With a score of 38.5-9.5, GM Timur Gareev finished his 48-board blindfold simul successfully, setting a new world record in the process. That's a remarkable feat, but I wonder how long the record will last - perhaps previous record-holder Marc Lang will try to one-up him, and then vice-versa? We'll see; for now, you find a brief report on the event, and the games, here.
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Timur Gareev is attempting a blindfold world record, playing 48 games simultaneously sans voir. 48! So far, it looks like his score is 16.5-4.5, and the remaining 27 games can be seen here.
UPDATE and a correction: His score is currently 19.5-3.5.
Timur Gareyev will attempt a blindfold simultaneous record of 47 boards next month, and some neuroscientists have taken note. According to this article (HT: Marc Beishon), Gareyev's score on some standard memory texts was completely unexceptional (contrary to popular myths about chess players having fantastic memories), but the interconnectedness of his frontoparietal control network and the extent to which his brain's visual network connects to other brain regions were both far above average.
Apparently there are more details yet to come, so if any readers spot something, please let us know.
Later this year Timur Gareyev will try to break Marc Lang's record for the most blindfold games played simultaneously (Lang's record is 46; Gareyev will try to outdo this by one), but how will he fare from an aesthetic standpoint? In my current column I take a look at several of Alexander Alekhine's nicest blindfold efforts, each of which made it into his Best Games collection.
And that's just a warmup; U.S. GM Timur Gareev intends to go for a 64-board blindfold simul by the end of the year! That would be a world record, but 33 boards is already hugely impressive in its own right. This will take place tomorrow at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.
More info here.