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Timur Gareyev
Number of games in database: 249
Years covered: 2001 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2609 (2615 rapid, 2624 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2682

Overall record: +84 -41 =63 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 61 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    A45 E10 A40 D00 D02
 Slav (12) 
    D10 D11 D15 D16 D13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D31 D39 D35 D30 D38
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D85 D78 D80 D90 D70
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D43 D45 D44 D46
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E12 E15 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C78 C63 C95 C77 C97
 Sicilian (14) 
    B31 B47 B75 B27 B25
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 A46 A41 A50 D02
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C95 C97 C93 C91 C84
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E21 E44 E20 E24
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E15 E17 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T Gareyev vs R Yankovsky, 2012 1-0
   T Gareyev vs Van Wely, 2011 1-0
   M Sagafos vs T Gareyev, 2007 0-1
   T Gareyev vs G Guseinov, 2006 1/2-1/2
   T Gareyev vs Shabalov, 2012 1-0
   B Cheng vs T Gareyev, 2012 0-1
   T Gareyev vs S Sevian, 2015 1-0
   T Gareyev vs Toby Boas, 2011 1-0
   T Gareyev vs G Battaglini, 2011 1-0
   T Gareyev vs Robson, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   112th US Open (2011)
   National Open (2012)
   39th World Open (2011)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   US Championship (2014)
   Moscow Open (2007)
   Cappelle la Grande (2007)
   World Open (2009)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   It (open) St. Petersburg 300 (2003)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)

   Zhou Jianchao vs T Gareyev (Feb-26-17) 1-0
   J Xiong vs T Gareyev (Feb-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   T Gareyev vs A Shimanov (Feb-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs T Gareyev (Feb-24-17) 1-0
   T Gareyev vs O Ganbold (Feb-24-17) 1-0

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(born Mar-03-1988, 29 years old) Uzbekistan (federation/nationality United States of America)

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FM (2002); GM (2004)

Timur Gareev received his GM title when he was 16, and was at that time the youngest Asian GM. He is now one of North America’s top players. He studied in the USA, and registered with the USCF, eventually settling in Austin, Texas. He graduated with a BA degree in Business Marketing from the University of Texas at Brownsville. He is also a leading proponent of blindfold simultaneous chess.


<Age and national> In 2001 he competed in the World U14 Championship, scoring 6/11. In 2004, Gareev finished =2nd at the Uzbekistan Championship and competed in the World Junior Championship, scoring 7/13. In 2005, he was =1st with Anton Filippov at the category 7 round robin Uzbekistani Championship scoring 8/10, and in the 2007 edition of the event, he tied for first with Vladimir Egin and Filippov.

<World> Gareev’s first and so far only tilt at the open World Championship cycle came in late 2007, when he placed 3rd at the Zonal Championship Zone 3.6 with 7.5/11.

Team events

<Olympiad> Gareev played for Uzbekistan in the 2000 Children’s Olympiad, in the U16 Olympiads in 2002 and 2004, and in the U18 Olympiad in 2004. In the U16 Olympiads he scored two individual bronzes playing boards 2 and 1 respectively, and helped Uzbekistan to a team bronze in 2004. He also played for Uzbekistan on 1st reserve in the 36th Olympiad (2004) in Calvia de Mallorca, Spain and on board 3 at the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) in Turin, Italy where he placed 5th for his board.

<Continental> He played top board for Uzbekistan at the 2008 Asian Team Championships placing 4th for his board, and helping his team to 4th place.

<College> Gareev was a part of the University of Texas at Brownsville's (UTB) chess team from August 2005 to August 2006 & August 2009 to December 2011 where he helped the university obtain its first national championship along with other collegiate honors.

Standard Tournaments

In the three months rating period to 1 October 2002, Gareev accumulated a massive 240 rating points with his results in the Astana International in 2002, the A. Druzhinin Memorial International, the 2002 Samara Open and the U16 Olympiad in Kuala Lumpur, leaping from 2191 to 2431. In February 2003, he was 2nd at Kemerovo 2003 behind Evgeni Egorov and won the Chigorin Memorial in 2003 and the 6th Young Cup 3rd Stage GM-A with 14.5/19 in late 2003. In April 2004 he won the powerful Vasylyshyn Memorial 2004 with a commanding score of 12/15. In February 2006, he was =2nd behind Lazaro Bruzon Batista at the Gran Abierto held in Morelia in Mexico. In March 2007, he scored 6.5/9 at the massive Cappelle la Grande (2007), a half point from the lead and placing 7th-27th. His first FIDE rated tournament in the US was the New England Masters held on Rhode Island in 2008, where he placed 2nd behind Sergey Erenburg with 7/9. There followed a series of tournaments in North America that gradually built Gareev’s career, enhancing his rating and ranking. Chief amongst his results were =3rd at the World Open (2009) behind Gata Kamsky and Varuzhan Akobian, =1st the 75th Annual Southwest Open in Fort Worth, Texas, winning the UWI Masters 2010 in Jamaica, 1st at the 20th Annual Chicago Open, 1st at the 2010 Copper State International Round Robin tournament, 1st at the 11th Metropolitan FIDE Invitational tournament and 1st at the 2nd Metropolitan FIDE International. He also won the North American Open 2012, tied for third in the US Chess Championships (2013) and was equal first in the 23rd Annual North American Open (2013).

