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Timur Gareyev
T Gareyev 
Number of games in database: 813
Years covered: 2000 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2606 (2631 rapid, 2658 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2682

Overall record: +268 -121 =199 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 225 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    A45 D00 A50 D02 A40
 Slav (38) 
    D15 D11 D10 D17 D18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D31 D37 D38 D35 D30
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E21 E34 E46 E47
 King's Indian (30) 
    E94 E73 E70 E76 E75
 English (30) 
    A15 A13 A14 A10 A11
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C78 C77 C63 C95 C92
 Sicilian (53) 
    B31 B56 B62 B53 B73
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    E00 A46 A41 A45 D02
 Queen's Indian (18) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14
 Reti System (15) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C95 C92 C97 C99 C84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T Gareyev vs Dominguez Perez, 2019 1-0
   El Dorado vs T Gareyev, 2016 0-1
   T Brownscombe vs T Gareyev, 2016 0-1
   T Gareyev vs Sevian, 2015 1-0
   Gelfand vs T Gareyev, 2019 0-1
   K Sek vs T Gareyev, 2019 0-1
   A Kim vs T Gareyev, 2019 0-1
   Tyler Scott vs T Gareyev, 2016 0-1
   T Gareyev vs Shabalov, 2017 1-0
   T Gareyev vs R Yankovsky, 2012 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   39th World Open (2011)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   National Open (2012)
   112th US Open (2011)
   United States Championship (2013)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2019)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   Moscow Open (2007)
   Chigorin Memorial (2018)
   Cappelle la Grande (2007)
   Chigorin Memorial (2019)
   St. Petersburg Open (2003)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   World Cup (2021)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   M Petrosyan vs T Gareyev (Dec-30-21) 1-0, blitz
   T Gareyev vs R Jumabayev (Dec-30-21) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   T Gareyev vs S Gumularz (Dec-30-21) 1-0, blitz
   J Kosakowski vs T Gareyev (Dec-30-21) 0-1, blitz
   A Timofeev vs T Gareyev (Dec-30-21) 1-0, blitz

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(born Mar-03-1988, 34 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 Calvia Olympiad (2004) in Calvia de Mallorca, Spain and on board 3 at the Turin 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 Evgeny 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 37th 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 Championship (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: 2021-07-16 10:41:34

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 811  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Szoen vs T Gareyev  0-1472000Artek ol U16C00 French Defense
2. T Gareyev vs D Petrosian  0-1312000Artek ol U16A56 Benoni Defense
3. Louis Havenga vs T Gareyev  0-1422000Artek ol U16B20 Sicilian
4. M Sulashvili vs T Gareyev  ½-½272000Artek ol U16C01 French, Exchange
5. Hamoon Tahmasedi vs T Gareyev  ½-½362000Artek ol U16C01 French, Exchange
6. T Gareyev vs M Abdullaev  1-0332000Artek ol U16A61 Benoni
7. S Porat vs T Gareyev  1-0492000Artek ol U16A80 Dutch
8. T Gareyev vs B Vioreanu  0-1332000Artek ol U16D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. T Batchuluun vs T Gareyev  ½-½362001WYB14D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. Predojevic vs T Gareyev  1-0282001WYB14B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
11. T Gareyev vs G Jones  0-1492001WYB14A57 Benko Gambit
12. T Gareyev vs A Iljin  1-02820024th Stage Russian CupE12 Queen's Indian
13. V Popov vs T Gareyev  1-06020024th Stage Russian CupD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. T Gareyev vs A Yashtylov  ½-½472002RUS-Cup04D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. V Akhmadeev vs T Gareyev  ½-½602002RUS-Cup04B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. T Gareyev vs A Krishilovsky  1-0442002RUS-Cup04A57 Benko Gambit
17. V Grebionkin vs T Gareyev  1-06320024th Stage Russian CupD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. T Gareyev vs T Kosintseva  0-1322002RUS-Cup04A81 Dutch
19. A Kondenko vs T Gareyev  0-1282002RUS-Cup04B89 Sicilian
20. T Gareyev vs A Sidorov  ½-½432002RUS-Cup04E12 Queen's Indian
21. T Gareyev vs C H N Ong  1-0472002World ol U16D07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
22. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs T Gareyev  1-0592002World ol U16B30 Sicilian
23. Karjakin vs T Gareyev  1-0412002WY olB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. T Gareyev vs Zhao Jun  ½-½422002World ol U16A55 Old Indian, Main line
25. Jin Hai Jonathan Chuah vs T Gareyev  0-1582002World ol U16B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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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:

Dec-09-15  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.

Dec-09-15  zanzibar: <TheFocus> I'd like to see the evidence!

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

Dec-09-15  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.

Dec-09-15  zanzibar: Ha! I did a image search on google...

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

Dec-09-15  TheFocus: <zanzibar> Yep, that's me. Back when I had hair.
Dec-09-15  zanzibar: Hair today, gone tomorrow.
Mar-03-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Timur Gareev.
Oct-24-16  maelith:
Mar-06-17  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.

click for larger view

Oct-14-17  PhilFeeley: The bio above needs to be updated to reflect the blindfold record:

Oct-15-17  PhilFeeley: Also here:
Dec-22-17  waustad: He is now leading in the Bhopal International GM tournament. Results and many games are available via The most striking thing about the tournament is how many titled players are losing to young Indian players. There are GMs losing to U14 players rated over 500 elo less.
Dec-23-17  waustad: Here is a link to the site mentioned in the previous post. Such things are more complicated when using a tablet, as I was earlier:
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  Penguincw: Blindfold chess is one thing. How about doing some cycling as well?

Dec-28-18  PhilFeeley: <zanzibar: Hair today, gone tomorrow.> NO, no, no! It's "hare today, goon tomorrow." Don't you know the story of little rabbit Frufru?
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  Penguincw: Gareyev back at it with blindfold and biking chess!

Scored +8,-1,=3.

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  Penguincw: And Happy Birthday to this blindfold chess king!
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  Sargon: <PhilFeeley: [...] <zanzibar: Hair today, gone tomorrow.>

NO, no, no! It's "hare today, goon tomorrow."

Don't you know the story of little rabbit Frufru?>

Isn't he the one who chases all the field mice and bops them on the head?

Mar-20-19  zanzibar: <<Sargon> Isn't he the one who chases all the field mice and bops them on the head?>


Mar-20-19  zanzibar: Too bad we can't use this photo of him:

(Or can we? <CG> could try to get permission)

(Chessbase uses Gareyev too)

The video's kinda fun, they actually pull off the handoff.

Mar-28-19  offramp: When he first moved to the States he spelt his name in the same way as Evgeny Ilgizovich Bareev, i.e. Gareev.

I'll bet a lot of people pronounced it to rhyme with <believe>, and he therefore introduced the <Y> into the middle.

In fact, that is how I am going to pronounce <Bareev> in future, should the occasion ever arise when I am required to utter that name out loud.

<Harken to the wisdom of Bareev:
"'Tis better to give than to receive!">

Mar-28-19  zanzibar: <<off> I'll bet a lot of people pronounced it to rhyme with <believe>, and he therefore introduced the <Y> into the middle.>

I'd be interested if he ever talked about the change.

His 2004 GM title certificate uses Gareev:


May-11-22  Albertan: Timur Gareyev wins XV Americas Individual Championship:

Congratulations GM Gareyev!!

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