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GM Gareev Defeats 29 in Blindfold Simul

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/1/13, 11:46 AM.

phpuS9Vyw.jpegGM Timur Gareev Defeats 29 Players in Blindfold Simul

PRESS RELEASE: SAINT LOUIS (May 1, 2013) --  It took 10 hours and 39 minutes for Grandmaster Timur Gareev to topple the final king and leave the chess community in Saint Louis dazed and amazed.

On Tuesday, GM Gareev put on a 33-board blindfolded simultaneous exhibition at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, scoring 29 wins, four draws and zero losses.

The field, composed entirely of Saint Louis Chess Club members, had an average USCF rating of 1363, and featured of two experts, three class A players (1800-1999) and five class B players (1600-1799).

CCSCSL Executive Director Tony Rich (USCF 2020) was the highest-rated player in the field and one of only four players to draw the blindfolded virtuoso. “It was a truly an amazing experience to witness this remarkable display of concentration and memory,” Rich said.

GM Timur Gareev in action during the blindfold simul



GM Gareev is working toward setting a new blindfold simul world record of 64 boards before the end of 2013. The date for the record-breaking simul is tentatively set for December 21 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. After switching federations from Uzbekistan to the U.S., he will be competing in his first-ever U.S. Championship. He enters the tournament as the No. 2-rated player in the field, second only to GM Gata Kamsky.

The 2013 U.S. Championship and 2013 U.S. Women’s Championship will be held simultaneously May 2 through May 13, with the Opening Ceremony taking place the evening of May 2 and the first round of play beginning at 1 p.m. CT on May 3.

Visit www.uschesschamps.com for more info.

Some of Timur's opponents in the simul





The participating players in the simul, their board numbers, and their current USCF ratings are as follows (the * denotes the players that played GM Gareev to a draw):

    August Meyer: 987
    * Steve Mislich: 1642
    Lou Cotton: unr.
    Ben Boaz: 1269
    Joe Wojcki: 1817
    Richard Pack: 1881
    Ken West: 1269
    Sal Falcone: unr.
    * William Little: 1515
    Ed Protzel: unr.
    Joe Baur: unr.
    Tim Baur: 487
    Abdul Shakoor: 1176
    Diamond Shakoor: 1259
    Micah Losee: 1770
    Julian Proleiko: 1735
    Josh Cardenas: 1334
    Jim Smith: 739
    Preethi Kembaiyan: 1228
    Yizheng He: 1160
    Adam Eubanks: 1321
    * Justin Hull: 1673
    Sathya Anand: 1423
    Katie Stujenske: 544
    Willy Kane: 1871
    Alex Marler: 2012
    Adonis “Mark” Reddick: 1548
    * Tony Rich: 2020
    Sarah Crawford: 476
    Jonathan Lake: 581
    Richard Pointer: 1594
    Brian Jerauld: 1762
    Ben Simon: 1437

The average was derived from the 29 rated players with the four unrated players omitted from the calculations. Of the four unrated players, only Ed Protzel is not a current USCF member.

The 2013 U.S. Championship and 2013 U.S. Women’s Championship will be held simultaneously May 2 through May 13. This marks the fifth consecutive year that each of these prestigious events will be held in Saint Louis.

The opening ceremony takes place on May 2, and the first round for both events will kick off at 1 p.m. CT on May 3.

Also, fans of the U.S. Chess Championships can participate in Fantasy Chess for free by visiting: http://www.uschesschamps.com/2013-fantasy-chess. The grand prize is round-trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental U.S., two nights hotel, a private dinner with GM Yasser Seirawan and two private lessons with Seirawan as well.


About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.
Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.

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  • 2 years ago


    It's all about practice. My record in blinfold play is six boards, and I'm no GM. I also played a match with a friend, we played three games simultaneously where I played blinfold in two and he in the third. Also played blinfold against 2100 player, he gave me knight and two beers odds.

  • 2 years ago


    What is that headset he's wearing?

  • 2 years ago


    It is interesting to know how many blunders GM Gareev made (which his opponents didn't notice), e.g., compared to an average blindfold game against fewer (or even just one) participant.  

    Even top GMs playing blindfold on a single board, playing someone of their top-GM strength sometimes leave pieces under attack or get confused in longer combinations (the supertournament in Monako showed many examples of just that over the years), so I assume some of that may have happened here too.

    Clearly these opponents weren't of the caliber that can challenge GM Gareev much on an individual level.  The contest here is mostly one of managing the scale for him.

  • 2 years ago


    A comment from the Youtube video (Provided at the start of the comments) from William Little (according to the screen name used): Awesome day of chess I played timur and got a draw timur gareev vs William little but the notation is wrong on the site he played 37. Re4 I played h6 not rd6 38.ne8+kh7 39.nf6+ kg7 40.ne8+ kh7 and I offered him a draw and he accepted

  • 2 years ago


    Hey August! I was right next to you on board 1. Once Gareev breaks the blindfold record in December, we can officially say we faced a chess record breaker!

  • 2 years ago


    He did not as a general rule, get to hear all the moves leading up to the position. I was board 1. The way it worked was he would call out the board number, you would say your name, and then your move. Then he would say his move. Gareev "Board 1". Me "August, my move is Nc6". Gareev "Bb5". And so on. In my game, he did not ask or have to be reminded of single move or have the mistake of the moderator placing his piece incorrectly. I was checkmated in 29 moves.

  • 2 years ago


    It is not very difficult to play blindfold on one or two boards, and I did it with some of my friends. But 33 boards... It looks like a miracle. That is a phenomenal record.

  • 2 years ago



  • 2 years ago


    I suppose he has 34 different minds huh.. one extra for feeling pity on his opponents

  • 2 years ago


    For those interested, my game with GM Gareev can be found here:


  • 2 years ago


    sonofpearl what can a chess.com member have to do to play timur in oue of his simul practice games on here lol

  • 2 years ago


    There were instances where he had to be reminded of a move, but that was very rare. There was also on occasion of the moderator making the moves thinking Timur said "b" instead of "d" (or the other way around) when Timur was moving his bishop during a game. When he then wanted to move that bishop to a square it could go on only from the b file, but it was on the d file, the moderator admited to hearing the move incorrectly and Timur just said, "Ok, we'll play it like this," and continued to play as if the bishop were on the d file. 

  • 2 years ago


    gareev did 29 games at the same time o.o

    how does he do that!

    on chess.com, he can barely win all 5 every time!

  • 2 years ago


    Free rabbit food, he scored 31, draws are .5. Mottsauce, no, I don't believe that that is true.

  • 2 years ago


    I was one of the lucky ones to draw him. Unfortunately my game is not posted in the article! Oh well. Feel free to ask me any questions about the experience.

  • 2 years ago


    @smalugu: I thought that if you made an illegal move, you immediately forfeit?

  • 2 years ago


    Not too bad for the next USA CHAMPION!

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Very amazing.

  • 2 years ago


    Wow... talk about itimidation. imagine hearing that the guy you are about to play tomorrow morning in a two day tournament recently played a 33 board simul blindfolded... And scored 29...

  • 2 years ago



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