Apr. 10th, 2017

alexpgp: (Chess)
The cover story of the March 2017 issue of Chess Life was about how Grandmaster Timur Gareyev had played 48 chess games at time same time, without sight of any of the boards. Gareyev scored 38-1/2 out of the 48 games, which were played over a 19-hour period, during which he pedaled about 50 miles on a stationary bicycle.

By coincidence, I ran across an old score book of mine from my university days, wherein I found the score to the one and only serious blindfold game that I played, against another inhabitant of the International College (a dorm populated mostly by grad students from abroad), who also played without sight of the board.
White: Gian Mehta
Black: AlexPGP
Date: 13 Nov 1972
Opening: Petrov's Defense, Classical Attack

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 f5 7. Qe2 Be7 8. Ne5 O-O 9. Nc3 Qd6?

Here, 10. Nxd5 would've worked because the Queen cannot capture the Knight (10...Qxd5?? 11. Bc4!).

10. Nxe4 fxe4 11. Bxe4 dxe4 12. c3 Nc6 13. Nc4 Qe6 14. Be3 Bd7 15. O-O-O Rf7 16. Ne5 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Qxa2 18. Rxd7 Qa1+ 19. Kc2 Qxh1?

Greedy. I well and truly missed the fork check on a4, and the move should have cost me a piece with 20. e6, in response to which the rook must move, leaving the bishop hanging.

20. Qc4 Rd8?

I recall making this move in the hope that my opponent would take the bait and play 21. Rxe7. Later, it became clear that 21. Rxd8 pretty much evens up the game. Drat!

21. Rxe7?? Qd1#
If memory serves, we gathered quite a crowd in the basement lounge that night.

And I was very tired after the game.



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