In August 2014, he won the 36th Annual Southern California Open and the following month placed =5th at the Millionaire Chess (2014) behind the four finalists who contested the rapid game playoff to decide the top prizes.

Simultaneous blindfold

Gareev's simultaneous blindfold chess record includes a 19-game blindfold simul in Cypress, Texas in September 2012, a 27-game simul in Hawaii Dec 2012 and a 33-game match in St Louis, May 2013. "It is part of Timur's preparation to set a new blindfold simul world record of 64 boards before the end of 2013. The date for the record-breaking simul was tentatively set for December 21 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu." (1) However, this event did not appear to have occurred.

Ratings and rankings

Gareev's highest rating to date was 2682 in Feb 2013, when he was ranked #68 in the world, his highest ranking to date.

Wikipedia article: Timur Gareev; (1) , (2) (3) (podcast with Ben Johnson).

Last updated: 2017-04-20 11:27:43

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 249  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Batchuluun vs T Gareyev  ½-½36 2001 WYB14D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. B Predojevic vs T Gareyev  1-028 2001 WYB14B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
3. T Gareyev vs G Jones  0-149 2001 WYB14A57 Benko Gambit
4. T Gareyev vs A Iljin  1-028 2002 4th Stage Russian CupE12 Queen's Indian
5. V Popov vs T Gareyev  1-060 2002 4th Stage Russian CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. V Grebionkin vs T Gareyev  1-063 2002 4th Stage Russian CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Karjakin vs T Gareyev  1-041 2002 WY olB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
8. T Gareyev vs P Kotsur  ½-½71 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
9. Areshchenko vs T Gareyev 1-095 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300C45 Scotch Game
10. A Lukashuk vs T Gareyev  0-130 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
11. T Gareyev vs V Malaniuk  1-052 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
12. T Gareyev vs M Sorokin  ½-½35 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. I Zakharevich vs T Gareyev  0-130 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300E97 King's Indian
14. T Gareyev vs E Shaposhnikov  0-156 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300E12 Queen's Indian
15. T Gareyev vs V A Loginov  ½-½50 2003 It (open) St. Petersburg 300E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. T Gareyev vs C Martinez 1-026 2004 36th OlympiadD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Z Naciri vs T Gareyev 0-161 2004 36th OlympiadA43 Old Benoni
18. A Minasian vs T Gareyev  0-143 2004 36th OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
19. T Gareyev vs A Zhigalko  1-043 2004 36th OlympiadE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. T Gareyev vs I Novikov  ½-½23 2004 36th OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. W Arencibia vs T Gareyev  ½-½39 2004 36th OlympiadA48 King's Indian
22. T Gareyev vs P Gnusarev  ½-½69 2004 36th OlympiadE15 Queen's Indian
23. Nijboer vs T Gareyev 0-126 2004 36th OlympiadC78 Ruy Lopez
24. V Babula vs T Gareyev  ½-½43 2004 36th OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. Zhao Zong-Yuan vs T Gareyev  1-056 2004 36th OlympiadE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
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  twinlark: I'm surprised that a US Grandmaster of the strength of Gareev has less than one page of kibitzing.

I've updated his bio so if anyone has anything to add or amend (supported by reliable sources), please let me know at my forum or leave a message at Biographer Bistro.

Oct-13-13  savagerules: This guy is going to try to break the blindfold simul record soon. I think it's like 50 boards or something. Pretty amazing but I imagine incredibly tiring. He did a blindfold simul before one tournament recently and then played poorly the rest of the tourney probably due to long lasting fatigue caused by playing the blindfold simul.
Nov-02-13  RedShield: <Chess Grandmaster Takes On 10 Jail Inmates Blindfolded, And Wins>

