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Adamski
09-07-2008, 01:37 PM
FM Dr Jonathan Sarfati will be giving an exhibition of simultaneous blindfold chess at the Manly Warringah Leagues Club Chess Club, Brookvale, first floor, on Monday 25 August from 7.30 PM. He will be taking on 8 players rated lower than 1800. There will be plenty of room for spectators! Further details can be obtained from me. I hope to see many Sydneysiders there.

For information regarding previous blindfold simuls by Jono refer to my web site in my sig.

Zwischenzug
09-07-2008, 02:06 PM
Damn it! Great events always seem to pop up when I'm unable to attend!

Vlad
09-07-2008, 02:22 PM
Damn it, I am not allowed to play.:)

May the C grade Manly Warringah Leagues Club Chess Club Champion play in the simul?

Adamski
09-07-2008, 02:30 PM
Damn it, I am not allowed to play.:)

May the C grade Manly Warringah Leagues Club Chess Club Champion play in the simul?Absolutely! I fully expect Anton to play (if he's not in Russia).

Adamski
09-07-2008, 02:41 PM
Anton is the first confirmed player. Vlad, I owe you something. Did you ever see this post?

http://chesschat.org/showthread.php?t=7516&page=2&highlight=Dejan+Antic

Point 3 of Post 29....

ER
09-07-2008, 05:22 PM
Wish I were there to see Dr Jonathan D. Sarfati playing blindfold! And let that clown from Adelaide call me a bootlicker again! :P
Cheers and good luck!

MichaelBaron
09-07-2008, 05:44 PM
FM Dr Jonathan Sarfati will be giving an exhibition of simultaneous blindfold chess at the Manly Warringah Leagues Club Chess Club, Brookvale, first floor, on Monday 25 August from 7.30 PM. He will be taking on 8 players rated lower than 1800. There will be plenty of room for spectators! Further details can be obtained from me. I hope to see many Sydneysiders there.

For information regarding previous blindfold simuls by Jono refer to my web site in my sig.

This is simply facinating :clap:

Capablanca-Fan
09-07-2008, 05:50 PM
Absolutely! I fully expect Anton to play (if he's not in Russia).
That's if he's not above 1800 by then ;)

Adamski
24-08-2008, 09:52 PM
A reminder to NSW chess chatters that this blindfold simul by Jono is on tomorrow night at the Manly Leagues Club, Peninsula Room, first floor. If you have neer seen a blindfold simul before, come to see it. Starts promptly at 7.45 pm. Entry free. The spots for the players are now all taken.

Vlad
24-08-2008, 10:35 PM
Anton did not feel too well in the last couple days, he had a temperature. I am not sure if we will be able to make it tomorrow. Could you please pm me your contact phone number so that I would be able to inform you if it is certain that we will not be able to come. Thanks.

Adamski
25-08-2008, 11:49 PM
Jono scored 6 out of 8 tonight. He lost to Manly members Steffen Bayani and Steve Vegh and beat 6 other members in an impressive display. It was good to see a number of visitors to the club tonight. Thanks, Peter Parr, for the publicity in this morning's SMH.

Rincewind
26-08-2008, 09:09 AM
Jono scored 6 out of 8 tonight. He lost to Manly members Steffen Bayani and Steve Vegh and beat 6 other members in an impressive display. It was good to see a number of visitors to the club tonight. Thanks, Peter Parr, for the publicity in this morning's SMH.

:clap:

Spiny Norman
26-08-2008, 09:40 AM
Awesome effort, well done Jono!

Capablanca-Fan
26-08-2008, 09:54 AM
Thanx guys. I seemed a bit forgetful in places though. One game was lost because I somehow got the idea that a Sicilian was a Najdorf instead of 2... Nc6, and I played Qf3 and left the Nd4 hanging. The other loss was forgetting that I had played Kh1, so played Bf2 where it was no longer protected by the K.

One of the stronger players thought he could confuse me by playing a highly irregular opening, but this only compromised his game while making it easier to remember simply because it was more distinctive.

One game went something like:

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. e3 Bc5 {exposes the bishop to "biffing", as C.J.S. Purdy put it, by a future d4} 6. Nge2 d6 7. d4 exd4 8. exd4 Bb4 9. 0-0 0-0 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. Bxd5+ Kh8 12. a3 {winning a piece} Ba5 13. b4 Bxb4 14. axb4 Nxb4 15. Bg2 Nc6 16. Bb2 {since this B has no opposite number, and Black's diagonal is compromised because of ...f5, this is the place for it} 16... a5 17. Qd2 Qe7 18. Rfe1 Qf7 19. Qc3 d5 20. Bxd5 Qg6 21. Nf4 Qf6 22. Ne6 Bxe6 23. Rxe6 Qg5 24. f4 Qg4 25. Bf3 Qh3 26. d5 {winning another piece} (1-0)

Desmond
26-08-2008, 11:35 AM
Well done Jono. :clap:

Is it permissable to have the position read out to you?

Garrett
26-08-2008, 11:37 AM
Yes amazing.

Good work Jono.

Capablanca-Fan
26-08-2008, 07:27 PM
Well done Jono. :clap:

Is it permissable to have the position read out to you?
Thanx Boris. Not sure whether this is allowed actually. It's not something that happens with me.

Capablanca-Fan
26-08-2008, 09:51 PM
Another game went something like:

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 6.Bh6 c5 7.d5 Qb6 8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.h5 Nxh5 12.Be2 Bg4 13.f3 [13.Bxg4 Nc4 looks strong but White can save himself with 14.Na4] 13...Bd7 14.g4 Rh8 Desperation. There was no need to panic yet; Black can still fight with [14...Nf6 15.Qh6+ Kh8 16.Nh3 Rg8 17.Ng5] 15.gxh5 a5 16.hxg6 hxg6 17.Rxh8 Rxh8 18.f4 Ng4 19.Nf3 Qb4 20.Rg1 Nf2 21.a3 Qb6 22.f5 c4 23.fxg6 fxg6 24.Qg5 Bg4 25.Qxe7+ Kh6 26.Rg2 Qe3+ 27.Kb1 Bxf3 28.Bxf3 Qxf3 29.Qg5+ Kg7 30.Qxg6+ Kf8 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.Qxh8+ Ke7 33.Qh4+ Kf7 34.Rxf2 1-0

Adamski
27-08-2008, 12:18 AM
Thanx guys. I seemed a bit forgetful in places though. One game was lost because I somehow got the idea that a Sicilian was a Najdorf instead of 2... Nc6, and I played Qf3 and left the Nd4 hanging. The other loss was forgetting that I had played Kh1, so played Bf2 where it was no longer protected by the K.

One of the stronger players thought he could confuse me by playing a highly irregular opening, but this only compromised his game while making it easier to remember simply because it was more distinctive.

One game went something like:

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. e3 Bc5 {exposes the bishop to "biffing", as C.J.S. Purdy put it, by a future d4} 6. Nge2 d6 7. d4 exd4 8. exd4 Bb4 9. 0-0 0-0 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. Bxd5+ Kh8 12. a3 {winning a piece} Ba5 13. b4 Bxb4 14. axb4 Nxb4 15. Bg2 Nc6 16. Bb2 {since this B has no opposite number, and Black's diagonal is compromised because of ...f5, this is the place for it} 16... a5 17. Qd2 Qe7 18. Rfe1 Qf7 19. Qc3 d5 20. Bxd5 Qg6 21. Nf4 Qf6 22. Ne6 Bxe6 23. Rxe6 Qg5 24. f4 Qg4 25. Bf3 Qh3 26. d5 {winning another piece} (1-0)Black in that game was Anton Smirnov.

