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A knight to remember! Exeter hosts blindfold simul by GM Timur Gareyev
On 9 June, GM Timur Gareyev dropped in to Exeter (in south-west England) to perform an extraordinary display of mental agility – taking on ten local players at the same time whilst blindfolded.
The 28-year-old grandmaster, known in chess circles as the “Blindfold King”, won the contest by a margin of eight games to two, while simultaneously notching up over 20 miles on his trademark stationary bike. GM Gareyev scored impressive victories against Lorenz Hartmann, Brian Gosling, Alan Dean, Charlie Keen, Tom Morgan, Barbara Newcombe, Brian Aldwin, and Tom Miner – with five of the games lasting fewer than 25 moves. He was defeated by David Gunter and by John Morrison.
The special event, which was sponsored by Exeter Chess Club and hosted by Oxygen House, served as a warm-up to GM Gareyev’s blindfold chess world-record attempt in December 2016, in which he plans to take on 47 opponents simultaneously.
John Morrison, who
was awarded the
“best game” prize
for his victory,
simul was genuinely
the most incredible
chess event I’ve
ever witnessed. It
was like something
out of the twilight
Event organiser Tim Paulden, president of Exeter Chess Club, added: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to welcome GM Gareyev to Exeter. His display was nothing short of phenomenal, and we will all be cheering him on when he takes on the world-record in Prague this December.”
The ten games from the event are all available HERE.
Exeter Chess Club presents...
*BLITZ AT THE PITS*
A fun evening of fast chess, open to all (and free!)
7-10pm on Friday 8 July 2016, at the Pit-Stop Cafe
(25 Marsh Green Road East, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8PQ)
Venue website: www.pitstopcafeexeter.co.uk
[Arrive 6:45pm for a 7pm start. Plenty of parking available.]
Up to 40 places are available.
Two large balanced teams will be formed from the entrants, and you'll get to play two blitz games (20min/game)
plus two blitz "chess variants" (15min/game) against different opponents. Full details on the night!
Games will not go for grading.
Entry is free! You are encouraged to purchase refreshments from the venue (which are subsidised by Ł1 per entrant).
How to enter
All players from all Devon clubs (and beyond!) are welcome to play, but you must notify Brian Aldwin
in advance [before 1 July please] if you'd like to participate!
Brian's details are:
For those based in Exeter looking for a lift to the venue, shared transport will be available from
Heavitree Social Club to the Pit-Stop Cafe at 6:15pm (and back to HSC afterwards).
If you require a lift or would like to offer one, please mention this to Brian when you contact him.
We look forward to seeing you there for what should be a very fun evening of chess!