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Blindfold King

Grandmaster Timur Gareyev

"I close my eyes so I can see."

- Paul Gauguin



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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Posted by [email protected] on December 24, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (224)

"Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happinness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope."

Enlightenment is when all hope disappears. Enlightenment is disappearance of hope.

Learning is fun!

Posted by [email protected] on October 6, 2017 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (197)

Major part of our lives spent acquiring knowledge and mastering skills. This seems like the inevitable part of human nature to pursue and discover the insights into understanding the world better. Growth is one of the highest values one can strive for. 

Motivation and learning come hand in hand. We must find something that would drive us to master a skill and reach a challenging goal. Learning to speak a foreign language may sound like a fun idea. However there must be a good reason to sustain the learninig efforts over a course of time.

I enjoyed learning Spanish at University of Texas. I lived right by the border with Mexico and had a lot of my friends, and Spanish speaking teammates from Latin America. As I travelled to Mexico City for a competition, I had the opportunity to practice the language and was proud of my progress over a course of a week. Despite lack of grammar skills and vocabulary, as soon as I tried to express myself in a continuous flow of words and sentences, I found myself coming up with strings of perfectly coherent thoughts and ideas I supported with hand gestures and body language!

Vamos a divertirnos aprendiendo juntos! As we invest our time and efforts to learn everyday, let's have fun doing what we do best as ever-evolving human species. Perfection is a poor standard, what we want to accomplish is good rhythm and flow in becoming stronger and more focused. Powerful mindset and good supportive team is key to make anything you want come true for you and your fellow bretheren and sistren!

Deep Calculation Skills

Posted by [email protected] on August 30, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (83)

The process of calculation is very much like blindfold chess since you can't move the pieces to explore different options. Once you commit you only got one route you pick just like during a tournament game.

Timing is very important in making good decisions as you calculate. Aside from training to be sharp in unpredictable tactical situations, you must aim to connect with your instincts since your intuition in tough spots will give you the edge. Not many chess players are willing to go with their intuition. The cost of over analyzing can show in lack of creative instinct, waste of energy, and eventual time pressure. So let me give you a couple steps of how a good decision looks like:

Before you start calculating, or really doing anything with the position in your mind, you want to relax your analytical and emotional minds and just:

1. Perceive the situation in the game= Experience the position as is, without making any judgement. Notice where pieces belong, which squares interrelate, notice secret passages that may be available like the diagonal shape along light squares d3-h7 (even though there may be no piece readily available to jump in on that.

2. Now let's consider the situation where you are entering critical position. You must still have a few extra minutes on the clock. In just the same way I described at the level of meditative perception, think of what the situation is like from a strategic and general perspective. You know how at times you realize you made 3-4 moves with the same piece (not necessarily whether it is good or bad), and now you may have the opportunity to trade the piece. Notice interesting phenomena. Recollect how you got to the position and what qualities the position represent. Is it middle game, is it an open position, notice what's interesting in the situation and how the situation may shape up in various creative ways.

Essentially, if you get anxious and intense as you get into tough calculation spots, all that means is you chose to play chess. There is no way you can avoid the stress and potentially taking objectively less effective decisions. Now, as you warm up your mind and lighten up the mood towards more creative vibes (whether you are the big bad attacker or the "miserable" defender.) A lot of times just taking a couple moments of meditative perception gives you a more resourceful perspective and makes you notice subtle details in the position, yourself, your opponent, and the environment.

3.. Now onto effective calculation as the moment brings you to that important decision along your tournament practice.

As Larry Christiansen suggests, look for the most violent forcing moves first. If you feel like two superheroes were fighting, imagine finding the kind of resources they would come up in both attacking and defending. Proactive approach is truly essential. You must know what your opponent is up to, as you are executing your winning plan.

If you feel like you got that winning move, then sure go ahead and play! At times the quick decision making approach may cost you an opportunity where your opponent may find a tough unexpected defense. All of a sudden you are not only instantly losing your attacking edge, but must reassess and potentially even look for a way to secure a draw.

The ultimate solution is certainly the tournament experience itself. In order to make sure you are honing on your skill, and most importantly keep getting better and better results, assess the opportunities and calculate deep! If the time is big consideration, whether yours or your opponent's, learn to be pragmatic and be ready to pull the trigger!

Hopefully this will get you on the right track towards more victories!

7 Best Games!

Posted by [email protected] on August 28, 2017 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

7 Victories in a row are very tough to accomplish. We must make sure that we are staying consistent with our practice so we can win every time!

                                                                                       Southend, UK

Converting the Edge in Imabalanced Material Situations

Deep Tactical Planning Executed Effortlessly

Expanding on our victories!

