49 ( +1 | -1 ) Simul exhibitionsI had this posted elsewhere, but it was buried deep at the end of a string....What I am interested in is finding out some examples of the greatest simul exhibitions ever held. I would like to find out the greatest number of opponents faced and the ending scores. I would also like any info on blindfold simuls. I read somewhere that Morphy played a 300 game simul and went 292-0-8. If anyone has any related facts I would appreciate hearing about them........
18 ( +1 | -1 ) 300 game simul in Morphy's days sounds unlikely (although it's not impossible), as far as I recall they started those "I can play a bigger simul than you"-competitions a bit later.
90 ( +1 | -1 ) In 1937 George Koltanowski played a 34 game blindfold simul in 13.5 hours in Edinburgh. His score was 24 wins and 10 draws.
Miquel Najdorf topped this in 1947 by playing blindfold against 45 players. His score was 39 wins, 2 defeats and 4 draws.
Janos Flesh played blindfold in 1960 against 52 players with a final score of 31 wins, 18 losses, and 3 draws.
In 1960 Koltanowski once again put on a blindfold simul at the age of 56. He played 56 players with a final score of 50 wins, 6 losses.
As far as I know, there is no record of the strength of the opposition in any of these simuls. As is often the case, they would have been played against a local chess club with players of all strengths but most likely far lower than master strength opponents. This is not to diminish though the obvious masterful performances of these men under such a daunting handicap.