GM Timur Gareyev in Nairobi
GM Timur Gareyev aka “Blindfold King” paid an impromptu visit to Nairobi last week.
LGM Brian Kidula and I managed to meet up with him at his Nairobi hotel for a chat. Meeting the ebullient Timur was fascinating for both of us.
His demonstration of playing on chess.com without sight of the board left us astounded. He played with a blank board and the moves recorded on the side which is enough for him to play his game!
GM Gareyev at Kenya Motor Sports Club
GM Gareyev then spent time at Kenya Motor Sports Club in South C demonstrating his blindfold skills. You can find the videos here to enjoy. Video by Githinji Hinga GM Gareyev at Kenya Motor Sports Club.
His trip lasted only two days before he was off again. The next thing that I see on Instagram? GM Gareyev jumping off a plane with a chess set!!
You can find the video of his jump here – Chess Diving with Grandmaster Gareyev.
World blindfold record
There is no way that one can write about GM Gareyev without mentioning his herculean blindfold record.
It is important to learn a bit more about the history of blindfold chess.
GM Miguel Najdorf played for Poland in the 8th Chess Olympiad held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was unable to return home due to the start of World War II and decided to settle in Argentina.
GM Najdorf played a 40 board blindfold match in 1943. His hope was that this feat would travel the world to assure his family that he was still alive. Unfortunately his wife, daughter, parents and four brothers all died in the Holocaust.
He then improved his record to 45 boards in 1947 while visiting São Paulo, Brazil. This incredible feat stood unbroken until 2011 when German Master Mark Lang improved it to 46 boards.
GM Gareyev on 4th December 2016 set a new record of 48 boards. The event held at University of Nevada, Las Vegas lasted just over 19 hours! His final score was 35 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses.
Chess training with GM Timur Gareyev
If you are interested in training with GM Gareyev then link up with him on his website – GM Gareyev Website.
Story on GM Timur Gareyev
To really understand who GM Gareyev is then it is important to read the article done by Sagar Shah which can be found here – Chessbase India story on GM Gareyev. This covers his recent trip to India.