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Bhopal 2017 Round 7: Gareyev impresses one and all!

by Sagar Shah - 26/12/2017

Seven rounds have been completed at the Bhopal International 2017. GM Timur Gareyev is the sole leader with 6.5/7. He beat GM Alberto David. Timur is closely followed by seven other players on 6.0/7. They include Rozum, Khusenkhojaev, Sangma, Girish Kaushik, Himanshu Sharma, Yeoh Li Tian and Tran Tuan Minh. The tournament is spicing up and we have last three crucial rounds remaining to be played. However, the leader, Timur Gareyev isn't really interested in the standings, He gave a three hour blindfold clock simul to local kids! What a great spectacle it was! We bring you all he details, pictures and videos!

Timur Gareyev is all over the city of Bhopal! When I first heard about Timur, I was intrigued by his achievements. When I saw him in the videos a few months ago, I took him for an eccentric man who seemed to have a crazy view of things happening around him. He calls himself the blindfold king, he must be arrogant I thought to myself. When I met Gareyev in Bhopal, I would say my opinions were turned 180 degrees. In front of me was a man who gave utmost respect to the game of chess. He knew how to live his life kingsize and he always wants to help people! Seeing him I could only think of one thing - Bhopal International GM 2017 could not have got a better top seed than Timur Gareyev.

Timur Gareyev faced Alberto David in the seventh round on the top board | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The game began as a closed Ruy Lopez variation. It was round about even until some point, but then Alberto started to make some imperceptible errors. Timur was in sublime form as he found one good move after another. He finished the game with a flourish when he found a nice little combination.

White has just moved his knight to b1 to attack the rook on c3. What should Black play?

Timur found the move Rxh3! The rook cannot be taken as then Rg6+ would be curtains. But with Rg6 coming up anyway, it was all over for White. Very soon David Alberto resigned.

Thus Timur has the sole lead of half point over the entire field with 6.5/7. But he cannot afford to relax as he has a pack of seven players on 6.0/7. 

On board two Ivan Rozum and Muhammad Khusenkhojaev's game ended in a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Girish Koushik is playing fine chess and held Nguyen Duc Hoa to a draw | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Rahul Sangma has excellent chances to achieve his second GM norm after he beat IM Aleksander Wohl in the seventh round | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Results of round 7

Bo.No. NameTypFEDRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypFEDRtg No.
14GMDavid AlbertoITA25710 - 1GMGareyev TimurUSA26061
22GMRozum IvanRUS2595½ - ½IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK245110
312IMGirish A. KoushikIND2412½ - ½5GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE25047
416FMErigaisi ArjunU15IND23595½ - ½5GMAtalik SuatTUR25455
56GMTran Tuan MinhVIE254451 - 05Moksh Amit DoshiU15IND233719
68IMYeoh Li TianMAS248051 - 05IMRathnakaran K.IND230725
720IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra PrasadIND233450 - 15GMHimanshu SharmaIND24699
814IMWohl Aleksandar H.AUS237050 - 15IMSangma RahulIND231124
944Patil PratikIND21995½ - ½5CMGukesh DU11IND236215
1048CMKushagra MohanU13IND21740 - 1GMTukhaev AdamUKR25753

 

Rank after Round 7

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11
GMGareyev TimurUSA2606USA6,50,030,033,530,506,0
22
GMRozum IvanRUS2595Russia6,00,031,034,528,255,0
310
IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK2451Tajikistan6,00,029,533,528,505,0
48
IMYeoh Li TianMAS2480Malaysia6,00,028,532,027,005,0
524
IMSangma RahulIND2311Delhi6,00,028,531,525,755,0
69
GMHimanshu SharmaIND2469Haryana6,00,028,032,027,006,0
712
IMGirish A. KoushikIND2412Karnataka6,00,027,030,525,505,0
86
GMTran Tuan MinhVIE2544Vietnam6,00,025,529,025,006,0
97
GMNguyen Duc HoaVIE2504Vietnam5,50,032,035,027,004,0
104
GMDavid AlbertoITA2571Italy5,50,030,034,024,755,0

Replay games of round 7:

Timur Gareyev's blindfold spectacle!

After the seventh round Timur Gareyev agreed to play ten kids from a local chess academy in a blindfold clock simul! Of course, for Gareyev playing ten players is no big deal. He holds the Guinness World Record for playing 48 opponents. Yet, this was a clock simul and to do it in between a tournament that he was playing is simply mind-boggling. Gareyev is leading the tournament with 6.5/7, but for him promoting chess is much more important than finishing first. When the simul began, the number of players increased to 11.

Timur Gareyev giving the blindfold clock simul on his stationary bicycle. According to him, it helps him maintain the flow and rhythm | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Arbiter Ananth Babu ensured that all the games were shown live to the viewers online | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Timur's room mate David Bennett made the moves that were announced by Gareyev. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Players couldn't sustain for long! Timur scored 10.5/11. Only player to hold the draw was... | Photo: Amruta Mokal

...Anshul Saxena, son of the Secretary of MPCA Kapil Saxena | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Timur being congratulated by Abha Saxena, wife of Kapil Saxena | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Opponents of Timur Gareyev after the battle! | Photo: Amruta Mokal
This video gives you the feel of the entire clock blindfold simul

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A musical evening was arranged by the organizers. Niklesh Jain hosts the show. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Sunil Soni from Indore was the first singer! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The day also say a ChessBase seminar conducted by yours truly! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Replay all the games of the blindfold clock simul: