blindfold chess and mental images

Chess moves are conceived in the mind so I agree with such a focus

I am pretty much the exact opposite of a "visual thinker", and it's no difference when I play blindfold chess.
I like the term "point-to-point logical connections" that you used @willwss , I think that also describes the way the chess board is "stored" in my head best.

In fact, isn't that way of "storing" the board much more efficient than any other way of doing it? Imagine a chess program would for example work with *.jpg files instead... that would be ridiculous, lol.
An actual "visualization" of the board is a neat feature at most, but doesn't help in the process of finding the right moves. At least as long as you're not a "visual thinker" in general.

Interestingly, Hikaru Nakamura says in this interview on reddit ( ) that he does actually see a chess board, the blue one from to be more exact. :D
(Please don't ban me for calling that site's name... :o )


Thank you for the Binet link. This is the best non-french summary I read.

(You can take as the three fathers of scientific psychology Wundt in Leipzig, Binet in Paris, James in Harvard. Their works are still interesting, if you like the historical develepment of psychological ideas. But that's off-topic.) His work and the book of Adriaan De Groot are still today interesting if you like to read about the thinking of the chess-players.

@petri999 that is like i see, but it is not an image, that image is how i would show my ideas. The language would be, to say, FEN, or somthing less formal. There are no image, now I understand

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