Welcome to the Odin Chess Blog

We write posts covering any and all chess related topics, with a special focus on blindfold chess.

Chess pieces sitting on books
2022-09-04

How to Read and Write Chess Notation

A tutorial to help you learn how to read and write chess notation.

Magnus Carlsen blindfolded with a chess themed background
2022-09-16

Magnus Carlsen Blindfold Simul with Time Controls

In 2015 Magnus Carlsen played a 3-board blindfold simul exhibition for charity. As an added twist, this was his first blindfold exhibition with time controls.

A map of Denmark with a chess-themed background
2022-04-12

The Danish Gambit: Pros and Cons

An analysis of one of the most exciting chess openings: The Danish Gambit, including when you should play it, a close look at some of the main lines, and how to respond when your opponent tries it.

wordle guesses
2022-07-23

Boardle: Wordle For Chess Puzzles

A discussion about Boardle, a new game that offers a free daily chess puzzle in the format of a Wordle Game.

A man reading a chess book and following along on a chess board
2022-04-23

How to Read Chess Books: The Best Way to Learn and Improve Your Game

Important chess study tips to make sure you get the most out of every chess book you read.

Chess pieces lined up at the start of a match, white background, blue tint
2022-09-04

Getting Started with Odin Chess

A tutorial to help you navigate and best use our website according to your skill level.

Timur Gareyev breaking the world record for most simultaneous blindfold chess games
2022-04-06

Blindfold Chess World Record

In 2016 US Grandmaster Timur Gareyev broke the world record for most simultaneous blindfold chess games.

Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament logo on a chess themed background
2022-09-21

Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament

The Amber Chess tournament was an annual event held from 1992 to 2011 that was the highlight of the chess calendar. The best players in the world would gather each year to face off in two rounds of chess. One rapid, and one blindfold.

A man concentrating on a chess game, purple background
2022-04-07

Chess Visualization: How to See the Game in Your Mind

Learn how to visualize a chess game in your mind, including different exercises you can try.

A man in a blindfold with a chess-themed background
2022-04-12

Why and How to Learn Blindfold Chess

A discussion of the best methods for learning blindfold chess, and how learning blindfold chess will help your chess skills.

Magnus Carlsen and Lex Fridman, black background
2022-09-29

Lex Fridman and Magnus Carlsen Discuss Blindfold Chess

Magnus Carlsen made a recent appearance on Lex Fridman's podcast, and one of the topics of converstation was blindfold chess.