[Event "Atlantic Open"]

[White "Gareyev"]

[Black "Samuelson"]

[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A04"]

[Annotator "Gareyev,Timur"]

1. Nf3 c5 2. b3 Nc6 3. Bb2 d6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. e3 e6 (6... g6 7. Nxc6

(7. Be2 Bg7 8. c4 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. Nc3) 7... bxc6 8. Bxf6 exf6) (6... e5 7.

Nxc6 bxc6 8. c4 Be7) 7. c4 Be7 8. Nc3 (8. Be2 O-O) 8... O-O 9. Be2 Bd7 10. O-O

a6 11. Qd2 Qa5 12. Rfd1 Rfc8 13. Nd5 (13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. Nd5 Qxd2 15. Nxe7+ Kf8

16. Rxd2 Kxe7 17. f3 d5 18. cxd5 Nxd5 19. e4 Nf4 20. Bf1 f6 21. g3) 13... Qxd2

14. Nxe7+ Nxe7 15. Rxd2 d5 16. f3 dxc4 17. Bxc4 (17. bxc4) 17... b5 18. Bf1 Rc7

19. e4 Rac8 20. a4 e5 21. axb5 exd4 22. bxa6 (22. b6 Rc5 (22... Rc2 23. Rxc2

Rxc2 24. b7 Nc6 25. Bxd4) 23. Bxd4) 22... Nc6 (22... Rb8 23. Ba3 Nc8 24. Bc4)

23. Bxd4 Nxd4 24. Rxd4 Be6 25. b4 Nd7 26. b5 Kf8 27. Rxd7 Rxd7 28. b6 Rb8 29.

a7 Ra8 30. Bb5 Rb7 31. Bc6 Bc8 32. Bxb7 Bxb7 33. Rc1 (33. Rd1) 33... g5 34. Rc7

Ba6 35. e5 (35. b7 Bxb7 36. Rxb7 Kg7 37. Kf2 Kf6 38. Ke3 h5 39. Kd4 Rd8+ 40.

Kc5 Rc8+ 41. Kb6 Re8 42. Rb8 Re6+ 43. Kb5 Re5+ 44. Kb4) 35... Kg7 36. e6 Kf6

37. exf7 Ke6 38. b7 1-0


[Event "Atlantic Open"]

[White "Yu Jennifer"]

[Black "Gareyev Timur"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 g5 5. cxd5 (5. Nxg5 dxc4 6. Bxc4 Qa5+ 7. Bd2

Qxg5) 5... Bg7 (5... cxd5 6. Nxg5 Nc6 7. Nc3) 6. Nxg5 (6. dxc6 O-O) 6... O-O 7.

Nc3 b5 8. a3 (8. dxc6 b4 9. Nce4 Nxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxc6 11. Qc2 Qd5 (11... Bf5 12.

Qxc6 Rc8 13. Qb7 Rc7 14. Qxb4 Bxe4) 12. Bc4 Qh5) 8... Qb6 9. dxc6 (9. e4 h6 (

9... Bg4 10. f3 Bh5 11. g4 Bg6 12. h4 h5) 10. Nf3) 9... Nxc6 10. Bxb5 Bb7 11.

O-O Rad8 12. Qc2 Rd6 13. Bd3 Qa5 14. Bxh7+ Kh8 15. h4 e5 16. b4 Qd8 17. b5 (17.

dxe5 Nxe5) 17... exd4 18. bxc6 Rxc6 19. exd4 Qxd4 20. Bd2 Qxh4 21. Bf5 Rc5 22.

Qd3 Nh5 (22... Ng4 23. Bxg4 Rxg5 (23... Qxg4) 24. Bxg5 Qxg4 25. Qg3 (25. g3

Qxg3+) 25... Qxg3 26. fxg3 Bxc3 27. Bf6+) 23. Rac1 Bh6 24. Be3 (24. Qd6 Rc6 25.

Qe7) 24... Ra5 25. Qd4+ Qxd4 26. Bxd4+ Ng7 27. Be4 Ba6 28. Rfe1 (28. Nf3) 28...

Bxg5 29. Ra1 (29. Rb1 Rc8 30. g3 Bd2 31. Red1 Bxc3 32. Bxc3 Rxc3 33. Rd8+ Ne8

34. Rxe8+ Kg7 35. Re7 Bb5 (35... Bc8) 36. Re5 a6 37. Bb7 Kf6 38. Rh5) 29... Rc8

30. g3 Bd2 31. Red1 Bxc3 32. Bxc3 Rxc3 33. Rd8+ Ne8 34. Rxe8+ Kg7 35. a4 Bb5

36. Re5 a6 37. Bb7 Kf6 38. Rh5 Rxa4 39. Rxa4 Rc1+ 40. Kg2 Bxa4 41. Ra5 (41.

Bxa6 Bc6+ 42. f3 (42. Kh3 Bf3 43. Rh6+ (43. Kh4 Rh1#)) 42... Rc2+ 43. Kf1 (43.

