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GM Gareev Training to Break Blindfold World Record on Chess.com!

  • IM DanielRensch
  • on 08/01/13 16:15.

Starting on January 16, 2013, Grandmaster Timur Gareev will compete against Chess.com members in a unique bi-weekly event: He will attempt to break the world record for total number of boards played in a Blindfold Simultaneous match at the end of the calendar year, and he will use our Live Chess server as the arena to prepare himself!

To help him achieve this amazing goal, Chess.com has developed an invisible chess set, which we are releasing for use by ALL members in Live Chess within the week! In "Blindfold Mode," Timur will be able to view only the move lists of each game: He will have no visual indication of the pieces on the board.

To complete a move, he will have to click the square of the piece he intends to move, and then click the target square. The time controls for the simul are rapid: 25 minutes, with a 30-second increment - and not being able to see the pieces will increase the level of difficulty tenfold (ten games each simul)! 

On game day, Timur will open up for challenges at 2:00pm Pacific, 5:00pm Eastern - and members will have an opportunity to compete against him on a first-come / first-served basis. (Unlike Timur, these lucky members will, of course, be able to see all the pieces during their game!)

Chess.com will have live coverage of the first event on Chess.com/tv - with commentary by IM Daniel Rensch, as well as pre- and post-match interviews with GM Gareev. Though the format of each bi-weekly simul is still a "work in progress", Chess.com intends to have live webcam footage of Timur as he plays each Simul on Chess.com/tv. The first four dates have already been set and can be found on the Chess.com/tv schedule page!

In addition to actually playing the simul, Grandmaster Gareev will offer a "video lecture recap" of each exhibition match, reviewing the games to highlight the critical and instructional moments for our members. 

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  • 20 mesi fa

    geographybuff

    Note that he is training for the world record, not just attempting it here.

  • 20 mesi fa

    offtherook

    Access to the move lists nullifies this as a world record attempt, at least the way Guinness defines it. And being able to view a board (even an empty board) does not, to me, qualify as blindfold chess in the strictest sense.

  • 20 mesi fa

    RookedOnChess

    Chess.com just keeps getting more and more exciting :D

  • 20 mesi fa

    iroda

    GAREEM TEMUR FROM UZBEKISTAN

  • 20 mesi fa

    iroda

    temur uzbekskiy shaxmatist dannoe vremya on igraet za sbornuyu USA

  • 20 mesi fa

    drumdaddy

    This will be fun, but will Chess.com pick up the pieces if his head explodes? 

  • 20 mesi fa

    maxpete

    I'd love to play blindfold against other players, I'm sure it would be fun, especially to see the game after, and all the blunders.

  • 20 mesi fa

    IM Kacparov

    If I would get a chance to play, I would also prefer to play blindfolded. Otherwise it would be a bit of a one-sided game...

  • 20 mesi fa

    Caliphigia

    Will the members have the choice to play blinfold against GM Gareev if they wish?

  • 20 mesi fa

    MSC157

    What's this time in CET? :D

  • 20 mesi fa

    nyLsel

    Cool :D

  • 20 mesi fa

    dpakoh

    finally this feature will be implemented. it took you some time :)

  • 20 mesi fa

    FilipinoChess

    I have some reservations about blindfold chess ability. Here's why. What if you are a many times world blindfold chess champion but continuesly fail to become world champion playing with eyes wide open looking at the chessboard? That's laughable isn't it? Laughing

  • 20 mesi fa

    dunce

    @pianoman4: Yes, for chess world record attempts there is a minimum win percentage. I think it's 70%, but I could easily be wrong.

  • 20 mesi fa

    dunce

    'Blindfold mode' has long been a regular feature of Live Chess, Tactics Trainer, and especially the Daily Puzzle. What's new?

  • 20 mesi fa

    beardogjones

    Are the invisible pieces edible?

  • 20 mesi fa

    iliketosneeze

    i want to vs a gm :)

  • 20 mesi fa

    NM NoRematch

    I'll keep an eye closed for this fortnightly event.  Wink

  • 20 mesi fa

    sean42

    Do the rules in blindfold matches and simuls usually allow the blindfolded players to see the moves list?  Or are they just told the last move?  I think in the few exhibitions, the last move was just communicated verbally, but those were one-on-one matches.   It would make sense to me in the case of a simul to allow the blindfold player to review the move list given the difficulty, but it didn't occur to me that it might be standard practice to give the player this privilege. 

    And Danny, you are wrong.  Nothing can beat the Big Show.  Please bring it back!!!  

  • 20 mesi fa

    NM Petrosianic

    time control is for both sides? Surprised 10 games is hard enough even with 30 s increment right danny? Innocent

    and will you introduce blindfold as a chess varaint?

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