Kasparov Teaches Chess (Batsford Chess Book) by Garry Kasparov

By Garry Kasparov

Accumulated articles from the journal "Sport within the USSR." 24 classes from the Grand grasp in easy language.

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With blindfold displays lasting many hours, the practice of adjourning the games—either for an hour or so, to allow the performer to eat a meal, or (as with the event just reported) for a day or more—seems to have been introduced by Paulsen at New York and extended at Chicago. Paulsen was generally a slow player. However, to spread a series of games over five consecutive evenings was itself an unattractive record that has probably not been broken. One of the difficulties a researcher experiences is identifying occasions when games were adjourned for any appreciable time, since it is likely that this factor was often not mentioned in some of the reports of significant blindfold events.

He is very abstemious, using no other stimulant than strong coffee and soda water, of which he partakes freely during play. He is further described as performing his marvellous feats with the greatest of ease and without experiencing headache or uneasiness of any kind. He has frequently assured his friends that he can play better without the board than with it [Illustrated London News, September 4, 1858; italics in original]. ”* Even though a chess champion himself, as well as a scholar and writer, Staunton was either rather gullible in accepting this description or simply wanted to attract his readers’ attention.

The History of Blindfold Chess Paulsen giving a blindfold display (date unknown) (courtesy Edward Winter). an article published years later by the New Orleans Times Democrat (November 11, 1903), following a blindfold display by the American player Pillsbury. ” He also explained that on the first three days Paulsen’s display had started at 8 o’clock in the evening and had continued until midnight; and that when play was declared finished on the fifth day, it had occupied a total of 22 hours. ) At that point the score was +7, -0, =3 (85 percent) in Paulsen’s favor.

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