GM Gareev Defeats 29 in Blindfold Simul

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  • on 1/5/13 11:46.

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.

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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: 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

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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

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  • hace 17 meses


    The moves toward the end of the game are wrong here I had a win but I got nervous and offered a draw when I get home today I will post the correct moves

  • hace 4 años


    The game with William Little is interesting because I think black could have done something with the passed pawn instead of 37. Re4 ... Rd6? a move that does nothing apart from allowing the Knight fork which draws the game. Pushing the passed pawn will allow black to at least force a rook exchange and then take his pawn advantage to victory.

    At least thats how I see it.

  • hace 4 años


    Playing against many beginners makes it more difficult cause he has to remember akward moves and akward positions...not as when you are playing theoretical moves...many of the players that have made blindfold chess records have played against many almost newcomers to this record has all the value and acknowledge...very well done Timur...

  • hace 4 años


    @Krestez But that's because Carlsen doesn't practice blindfolded simuls regularly, if i would practice that I bet he also could do 33. The most amazing thing is that Timur is even going for 64!!

  • hace 4 años


    Did he keep in mind 33 positions??? That's impossible! Even Carlsen stated in an interview that 20 is a big challenge even for him.

  • hace 4 años


    My head hurts.

  • hace 4 años


    how does know what moves his oppenent makes

  • hace 4 años


  • hace 4 años


    Kasparov : I can play 30 games at once!!!

    Timur Gareev : PFFFFFFFF..... I can do that blindfold 

  • hace 4 años


    Can we have a DNA test done, just to make sure he's human?

  • hace 4 años


    The average 1363 makes me think there were a few complete beginner. 

    Still, Impressive performance Surprised

    Besides, he was probably lost against Little. Instead of the horrendous 37...Rd6 ?? , 37...d3+ was strong.

  • hace 4 años


    the exhibition in hawaii will be even weaker opposition.  the average rating of 1300 is just ridiculous.   the minimum should be at least 1550-1600.  the reason he picks weak players is that he can quickly beat them and the games are shorter.

  • hace 4 años


    Im rooting for Timur in the upcoming US Championship

  • hace 4 años


    Very impressive! Did you see one of the players he beat was Anand? ;) 

  • hace 4 años


    those players are higher ranked - i wonder how many 2000+ players can he play simul blind

  • hace 4 años


    What an amazing experience! I helped moderate the simul here at the CCSCSL and I could not imagine that he would be so successful!

    Looks like some of the questions were already addressed. But I can answer some:

    "Uh, he only had to concentrate for four games. The rest of the field was laughable weak compared to him."

    The players were of good caliber, many frequent visitors of the chess club, students from our scholastic programs and staff of the chess club. Accommodations were provided for the participants to keep them focused throughout the 10+ hour match. Remember, he had to remember all 33 games; not to mention calculations! Those are thousands of positions at the same time.

    "What is that headset he's wearing?"

    This was a last minute decision; they are noise cancelling headphones that are wired to a microphone into which the participants would say their moves. 

    After about an hour, Timur got tired of wearing them, so I know that this picture was taken right after we started. 

  • hace 4 años


    Timur ... awesome job!  And to the participants ... you guys rock! 

  • hace 4 años

    NM GargleBlaster

    Well, that's it, I quit, I can't even remember where I left my cell phone.

  • hace 4 años


    With due respect to GM Timur Gareev, the thing I like about his simul is his  shirt. Is that a shirt? (lol).   

  • hace 4 años


    First game against William Little:

    39.Nxd6 Nxd6 40.Rxd4 Nxb5 and white has an easily won endgame.

    If it wasn't blindfold it was an easy win.

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