GM Timur Gareev defeats 29 in blindfold simul
By Mike Wilmering   
May 1, 2013
img_0032_copy.jpgSAINT LOUIS (May 1, 2013) --  It took 10 hours and 39 minutes for Grandmaster Timur Gareev to topple the final king and leave the chess community in Saint Louis dazed and amazed.

On Tuesday, GM Gareev put on a 33-board blindfolded simultaneous exhibition at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, scoring 29 wins, four draws and zero losses.

The field, composed entirely of Saint Louis Chess Club members, had an average USCF rating of 1363, and featured of two experts, three class A players (1800-1999) and five class B players (1600-1799).

CCSCSL Executive Director Tony Rich (USCF 2020) was the highest-rated player in the field and one of only four players to draw the blindfolded virtuoso.

"It was a truly an amazing experience to witness this remarkable display of concentration and memory," Rich said.

Play through some of Timur's games:







GM Gareev is working toward setting a new blindfold simul world record of 64 boards before the end of 2013. The date for the record-breaking simul is tentatively set for December 21 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

After switching federations from Uzbekistan to the U.S., he will be competing in his first-ever U.S. Championship. He enters the tournament as the No. 2-rated player in the field, second only to GM Gata Kamsky.
img_0072_copy.jpg The 2013 U.S. Championship and 2013 U.S. Women's Championship will be held simultaneously May 2 through May 13, with the Opening Ceremony taking place the evening of May 2 and the first round of play beginning at 1 p.m. CT on May 3.

Visit www.uschesschamps.com for more info.

The participating players in the simul, their board numbers, and their current USCF ratings are as follows (the * denotes the players that played GM Gareev to a draw):

    August Meyer: 987
    * Steve Mislich: 1642
    Lou Cotton: unr.
    Ben Boaz: 1269
    Joe Wojcki: 1817
    Richard Pack: 1881
    Ken West: 1269
    Sal Falcone: unr.
    * William Little: 1515
    Ed Protzel: unr.
    Joe Baur: unr.
    Tim Baur: 487
    Abdul Shakoor: 1176
    Diamond Shakoor: 1259
    Micah Losee: 1770
    Julian Proleiko: 1735
    Josh Cardenas: 1334
    Jim Smith: 739
    Preethi Kembaiyan: 1228
    Yizheng He: 1160
    Adam Eubanks: 1321
    * Justin Hull: 1673
    Sathya Anand: 1423
    Katie Stujenske: 544
    Willy Kane: 1871
    Alex Marler: 2012
    Adonis "Mark" Reddick: 1548
    * Tony Rich: 2020
    Sarah Crawford: 476
    Jonathan Lake: 581
    Richard Pointer: 1594
    Brian Jerauld: 1762
    Ben Simon: 1437

The average was derived from the 29 rated players with the four unrated players omitted from the calculations. Of the four unrated players, only Ed Protzel is not a current USCF member.

img_0080_copy.jpgThe 2013 U.S. Championship and 2013 U.S. Women's Championship will be held simultaneously May 2 through May 13. This marks the fifth consecutive year that each of these prestigious events will be held in Saint Louis.

The opening ceremony takes place on May 2, and the first round for both events will kick off at 1 p.m. CT on May 3.

Also, fans of the U.S. Chess Championships can participate in Fantasy Chess for free by visiting: http://www.uschesschamps.com/2013-fantasy-chess. The grand prize is round-trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental U.S., two nights hotel, a private dinner with GM Yasser Seirawan and two private lessons with Seirawan as well.

About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.