Adamski
27-08-2008, 12:20 AM
Another game went something like:

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 6.Bh6 c5 7.d5 Qb6 8.Bxg7 Kxg7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.h5 Nxh5 12.Be2 Bg4 13.f3 [13.Bxg4 Nc4 looks strong but White can save himself with 14.Na4] 13...Bd7 14.g4 Rh8 Desperation. There was no need to panic yet; Black can still fight with [14...Nf6 15.Qh6+ Kh8 16.Nh3 Rg8 17.Ng5] 15.gxh5 a5 16.hxg6 hxg6 17.Rxh8 Rxh8 18.f4 Ng4 19.Nf3 Qb4 20.Rg1 Nf2 21.a3 Qb6 22.f5 c4 23.fxg6 fxg6 24.Qg5 Bg4 25.Qxe7+ Kh6 26.Rg2 Qe3+ 27.Kb1 Bxf3 28.Bxf3 Qxf3 29.Qg5+ Kg7 30.Qxg6+ Kf8 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.Qxh8+ Ke7 33.Qh4+ Kf7 34.Rxf2 1-0 Black here was Genn Foong, son of Manly Games captain Tze Weng Foong.

Adamski
27-08-2008, 12:25 AM
A full list of Jono's opponents with latest ratings follows:

1. Genn Foong (UNR)
2. Tristram Wright (UNR)
3. Jack Mejzini (1616, the stronger player who tried to confuse Jono - he was well beaten with agema ethat featured Jono playing e6 followed ny e7 forking Queen and Rook)
4. Steve Vegh (1479, won)
5. Steffen Bayani (1738!, won, that Sicilian brevity)
6. James Burt (1583!, interesting Benko - Jono managed the complications very well "seeing" much)
7. Anton Smirnov (1371!!, drug's promising son - game above)
8. Jozsef Gonda (1321!)

Jono's current rating is 2259!,

Adamski
27-08-2008, 07:23 AM
Jono scored 6 out of 8 tonight. He lost to Manly members Steffen Bayani and Steve Vegh and beat 6 other members in an impressive display. It was good to see a number of visitors to the club tonight. Thanks, Peter Parr, for the publicity in this morning's SMH.Peter's columns can be seen on the web at http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2008.htm.

Adamski
27-08-2008, 08:07 AM
Thanks also to Martin Van Elmpt, NSWCA Webmaster and Manly member, who also promoted the event. See www.nswca.org.au/index. shtml (http://www.nswca.org.au/index.shtml) and under "News"

Capablanca-Fan
10-01-2009, 12:57 AM
I played a blindfold simul on 8 boards at the CMI Supercamp this week. Here is one game:

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0-0 0-0 7.d3 d6 8.Rb1 b6? 9.Nxe5! dxe5 10.Bxc6 Bh3 11.Bxa8 Qxa8 12.f3 Bxf1 13.Qxf1 c6 14.b4 a5 15.bxa5 Qxa5 16.Bd2 Rb8 17.Qc1 Bf8? 18.Ne4 Bc5+ 19.Kg2 Qa8 20.Nxf6+ Kg7 21.Nd7 Ba3 22.Bh6+ Kh8 23.Qg5 Bf8 24.Qf6+ Kg8 25.Nxf8 1-0

ER
10-01-2009, 01:30 AM
Hi Jono
how you, and other blindfold playing chess masters, can do that, is beyond me!
Congrats and CAGLES!

Basil
10-01-2009, 01:42 AM
Hot dog. Nice one Jono.

george
10-01-2009, 07:35 AM
Hi All,

At SACA we have a picture of G Koshnitsky playing 27 boards simultaneously blindfolded - he ended up losing on two with two draws I believe it was.

A few years ago Ian gave a blindfold simul in Adelaides Rundle mall on a packed sat morn shopping day - he played four very strong players 2100 - 2300 and from memory beat them all.

regards

Spiny Norman
10-01-2009, 07:52 AM
Jono, do you happen to remember the Board #1 game, with the pins at the end?

Capablanca-Fan
10-01-2009, 01:35 PM
Jono, do you happen to remember the Board #1 game, with the pins at the end?
Not all of it. In the opening, he played a typical error of ...c5 to attack my Qd4, but that left his Pd6 very weak and it was lost later. A long time later, that c-P was lost, so his R could get to the c-file and he could play Qxc2+ supported by that R. After Ka1, it would have been ...Qc1+, Rxc1 Rxc1#, but I'd taken care of that by my previous Rd8 pinning that R to his Kb8.

