Next month, Timur Gareyev will play virtually 50 opposings at once – blindfolded. Can neuroscientists reveal how he play-act such prodigious mental accomplishments?
Even by macrocosm record criteria, it gives a high bar for human achievement. Next month in Las Vegas a chess player appointed Timur Gareyev plans to take on virtually 50 opposings at once. But “thats really not” the hard part. While his challengers will play video games as ordinary, Gareyev himself will be blindfolded.
The 28 -year-old already stands out in the rarefied macrocosm of blindfold chess. He has a fondness for bright invests, a haircut that morphs from mane to mohican, and he gets his kickings from Base climbing. He has proved himself a contender, very. In a 10 -hour chess marathon in 2013, Gareyev played 33 competitions in his head simultaneously. He won 29 and lost none. The knowledge has become his label: he calls himself the Blindfold King.
But Gareyevs prowess has gleaned interest from beyond the chess-playing parish. In the expectations of understanding how he and others like him can perform such mental accomplishments, researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles called him in for reminiscence testing and brain scans. They now have their first results.