Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Blackmar-Diemer Blindfold King

Timur Gareyev has amazing talent for seeing tactical threats when he cannot look at the board. The Blindfold King as GM Gareyev calls himself set a blindfold simultaneous exhibition record. Gareyev played 48 opponents at the same time on December 4, 2016 at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Gareyev plays a wide variety of first moves. These vastly different positions may help Gareyev remember the games individually. He began below with Queens Knight Attack 1.Nc3. The players transposed the opening into the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.

Judkins chose the excellent and completely sound 5…Bf5 Gunderam Variation. After the standard continuation 6.Ne5 e6 7.g4, Black played 7...Be4 instead of 7...Ne4 or 7...Bg6. Now White has good chances with 8.Nxe4! but White opted for 8.Rg1?! This gave Black a significant advantage. The grandmaster survived and found a way to draw.

My new book Blackmar-Diemer Puzzles is a BDG overview has 200 diagrams for you to test your knowledge and skill. Most positions come from games of less than 15 moves. BDG Gunderam 7...Be4 is section 4.7 in my Blackmar-Diemer Games 1 and my Blackmar-Diemer Theory 3 books. The Chess Training Repertoire that I send this week covers the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit Gunderam 7...Be4 line from both sides. That email goes out only to those signed up my list by 11:45 AM Eastern time each Thursday. Every week is different. This week is a rare BDG.

Gareyev (2618) - Judkins, Gareyev Blindfold Simul Las Vegas USA (1.5), 03.12.2016 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.f3 exf3 4.Nxf3 Nf6 5.d4 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.g4 Be4 8.Rg1 Bb4 9.g5 Nd5 10.Bd2 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bd6 12.Qe2 Bxc2 13.Bh3 Bxe5 14.Qxe5 0-0 15.Bg2 Nd7 16.Qb5 [16.Qa5 c6-+] 16...Rb8 17.Bf4 Nb6 [17...e5-+] 18.Qe2 Bg6 19.h4 Nd5 20.Bd2 Qd6 21.h5 Qg3+ 22.Qf2 Qxf2+ 23.Kxf2 Bxh5 24.c4 Nb6 25.Rgc1 Rfd8 [25...f6-/+] 26.Be3 Bg6 27.a4 Rd7 28.a5 Nc8 29.d5 exd5 30.cxd5 Ne7 31.Bxa7 Re8 [31...Ra8-/+] 32.Re1 Red8 33.d6 cxd6 34.Rac1 Kf8? [34...d5=/+] 35.Bb6 Ra8 36.Rc7 Rxc7 37.Bxc7 d5 38.Bd6 Be4 39.Bxe4 dxe4 40.Rxe4 Re8 41.Rd4? [41.Ba3! f6 42.gxf6 gxf6 43.Rb4=] 41...Rd8 42.Kf3 [42.Bxe7+ Kxe7 43.Rb4 Rd7 44.Ke3 f5 45.Rb6 g6-/+] 42...Ke8 43.Ke4 Nc6 44.Rd5 Nxa5 45.Re5+ Kd7 46.Bb4 Nc6 47.Rb5 Kc7 [Black could try to win with 47...Re8+ 48.Kf4 Nd8 49.Kg4 Re4+ 50.Kf3 Rc4 51.Rd5+ Ke8 52.Bd2 Ne6 53.Be3 Nc7 54.Rd2 b5-+] 48.Bc3 h5 49.Bxg7 1/2-1/2


  1. A remarkable accomplishment --- that record should hold for quite some time.

  2. Yes, it would be hard for anyone else to break his record.


Now in Kindle and paperback

Blog Archive