Timur Gareev: Zen Master of Blindfold Chess (RIA Novosti)

Austin, Texas, October 9 (RIA Novosti) – A motorbike-riding, parachute-jumping recent attendee at Nevada’s Burning Man festival who counts the illusionists David Copperfield and Harry Houdini among his heroes, Timur Gareev admits he is not your typical chess grandmaster:

‘I’d say I’m like an explorer,” the 25-year-old from Uzbekistan says. “It’s like a novelty for the chess world. I’m not trying to be that way, I just am that way.”