Master Chess with Your Eyes Closed

Master Chess
with Your Eyes Closed

There's one skill in Chess more important than any other.

It’s important to study openings, and learn the endgame.
But they’re not the most important things to master.
It’s how well you see the board in your head that matters most.
It’s the skill that separates the Grandmasters from the amateurs.
You watch any acclaimed Grandmaster of the last 50 years. When in a tricky position, they look AWAY from the board.
Beth Harmon in the Queen’s Gambit, based on how actual Grandmasters act in games, looks at the CEILING to find the best move.
Hikaru, Danya, and Magnus do it ALL THE TIME.
If you want to get better at Chess, you need ask yourself one simple question:
Can you trust the board in your head?
Chess is a game with no hidden information. We see the whole board in front of us when we play.
When we lose a game, it’s not because our opponent happened to be holding a card. 
Or has upgrades to their pieces that we don’t have.
We lost because we missed something. Because we couldn’t see it.
If we see the Chessboard more clearly than our opponent, we win.
"Visualization is probably the most important thing in Chess.
Mistakes and blunders, if we strip them down to the bare essence, are problems with visualization."

- Fabiano Caruana (2x World Chess Championship Challenger)

I used to see the Chessboard as if in a thick fog.
I would try to calculate the consequences of a move, but the fog obscured everything ahead.
I couldn’t see anything clearly. I hung pieces in one move. I made the simplest mistakes.
It made me helpless.
By the time I saw a threat it was too late to do anything about it.
I just had to go with my gut, and hope it worked out.
Fingers crossed.
But we don’t have to accept the fog in our Chess.
We can train ourselves to pierce through it.
And when we do, the impacts on every other area of our Chess are astounding.
Most think you only learn this skill by playing thousands and thousands of games.
They say your visualization will improve passively as you improve other things.
Why leave such an important skill up to time and chance?
When we flip the script, magic happens.
We can train visualization actively. And when we do, our Chess improves faster than anyone thinks it can.
"Learning visualization will help you take leaps and bounds that most players never do."

- International Master Danny Rensch (Chief Chess Officer @

Welcome to Don't Move! My name is Aiden.

Welcome to Don’t Move! My name is Aiden.

I’m no Grandmaster. I have no title.
What I DO have is a way for you to increase your Chess skill, rating, and enjoyment WAY faster than you’re “meant to”.
I built Don’t Move because I discovered a secret to rapid Chess mastery.
I know it works, because I used it myself and couldn’t believe the results.
And now hundreds of others have done it too.

Want to know the secret?
When we master visualization first, EVERYTHING in Chess becomes 100x easier to learn.

Chess courses teach visualization as an afterthought. They’re so wrong.
It is fundamental to rapid improvement.
"I love Don't Move Until You See It. Not only has my visualization improved, but I start every day barely able to wait until I can practice with Don't Move."

- WFM Tihana Ivekovic

Visualization is the MASTER SKILL of Chess.

I built a whole new way to improve at Chess, focused on training visualization first.

And it only takes 10 minutes a day.

It works so well, titled players use it to prepare for tournaments.

Beginner and intermediate players gain hundreds of rating points in mere weeks.

And Grandmasters are excited to contribute exercises.

There is nothing else like this out there. If there I was, I wouldn’t have built it.

If you want to improve at Chess but don’t want to spend hours per day memorizing lines, this is the place for you.
If you want to turn Chess study from boring to fun, this is the place for you.
If you’re open to a way of learning Chess that challenges tradition, this is the place for you.
I encourage you to look around.
Try the Master Skill Foundational Series to get an immediate kick-start to your Chess.
Or if you want to test your skills, give the Don’t Move Blindfold Trainer a go.
Maybe check out the full Don’t Move Training System
Explore. See if what I do here is for you.
Reach out and say “Hey!” anytime. I read all my emails.
I hope you love it here.
Here’s to the journey.

- Aiden (Founder)