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

Blindfold King

Grandmaster Timur Gareyev


As you live your life, you wanna accomplish great goals. However most importantly you want to be in the moment and have fun (cauz life is short!). So that's what I will share with you, the moments of contemplation as well as moments of fun which often come at the same time!
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Let no one untrained in geometry enter

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"Ageōmétrētos mēdeìs eisítō." Such is motto over the entrance to Plato's Academy.

Geometry has a powerful connection to chess players' ability of visulization and creating meaningful connections even without the sight of the chess board. Despite the stereotype of chess players' innate ability to be great at math, I never excelled at mathematics as I went to school.

In my teenage years I started to focus on mastering the discipline just the same way I approached learning chess, as I became grandmaster at the age of 15. The results certainly followed as most importantly I learned to appreciate the beauty of geometry. Thus there are no miracles, but only hard work and dedication!


World Blindfold Chess Federation (Mastermind Communication)

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Hello dear sirs and madams joining us in this important moment of truth,

We need you as part of our mastermind experience just as much as this world needs fresh supplies of water. Let there be light, and in these days of summer we embrace the Solstice of the brightest form of intellectual and creative pursuit. As you may have guessed, we are now talking about blindfold chess, aka blindschach, ajedrez sin ver, échec des yeux bandés, или шахматы вслепую!

Let me get straight to the point, we picked our oracle and the true prophet of this brilliant game! "Eric The Last of the Mohicans Vigil" took the call of the blindfold chess community of this planet who are starving for the true creative spirit of artful expression! Thus we are establishing the World Blindfold Chess Federation. To begin the journey to the ultimate blindfold pedestal of the World Series of Blindfold Chess!!!

All the powerful forces of nature such as blindfold chess are truly understood in contrast. We wasted no time challenging the coldest and highest of places to present their magnificient environment for our beloved game.


Smart people just do what they do

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Another magnificient event with 10 gentelemen primarily represented by the members of Reform Club and RAC (Royal Automobile Club). The enchanting venue certainly created the wonderful aura as well as challenges. I set out to play the event within the alloted 1.5 hours on my clock as well as 1 hour 30 minutes for my opponents.

Inspiration to achieve "Despite the Challenges"

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The law and the cosmic force of accomplishment despite any challenges works to charge us up regardless of whether we encounter good or bad luck along our journey:

Despite the challenges, I will take the steps I must take to accomplish my goal.

I will go wherever I must go to reach my goal.

I will strengthen the character traits which I must strengthen, in order to fulfil my vision.

In order to reach the highest goals and accomplish the most difficult tasks, you must form a principle, or the natural law which defines the results you are aiming for, and you must follow that law!

Через пустыни, океаны и горы в едином вздохе!

Practice at Hand

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Blindfold chess practice at every opportunity! This is sure is a great slogan to keep in mind and rehearse the blindfold brilliancies yet to come! I sure have explored ways to train, and actually playing the games is the best way to get comfortable and master the ability. 

(Improv blindfold session vs. 3 players as part of presentation at Innopolis University, Kazan, Russia)

Thus, I've encountered the opportunity to represent my Vegas team via online. It was tempting to try out the blindfold approach and so far I have interesting results. Primarily most of my matched ended up with an even result for me. Say I performed even at about 2450 level a number of times.  However one of the matches I ended up with 4-0!

I enjoyed a landslide victory vs Pittsburg including a clear point against Shabalov! 


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Today with however Little time and the inspired energy I have, I focus on what is in front of me and what touches people deeply now.

Love brings joy, and nature is a grateful witness to expression of our love through creative effort. Fun times are a matter of choice, and luck is one way to be creative.

Here are the joyous notes of life’s music that sing my day away! Nothing less but inspiration my friends! Yes full of Energy from the depth of my soul!




Strength in Justice

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I enjoy living life with every moment as it comes, truly fascinating to experience life in it's natural essence! So much is gained through research and investigation. As we transcended and modified our natural instincts into more "civilized" human way of life, the intellectual succeeded over the experiential. Having come a long way of ultimate intellectual pursuit I prefer to live life alike skydiving rather than chess. 

Or better if I were to live life alike playing a game of chess, I would pick to be Tal as the ultimate superhero! I feel like the best way to experience the best of both worlds is to set an intention of the direction you want your life to develop. Such are the great points of wisdom alike "Strength is in Justice", written on the statue of Amir Temur in Tashkent, or the spirit of eternal flame. 

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New Year's Resolution!

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Oh what a feeling to tap into the energy of universe! Guided by the "hand of God" your intentions manifest in an unstoppable storm of events bringing your desires to fruition! What a blissful sensation to live as life evolves moment to moment and only look back to smile and wave goodbye.Truly taste, hear, and feel! Those are all great gifts of our senses and the energy of life we can tap into every day! What an incredible style of accomplishment and celebration of a successful journey! 

Blindfold Chess Memory Palace

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You can reach fascinating results in remembering tremendous number and order of items at a time. In order to make the large random sequence and items accessible for your memory, you must chunk and transform random items into the "guests" of your "memory palace". 

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Similarly, there are ways to consolidate the order of 47 games of chess in your mind using the technique. One of the major challenges in playing multiple games blindfolded, is the start of the session. At the start, the opening moves are not very exciting for the mind to grasp. Oftentimes practioners of blindfold chess get discouraged by the blur of the moment, and do not proceed with their attempts to master the art of blindfold chess. 

The idea of memory palace becomes essential in creating the flow in recollecting the items as you move along the memory path. You start out by imagining a familiar path along your daily walk, journey to school, or walkway through your house. As you walk through, you establish anchors in notable places along your path. The key to successfully place the items in a memorable sequence, is to first transform those items into vivid images and characters you meet along your path. 

For example, considering you may have a sequence of several openings such as 1.d4-d5, 1.e4-e5, 1.c4-e5. You may choose the image of Princess Diana for Queen's Gambit, Elvis Presley for 1.e4-e5, and an Englishman drinking a cup of tea for English Opening. Now the key is to anchor those characters along the journey through your memory palace. As the games evolve you may elaborate on more ways to distinguish and transform the images to aid your memory...

Experience your Dream

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The best way to become a better chess player is to practice your game blindfolded. Intense visualization helps implement both the positional maneouvers, and execute tactics with a lot more clarity and confidence. This makes one wonder if blindfold chess skill is transferable to other serious pursuits as well as everyday life. 

Ambitions make you aim higher and look for perfection. Even though it is impossible to reach perfection, having a healthy level of obsession about your mission in life is certainly helpful! Recently I was re-examining some of my goals from a couple years ago. It is interesting that I primarily accomplished all the "fun" stuff on the list. Becoming a billionaire was not the number one goal I saw myself enacting with passion. I did dream of base-jumping and flying in the air, and so I did!

It's fun to close your eyes and see yourself experiencing the great feats of a lifetime. On a more practical level, either the night before or in the morning you may also visualize your day seeing all the details of what will work and make you happy. As your mind is set for success, the patterns for greater accomplishment will reveal themselves!