Feb-19-14  capafischer1: This guy showed up at recession buster tournament in san diego wearing pajamas with cartoon characters and dress shoes. He would also eat standing up in front of his opponents. A very strange character. Now I understand why FIDE is enforcing dress code. He was the highest rated player in the 6 round event by 100 points. He gave up 3 draws and came in 2nd.
Feb-19-14  capafischer1: He also dropped 37 points in fide rating ever since he moved to USA in about a year playing in swiss tournaments. That is a significant drop from 2682 rating in a short time.
Feb-19-14  dx9293: <capafischer> As an American player I hate to say this, but when strong foreign GMs start playing in the US and change their federation to USA, one could place a bet that their best chess is behind them. I can only think of Onischuk and to some degree Shulman who managed to buck this trend.
May-14-14  SugarDom: Caps. They do that deliberately in the USA
Some smart guys here can explain to you.
May-18-14  capafischer1: Gareev continues his disastrous performance in us championship too with 4 losses. Perhaps he is doing that on purpose too because he hates to win more money. Btw with all the travel costs and hotel and food fees gareev is hardly winning any money and his chess is getting worse Sugardom. Maybe some smart guy can explain it better for you.
May-19-14  capafischer1: By the way grandmasters do not need to sandbag . Those points are very hard to come by. That strategy only works for below experts. I hope that cleared it up for you.
Sep-04-14  waustad: He must be impressed by what the journalist wrote here:

It must be news to him that he's the #4 rated player in the world ;-)

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  perfidious: <waustad> Some have more talent than others, y'know.
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  bubuli55: How difficult is it to have a picture profile of the top 120 players?


Apr-06-15  schweigzwang: Yeah, Timur is a cutie.
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  hansj: GM Timur Gareev's blindfold website
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  MissScarlett: <Shortly after time control I went into the tank trying to figure out the winning plan. As I was contemplating, GM Kevin Spraggett playing on board 2 ended up getting lucky and won his game vs a local International Master. Spraggett initiated a lively verbal analysis with his opponent despite a few games going around him. Realizing that this may continue for awhile, I reached and tapped on Kevin/^s table to indicate they must be quite. That did not please Kevin who called arbiter and continued talking. As I looked at Kevin a moment later he shouted (+)you can/^t even talk to me, shut your face![+] I responded letting him know he needs to be quite and leave the room. The unpleasant interaction certainly affected my play. I continued to take lots of time but did not find the correct resource...


In round eight I played and won against GM Kevin Spraggett from Canada, a former World Championship Candidate. [...]

After the game, Spraggett congratulated me and apologized for what had happened between us earlier. I did not take the incident personally and took the opportunity to get to know Kevin after the tourney concluded.


However, my luck ended when I enjoyed the festive atmosphere downtown where I wanted to celebrate my tournament victory. Somehow and for whatever reason a group of gypsies decided they did not like me. Suddenly, and with people all around me, I had to defend against a gang of people attacking me. I managed to escape the first attack in a reasonable good condition but later, when I left downtown, the gang caught up with me again and this time things became much worse…

The following day I woke up in the local hospital. I was able to function just fine but all of a sudden looked unusually “pretty”.>

Add him to the file: Artur Yusupov

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  MissScarlett: I wasn't aware of Gareev's remarkable blindfold exploits, but permit me to use the occasion to deplore the prevailing dress standards in our game. The players are bad enough, but the general public, oh, it's indescribable...

Look at this CLASSic picture taken at Alekhine's world record 28 board blindfold display in Paris in 1925:

Compare and contrast with this shot of Gareev's opponents in his 33-board display in St. Louis:

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  TheFocus: I agree <Miss Scarlett>. I always wore a suit and tie when I played, but my opponents sometimes looked like they had dressed in the dark, simply reaching into the clothes hamper and putting on their dirtiest shirt.

Then there were the ones who would wear their pajamas, or have their side set up with teddy bears (Thanks, Judit). I mean, for crying out loud, grown men with teddy bears?

Bad clothing, bad teeth, smelling like they were not familiar with soap and water; chess players are disgusting.

No wonder most of them sit at home in the dark, staring at porn on their computers.

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  zanzibar: <TheFocus> I'd like to see the evidence!

Where can I find a picture of you at the board?

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  TheFocus: <zanzibar> <Where can I find a picture of you at the board?>

Well, there was one picture on the Hawaii chess website, but it is no longer there.

It was taken right before I made my piece sacrifice that netted me an extra Pawn. Easy peasy win after that.

Old Indian. I was playing Black.

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  zanzibar: Ha! I did a image search on google...

not quite certain, but I think you're the younger of these two players:

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  TheFocus: <zanzibar> Yep, that's me. Back when I had hair.
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  zanzibar: Hair today, gone tomorrow.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Timur Gareev.
Oct-24-16  maelith:
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  Sally Simpson: The link above gives Timur playing 64 Blidfold game.

The record for Blindfold Checkers is 25 games set in 2007 by the Dutch Checkers Grand Master Ton Teunsis Sijbrands.

BCM in January 1985 said Pillsbury tried multiple games at Blindfold Checkers and failed. Their explanation is that the uniformity of the ’draughtsmen’ makes it hard to reach distinctive positions. That got me thinking. (I’m always thinking.)

Why not get in touch with Timur Gareyev and tell him to have a go at the Checkers Blindfold record. (assuming of course Timur can play Checkers) and he thinks of Chess pieces instead of Checker pieces or Draughtsmen.

If he thinks of 12 Knights for each side it should not be too difficult for him.

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