GM Gareev Training to Break Blindfold World Record on!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 1/8/13, 4:15 PM.

Starting on January 16, 2013, Grandmaster Timur Gareev will compete against members in a unique bi-weekly event: He will attempt to break the world record for total number of boards played in a Blindfold Simultaneous match at the end of the calendar year, and he will use our Live Chess server as the arena to prepare himself!

To help him achieve this amazing goal, has developed an invisible chess set, which we are releasing for use by ALL members in Live Chess within the week! In "Blindfold Mode," Timur will be able to view only the move lists of each game: He will have no visual indication of the pieces on the board.

To complete a move, he will have to click the square of the piece he intends to move, and then click the target square. The time controls for the simul are rapid: 25 minutes, with a 30-second increment - and not being able to see the pieces will increase the level of difficulty tenfold (ten games each simul)! 

On game day, Timur will open up for challenges at 2:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Eastern - and members will have an opportunity to compete against him on a first-come / first-served basis. (Unlike Timur, these lucky members will, of course, be able to see all the pieces during their game!) will have live coverage of the first event on - with commentary by IM Daniel Rensch, as well as pre- and post-match interviews with GM Gareev. Though the format of each bi-weekly simul is still a "work in progress", intends to have live webcam footage of Timur as he plays each Simul on The first four dates have already been set and can be found on the schedule page!

In addition to actually playing the simul, Grandmaster Gareev will offer a "video lecture recap" of each exhibition match, reviewing the games to highlight the critical and instructional moments for our members. 

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  • 4 years ago


    Achilles, if you played Timur yesterday, I believe the show saved in the video library. He did speak about games at the end, but don't know if one was yours.

  • 4 years ago


    Just curious, when will the video lecture from each blindfold game start? Or is it already up somewhere? I'm very curious to what he his thoughts were on our game.


  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    there won't be a rating for blindfold, as it'll be on the honors system.

    it should be out within the week.

  • 4 years ago


    dpruess wrote:

    somehow, Gareev has to 1) be made aware of the opponent's move (the computer won't speak up) and 2) input his own move.

    1) There is a setting to highlight the last move made, which will make him aware of his opponent's move.

    2) Normal drag/drop or click/click method?

    The move,chat,seek boxes can be hidden, but unfortunately with multiple games it's impossible to obscure the move box. Maybe should have an option to obscure only the move box (when playing any number of games), to make Gareev's training more like the real thing.

    There is only one potential problem: that he doesn't know which piece was moved or whether any captures were made, and is only told the squares moved from/to. However I believe this was the method used in the Amber Blindfold tournaments so it's certainly not unusual, and there shouldn't be much difference between the methods anyway.

    dpruess wrote:

    i suspect that to make it good training, he won't be looking back at the move list, only the last move made.

    It's difficult to avoid seeing all moves but the last, and even seeing the last few moves can be a big help towards membering the position.

  • 4 years ago


    when does blinfold mode begin??

  • 4 years ago


    IM pruess, will offer a new rating, for blindfolded games? Or will be everything unrated. However, I'm affraid that players would use a board in their rooms...

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yes, everyone will have access to the new set of "invisible" pieces-- meaning you can all play blindfolded with each other or against GM Gareev. normally, in a blindfold simul you would not look at the game scores. or a board. but there are some limitations online, since somehow, Gareev has to 1) be made aware of the opponent's move (the computer won't speak up) and 2) input his own move.

    so this training will be a bit different from his eventual record attempt, but i suspect that to make it good training, he won't be looking back at the move list, only the last move made.

    and yes, the world record attempt will be in Hawaii in December! I'm thinking of going to witness it.

  • 4 years ago


    The book is great too, for blindfold fans.

  • 4 years ago


    Awsome perfect

  • 4 years ago

    IM Kacparov

    So can we assume that if the world record attempt will be in December, the blindfold chess at will stay for longer?

  • 4 years ago

    IM Kacparov

  • 4 years ago


    If you reside in Greece, you must add 10 hours to Pacific Time to get Hellenic Time, i.e. this event will open up on January 16th at 12:00 pm midnight, which practically translates to the beginning of the 17th of January.

    For the benefit of all its non-US resident members, I was wondering if could be so kind and start including GMT time on all its event, tournament, e.t.c. announcements - because, quite frankly, references to Eastern or Pacific time are Greek to us Smile...        

  • 4 years ago


    Is the blindfold live chess going to stay for a long time or is it only for this record attempt?

  • 4 years ago


    If you want to be part of blindfold simul history, start making your plans to be in Hawaii in December 2013.

    If I'm not mistaken, GM Gareev will attempt to break the world record with a 64 board blindfold simul in Hawaii in December 2013.

  • 4 years ago


    I hope the GM understands what he is doing.  Ten boards is one thing, but at rapid time control?  I'm only aware of one other player who has played ten games with time control in history, and that was Kasparov.  A normal ten board simul would be expected to last at least four hours, sometimes twice that long.  I'm sure he is banking on playing weak players and hoping for short easy games, but weak players play weird moves which make little sense and can be hard to remember.  Good luck to him.

  • 4 years ago

    IM Cryptochess

    Is it possible to also play blindfold? Of course, I suppose we want the conditions for GM Gareev to be as similar to when he actually attempts the record as possible, but considering he has access to the move lists it seems to defeat the purpose if we have 2 giant advantages (simul+blindfold) over him.

  • 4 years ago


    @FilipinoChess: there are some who have an extraordinary memory and concentration, so they are naturally better at blindfold chess. Others think more quickly and are better at blitz; for example, Grischuk has been blitz champion twice, but never higher than 7th in the FIDE ratings. Gareev is a very good chess player, but given his skill set he is one of the top blindfold players. And keep in mind that he is only 24!

  • 4 years ago


    The link provided in the article mentions that Guinness does not recognize Najdorf's record because he had access to the game scores.

    You're right Geographybuff. I read a bit too quickly there.

  • 4 years ago


    @offtherook could you post the link to the definition? Because I cannot find it at the guiness world records.

  • 4 years ago


    Note that he is training for the world record, not just attempting it here.

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