couple of occasions, e.g. when I asked him "Which knight moves to d2?" and his response "Only one of them can move, the other is pinned"!).

Nov-14-11  AnalyzeThis: Well, at least black didn't try to fianchetto his rook.

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