Gareyev gives blindfold simul in Amsterdam

by Albert Silver
5/31/2016 – The Caissa Amsterdam chess club, the largest chess club in Amsterdam, just celebrated its 65th anniversary. In honor of the moment they organized a series of activities for both the youth as well as the adults in the club. One of thesewas a blindfold simul by Timur Gareyev on thirteen boards. Lennart Ootes was there and brought some excellent photos.

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Photos by Lennart Ootes

The challenge was taken on by both young...

...and old alike.

One might imagine the opponents were carefully chosen to avoid any undue difficulties, but...

...Timur Gareyev simply said he would take on the first ten to sign up to play, no restrictions..

As a result, while he did have some relatively easy opponents...

... one of them was rated over 2100 (he won) and another was rated over 2000.

You might be inclined to describe it as easy pickings for a grandmaster of Gareyev's calibre,
but blindfold is blindfold!

"If this is him blindfold..."

The experience was still one that was thoroughly enjoyed...

... though some had to see it up close for themselves to believe it.

Thirteen players played against Timur this time...

... and as per his usual, he spent the five and a half hours also pumping away on a stationary bike.

In a previous article written by Timur himself, he explains that sometimes he is forced to
replay the moves over in his head while he tries to make the positions and openings stick.

He also explained he loves to play risky openigns and gambits in simul play....

... even blindfold!

You can contact Timur Gareyev (above yesterday during a visit in Hamburg) at his website
Blindfoldking. In December he plans to break the world record for blindfold simul in Prague. 

Timur Gareyev:
Developing the initiative

Dynamic play is what makes your chess effective and most importantly fun! You start the game making the essential steps of developing pieces and focusing on the center. As the battle heats up one player assumes the defensive position while the attacker takes over the initiative. As you commit to your attack, keeping the initiative becomes alike ''walking a tight rope''. There is no turning back and the path to success is narrow. You either come out victorious or you fall crushing down. This is the kind of chess we love to play!

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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