"I close my eyes so I can see."
          -
Paul Gauguin
blindfold chess

Blindfold King

Grandmaster Timur Gareyev
 

Blindfold Chess

Photo courtesy of ventura county star

I started playing Blindfold Chess a couple of years ago. After several matches I became fascinated with the way it feels to play blindfolded. My dream was to break the world record for the most simultaneous games played at a time. I accomplished this goal December 4, 2016 when I played 48 games blindfolded at the same time winning 35, drawing 7 and losing 6 in just under 19 hours.  This event took place at the UNLV Foundations Building in Las Vegas. 

I plan to continue my blindfold chess journey as I travel back to my home country of Uzbekistan with visits to Russia and other Eastern European countries.


-GM Timur Gareyev


"Watching Timur play blindfold simuls and blindfold blitz is the  most 
amazing triumph of the mind I've ever seen in fifty years of chess."


-Brad Lundstrom,  Chess Teacher & Coach at Chessmates, Ft. Collins, CO

"It gives me great joy to know that some day when I look back on all of the athletes I covered in my life, I’ll be able to say the most impressive guy I ever saw was an exercise-bike-riding, walnut-eating, flip-flop wearing, blindfolded chess player."

-Shad Powers, Sports Columnist for The Desert Sun
 
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