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Blindfold challenge

On 9 June (Saturday) 2018 at Metropolitan YMCA (Palm Room), we will host an attractive side event: a two-game blindfold chess match between GM Timur Gareyev (sans sight of the board), the top seed of the event and holder of the current world record in simultaneous blindfold play, and NM Olimpiu G. Urcan, a Singapore-based historian and author. The games are played at a rate of 25 minutes and 10-second increment per player and will start at 4:00 pm.

Additionally, special guests will be selected to attend the match based on their answers to the quiz below. The first 12 successful candidates who submit the correct answers to the quiz (first come, first served basis) will qualify for the following:
1) win medals for being the first 12 to get the correct answers to the quiz (note: attendance to Blindfold Challenge is necessary for medal collection).
2) take part in a Guess Timur’s Moves competition (4:00 pm – 6:00 pm) where 3 participants with the highest number of correct answers will each get a copy of “Blindfold Chess” autographed by GM Gareyev.
3) take part in a 7-round “QCD-Prof Lim Kok Ann” Blitz Challenge (3 min + 2 sec increment) event (6:00 pm to 7:30pm) after the Blindfold Challenge with the top 3 placers getting trophies .

Blindfold Chess Challenge Quiz
Question #1
Who holds the Singapore national record in regard to winning the highest number of national titles (standard chess)?
a) Goh Wei Ming
b) Leslie Leow
c) Hsu Li Yang
d) Tan Lian Ann
e) Wong Meng Kong

Question #2
Select ALL the world champions who, at one point or another, took part in a tournament held in Singapore (simultaneous exhibitions do not count).
a) Anatoly Karpov
b) Vladimir Kramnik
c) Veselin Topalov
d) Antoaneta Stefanova
e) Garry Kasparov
f) Mikhail Tal
g) Hou Yifan

Question #3
What is the current world record in simultaneous blindfold chess exhibitions?
a) 60 games
b) 50 games
c) 48 games
d) 33 games
e) 59 games

Question #4
Select the world-class grandmaster who gave public blindfold chess exhibitions during one of his visits to Singapore:
a) Miguel Najdorf
b) Paul Keres
c) Max Euwe
d) Alexander Alekhine

Question #5
When did a Singapore team take part in a Chess Olympiad for the first time?
a) 1968
b) 1972
c) 1927
d) 1939
e) 1978

To take part in the contest, fill in the form below with the answers and click “send.” You will be notified by email if you are among the first 12 to win and qualify to take part in the Blindfold and Blitz Challenge. Deadline for entries: 31 May 2018.

Olimpiu’s Blindfold and QCD-LKA Blitz Blitz Challenge Quiz form