Adamski
10-01-2009, 02:30 PM
BTW, Jono got 8/8 in this latest blindfold simul.

Mods, it would now be appropriate to generalise the thread name - e.g. "Blindfold Simul Exhibitions by Jono". [done-mod]

Capablanca-Fan
10-01-2009, 10:53 PM
BTW, Jono got 8/8 in this latest blindfold simul.

Mods, it would now be appropriate to generalise the thread name - e.g. "Blindfold Simul Exhibitions by Jono". [done-mod]
Might be worth combining some threads then.

Capablanca-Fan
30-01-2009, 12:55 PM
Sitting on the right: Jono (duh)
Standing in foreground: The Snail King, relaying the moves

Score: 8/8.

Adamski
30-01-2009, 02:28 PM
Thanks for posting the pic, Jono!

Capablanca-Fan
30-01-2009, 02:45 PM
Another angle.

Spiny Norman
30-01-2009, 04:33 PM
That's my best angle!

Desmond
30-01-2009, 04:35 PM
For a brief moment, it looked to me that Jono had his hands bound behind him in the second shot. :lol:

MichaelBaron
30-01-2009, 04:47 PM
Playing 8 blindfold games simultaniously is an amazing achievement on its own. Winning all of them is simply facinating :clap:

Kaitlin
31-01-2009, 12:53 PM
How do these work.. does Jono got to remember all 8 games in hes head??

Capablanca-Fan
31-01-2009, 01:25 PM
How do these work.. does Jono got to remember all 8 games in hes head??
I try anyway. The caller (e.g. Adamski or The Snail King) tells me what people play (giving both board number and the move in algebraic), I reply orally, they make the move on the board, then move onto the next one.

antichrist
31-01-2009, 04:15 PM
I try anyway. The caller (e.g. Adamski or The Snail King) tells me what people play (giving both board number and the move in algebraic), I reply orally, they make the move on the board, then move onto the next one.

I remember Ian Rogers playing about 40 juniors at a simul non blindfold. After Ian had moved on the junior mixed up his board. On Ian's next visit he was able to set up the board correctly even though he did not know that he had to remember the board

Kaitlin
31-01-2009, 04:27 PM
I remember someone saying that someone .. (I think they said it was Igor) ... playing chess whilst driving a car :owned: - beat that

Aaron Guthrie
31-01-2009, 04:35 PM
I remember someone saying .. I think it was Igor ... playing chess whilst driving a car :owned: - beat thatRalph Jackson is an expert at playing chess while driving a bus.

antichrist
31-01-2009, 09:08 PM
some of my students would play during class without a board - whispering the moves

Igor_Goldenberg
02-02-2009, 09:11 AM
There is a big difference between playing one game blindfold (which is relatively easy even if you do something else) and two (which is very difficult even if you concentrate on the games).
Playing eight would be nigh impossible - at least for me.

Kaitlin
02-02-2009, 04:33 PM
There is a big difference between playing one game blindfold (which is relatively easy even if you do something else) and two..

:rolleyes: Easy for you to say .. I cant even talk and walk down stairs at the same time - I have to stop talking and walk down them and start again .. or pause when walking down them - and Im a good talker :P

Jono's just a freak .. eight games @ once = thats just showing off :rolleyes:

Igor_Goldenberg
02-02-2009, 05:40 PM
:rolleyes: Easy for you to say .. I cant even talk and walk down stairs at the same time -

But that's much more difficult then playing a game :lol:

Adamski
02-02-2009, 10:12 PM
Jono's just a freak .. eight games @ once = thats just showing off :rolleyes:8 is not his record. At least twice he has played 12 games, including the first time I was his caller, January 2004, the event pictured on my web site.

