posted on Nov, 2 2013 @ 12:12 PM
Actually, that's not as impressive as it sounds. Any master worth his rating should be able to play five to ten boards blindfolded against duffers.
Back in the 80s, I did that a couple of times against guys on the ship. These days, I could probably only handle two or three.
At the master and grandmaster level, the board is in your mind. The one on the table just shows the game at one point, the one in your mind shows the
game a dozen or so moves later, and it's just as vivid as the one you see with your eyes.
I remember one morning back in the day. I got up, went to the bathroom, and thought, "OK, I need to shave, brush my teeth, and I've got to do
something about passed pawn on the sixth rank ..." Then I just looked at myself in the mirror and said, "What?"
I was kind of hooked on chess at the time.