Timur Gareyev is a chess grandmaster originally from Uzbekistan. He has held the rank of 3rd highest rated chess player in the US and top 100 players in the world with a peak USCF rating of 2780. He is best known for his exceptional Blindfold Chess playing ability. Blindfold Chess is a form of chess play where a player has no sight of the chess board or the positions of the pieces on the board.
Timur has participated in thousands of blindfold chess games in classic simuls, online events and practice games. In May 2013 he participated in a 33 board blindfold simul at the US Championship in St. Louis. The simul took a little over 10 hours finishing with 29 wins, 4 draws and zero losses. On July 31, 2015, Timur made history by setting a new world record for playing Tandem Blindfold Chess with the current Blindfold Chess Champion, Marc Lang.
He holds the Guinness World Record for Blindfold Chess most simultaneous chess wins.
Timur has an adventurous spirit and is a licensed sky diver and BASE jumper. He enjoys traveling and meeting new people. He stays fit by hiking and practicing yoga. Timur is active in schools and has chess academies in Las Vegas, Austin and Kansas. He serves as a consultant for the Karpov International School of Chess and has created a Virtual Chess instructional program that is being offered to schools all over the US. Timur has authored a Chess Tactics workbook called C.A.T. Tactics and is working on a new book titled Get Off the Couch and Play Chess.