Playing Chess in your mind (Mental Chess) pt.1

Mental Chess

Just recently I was asked about playing chess without a chess board; its a really interesting way to play chess. The point is this: if two players can both visualize a chess board and remember each of their moves (which they dictate in chess notation) they can play a full chess game in their heads without ever using a chess board!

I know that for people who dont play chess this sounds insane, and to those that already play chess it may sound like an unattainable challenge. All you readers will be glad to know that there is a way developed of how to learn to start playing chess in your mind.

The goal here is not to take on the whole game right when your starting, but to break it down. One way to do this is to play one of the alternative chess games (chess variants) like pawn wars to practice and train your memory. Once you do this, you can add in more pieces and really exercise your brain. Tomorrow I will write about other methods to train your brain for Mental Chess.

    En Passant

    There are a few exception in the rules of chess; things like pawn promotion,…
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    Pawns in Starting Position in Chess

    How the Pawns Moves

    The Pawns are always the smallest of the pieces, and you should have eight…
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    The Mahabharata and the Origins of Chess

    Did you ever stop to wonder where the game of Chess came from and…
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    Chess Blind-spots

    A blind-spot refers to an area of your vision that is impaired while driving…
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    The Bishop and how it moves

    The Bishop is a great chess piece. It has a unique way of moving…
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    The Rook and how it moves

    The Rook is an important piece to use in chess and  not very hard…
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