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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Simultaneous Blindfold: FM Lang plays 35, can he beat Najdorf’s World Record of 45 in 2011?

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hello Everyone,

We found this fantastic video at the BlindfoldChess website. It is about German FIDE master Marc Lang. He has been working on improving the number of blindfold games in a simul. He started playing 15 simultaneously in June 2009 to becoming the holder of the German record of 23 in November of the same year. Just recently (Nov.27-28, 2010) he successfully took on 35 opponents in Sontheim, Germany, which eclipsed the 34-board performance of George Koltanowski in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1937.

Koltanowski’s accomplishment became the world record for number of simultaneous blindfold games played up to that time, but a decade later Miguel Najdorf played 45 at once in São Paulo, Brazil and this currently stands as the generally accepted world record.

Well, we have the video in German. But don't worry. If you love chess, you would love the video. In any case, flip back to the article and read it in English afterwards at BlindfoldChess website.

Meanwhile, we wish FM Marc Lang the best of luck in his amazing chess quest.

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