Kh3) (43. Kg1 Bxf3 44. Rh4) 43... Bxf3 44. Ra5) 41... Bb5 42. g4 Rc5 43. f3 (

43. Ra3) (43. Ba8 Bc6+ 44. Bxc6 Rxa5) (43. Kg3 Rc3+ 44. f3) 43... Bf1+ 44. Kxf1

Rxa5 45. Ke2 Ke5 46. Ke3 Ra3+ 47. Kd2 Kf4 48. Kc2 a5 49. Kb2 Rxf3 50. Bxf3 Kxf3

51. Ka3 Kxg4 52. Ka4 f5 0-1

Fatal Synchronicity

[Event "Atlantic Open"]

[Date "2017.04.17"]

[White "Gareyev"]

[Black "Erenburg"]

[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. a4 e6 6. e4 Bb4 7. Bxc4 Nxe4 8. O-O

Nf6 (8... Nxc3 9. bxc3 Bxc3 10. Ba3 (10. Ra3) 10... Bxa1 11. Qxa1 Nd7 12. d5

cxd5 13. Bxd5 Qf6 14. Qc1 exd5 15. Re1+ Kd8 16. Be7+ (16. Qe3 Kc7 (16... Qe6

17. Qc3 Qf6 18. Qe3) 17. Be7) 16... Qxe7 17. Rxe7 Kxe7) 9. a5 O-O (9... Bxa5

10. Bg5 Nbd7 11. Ne4 Bc7 12. Qb3 O-O 13. Rae1 h6 14. Bh4 g5 15. Nfxg5 Nxe4 16.

Rxe4 hxg5 17. Rg4 f6 18. f4 Nb6 19. Qd3 Qe7 20. Bxg5 Qg7 21. h3 fxg5 22. Rxg5

Nxc4) 10. Qb3 Be7 (10... Bxa5 11. Bg5) 11. Re1 Nd5 (11... Nbd7 12. Bxe6 Ne5 13.

dxe5 Bxe6 14. exf6) 12. h4 Nd7 (12... Bxh4 13. Nxh4 Qxh4 14. Re4 Qd8 15. Rg4 f5

16. Rg3 Rf7 (16... Rf6) 17. Bg5 Qf8 18. Re1 Na6 19. Bxd5 exd5 20. Rge3 Bd7 21.

Qxb7 Qc8) 13. Bg5 Re8 14. Ne4 (14. Nxd5 exd5 15. a6 b6 16. Bxd5 cxd5 17. Qxd5

Rb8 18. Bf4) 14... f6 (14... h6 15. Bd2 Bxh4 16. Nd6) 15. Bd2 Nf8 16. h5 Rb8

17. h6 g6 (17... g5 18. Nfxg5 fxg5 19. Qg3 Qc7 20. Qg4 Ng6) 18. Nc3 Bd6 19. Ne4

Be7 (19... Bc7 20. Ne5) 20. Nc5 b6 21. axb6 axb6 (21... Qxb6 22. Qa4 Bxc5 23.

Ba5 (23. Bxd5)) 22. Ra7 Kh8 23. Bxd5 cxd5 (23... Qxd5 24. Qxd5 cxd5 25. Bf4

bxc5 26. Bxb8 cxd4 27. Rc1 Bd7 28. Bg3) 24. Bf4 Bd6 25. Bxd6 Qxd6 26. Ne5 fxe5

(26... Re7 27. Nf7+ Rxf7 28. Rxf7 e5 29. Qa3 Bf5 30. Qa7) 27. Qf3 Nd7 28. Rxd7

(28. Nxd7 Qe7 29. Qf6+ Kg8 30. Qxe7 Rxe7 31. Nf6+ Kf7 32. Rxe7+ Kxe7 33. dxe5

Bb7 34. Nxh7 Rh8 35. Rc1) 28... Qf8 29. Rf7 Qxh6 30. Qf6+ (30. Nd3 g5 31. Nxe5

Ba6 32. Ra7 Rf8 33. Nf7+) 30... Kg8 31. Nd3 Rf8 32. Nxe5 Rxf7 33. Qxf7+ Kh8 34.

Qe8+ Kg7 35. Qe7+ Kg8 36. Ng4 1-0

Let no one untrained in geometry enter

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2017 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (3513)

"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)

Posted by [email protected] on June 5, 2017 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (94)

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

Posted by [email protected] on April 13, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (108)

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"

Posted by [email protected] on April 8, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (73)

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

Posted by [email protected] on February 14, 2017 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (244)

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! 


Posted by [email protected] on January 22, 2017 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)


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!