Capablanca-Fan
21-03-2010, 11:49 PM
Today I played 8 games at King's Christian College (http://creation.com/chess-challenge), in probably the toughest blindfold simul yet. I was giving a talk after that, so there was a time limit of 3 hours announced before the games started, after which I would finish off sighted. Alexandra Jule was the caller, and was very good (just as SK and Adamski have been). Craig Stewart was willing if there was no other; he kindly gave me a practice run at the Logan club on Friday night with two players.

Results: I drew with Sam Grigg (1927) and lost to Axel and Alex Stahnke (1800), won the rest. A few players from the school chess team, and some adults. At the three-hour mark, I was 3–1 up.

J. Sarfati (blindfold) – S. Grigg

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 d6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 a6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 Qc7 {this looks too slow; White's attack is much faster} 10.Bh6 0-0 11.h4 b5 12.h5 Ne5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.hxg6 fxg6 15.Qh6+ Kg8 16.Nd5 Qb7 17.g4 [17.Nb3! Ra7 18.Nxf6+ exf6 19.Rxd6 and Black's game crumbles] 17...e6 18.Nxf6+ Rxf6 19.g5 Rf4 20.Bh3 Qg7? 21.Qxg7+? [21.Bxe6+! Kh8 (21...Bxe6? 22.Qxg7+ Kxg7 23.Nxe6+) 22. Qxg7+ Kxg7 23.Bxc8 Rxc8 24. Ne6+ Alex Jule spotted the correct move order] 21...Kxg7 22.Bxe6 Nxf3! 23.Bxc8 Nxd4 24.Rxd4 Rxc8 25.Rxd6 Rc7 and I had to struggle for a draw; the game finished in the sighted session

Three more games, from memory:

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 c6 3.b3 Nf6 4.Bb2 Bf5 5.g3 Nbd7 6.Bg2 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.d3 Nb6 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.Re1 Qd7 11.Qc2 Rfd8 12.e4 Bh3 13.Ne5 Qc8 14.Bh1 Ng4 15.Nxg4 Qxg4 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.exd5 cxd5 18.Rxe7 Qd4 19.Rae1 dxc4 20.Nxc4 Qxd3 21.Qxd3 Rxd3 22.Ne5 Rd2 23.Rxf7+ Kh6 24.Rxb7 Rf8 25.Nf7+ Kh5 26.Re5+ Bf5 27.Bf3#

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 f5?! Inferior if White has played neither g3 nor e3. 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 Nbd7!? 9.cxd5 exd5? 10.Bxf5 Nh5 11.Qc2 g6 12.Bxd7 Bxd7 13.Bh6 Bf5 14.Qb3 Rf7? 15.Ne5 Rf6 16.g4 Bc8 17.gxh5 gxh5 18.Bg5 Rf5 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.f4 and won easily

1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.e4 Nbd7 7.Be3 Nc5 8.f3 e6 9.Be2 Be7 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Qd2 0-0 12.Rac1 b6 13.Rfd1 Bb7 14.Bf1 Rac8 15.Qf2 Rfe8 16.b4 Ncd7 17.Nb3 Qb8 18.Na4 b5 19.cxb5 axb5 20.Nc3 Ba6 21.Nd4 d5 22.exd5 Nxd5 23.Nxd5 exd5 24.a3 Ne5 25.Nf5 Qb7 26.Nxe7+ Qxe7 27.Bc5 Qb7 28.Bd4 Rcd8 29.Qg3 Ng6 30.h4 h5 31.Qg5 Qe7 32.Qxh5 Qxh4 33.Qxh4 Nxh4 About here, the three-hour mark passed, so we switched to a sighted simul, as per the rules announced at the start. 34.Rc6 Ra8 35.Rdc1 Re6 36.Rxe6 fxe6 37.Rc7 Nf5 38.Be5 g6 39.Bd3 Kf8 40.g4 Ne3 41.Bxg6 Rc8 42.Bd6+ Kg8 43.Bh7+ Kh8 44.Be5#

Garrett
22-03-2010, 05:40 AM
that's a great effort.

Well done Jono.

Goughfather
22-03-2010, 02:25 PM
Just out of interest, what is the "sighted session"? Is there a point in time where you're allowed to actually look at the board to take stock of the position?

Capablanca-Fan
22-03-2010, 03:00 PM
Just out of interest, what is the "sighted session"? Is there a point in time where you're allowed to actually look at the board to take stock of the position?
The blindfold simul was meant to start at 2pm; it was a little late. A church service in the place was meant to start at 6pm. So before we started play, it was announced that games not finished by 5pm would be adjudicated by the caller if it were clear-cut win on the board, or played out as a sighted simul if not; her decision would be final. It's not desirable, but it was forced by the circumstances. Most of my blindfold simuls are played blindfold right to the finish, as Adamski and SK could confirm.

Adamski
22-03-2010, 10:48 PM
The blindfold simul was meant to start at 2pm; it was a little late. A church service in the place was meant to start at 6pm. So before we started play, it was announced that games not finished by 5pm would be adjudicated by the caller if it were clear-cut win on the board, or played out as a sighted simul if not; her decision would be final. It's not desirable, but it was forced by the circumstances. Most of my blindfold simuls are played blindfold right to the finish, as Adamski and SK could confirm.That is true. The first simul where I called, a photo of which is my avatar, saw all games played out with Jono blindfold and resulted in a delayed start to the talk (excellent) that he gave that night on Jesus and Genesis. As the thread tells, he won most of his games. An amazing 10 wins and 2 draws out of 12 games! In the simul at Manly all games were also played out with Jono blindfold.

Spiny Norman
24-03-2010, 04:50 AM
In both simuls that I have called, all the games were played blindfold all the way through.

Sheroff
24-03-2010, 12:39 PM
Very nice work, Jono!

Blindfold chess is not something a lot of players can do well, if at all. I took on five players once (when my brain was much younger, in my twenties) and scored 4 -1, but ended up with a killer headache from the intense concentration. Haven't wanted to try since...

Some days I play the endgame like a man with a blindfold on, though...


Well done, Sir

Kevin Casey

Goughfather
24-03-2010, 03:13 PM
That is true. The first simul where I called, a photo of which is my avatar, saw all games played out with Jono blindfold and resulted in a delayed start to the talk (excellent) that he gave that night on Jesus and Genesis. As the thread tells, he won most of his games. An amazing 10 wins and 2 draws out of 12 games! In the simul at Manly all games were also played out with Jono blindfold.

You guys are speaking like I don't believe you! That certainly wasn't the case. I just wasn't sure whether a "sighted session" is part of normal blindfold parlance or not and wished for you to clarify.

Adamski
24-03-2010, 10:41 PM
You guys are speaking like I don't believe you! That certainly wasn't the case. I just wasn't sure whether a "sighted session" is part of normal blindfold parlance or not and wished for you to clarify.
That's fine GF. I can confirm it is not, at least not in my experience and to my knowledge.

Capablanca-Fan
26-03-2010, 12:31 PM
Caller

Alexandra Jule WIM 1783!

Adult Chess Players

Grahame Thompson 1
Axel Stahnke 1412!! 0

KING’S CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CHESS STUDENTS :
Sam Grigg Yr 12 - 1927!! =
Caleb Eriksson Yr 12 - 1296! 1
Daniel Lapitan Yr 6 - 1364! 1
Martin Jack Yr 7 - 1429!! 1
Matthew Pyper Yr 7 - 1053!! 1

Other U/18 player

Alexander Stahnke Yr 7 1800!! 0

Capablanca-Fan
26-06-2010, 02:12 AM
At a conference in North Carolina: blindfold against 10, scored 100%.

Basil
26-06-2010, 06:32 PM
At a conference in North Carolina: blindfold against 10, scored 100%.
Way. To. Go. :clap:

Adamski
27-06-2010, 01:00 AM
Way. To. Go. :clap:Yes indeed. Terrific effort, Jono. Your first bfs (blindfold simul) since moving from Aus I presume?