Kansas students helped a grandmaster chess champion play his way into the record books.
Timur Gareev, 25, played simultaneous chess matches in Lindsborg Wednesday, blindfolded. Forty students faced off against the North American Open Chess Champion from Uzbekistan. Gareev won all 40 games.
The mental feat has never been attempted in Kansas, and is rare across the United States. Gareev played 33 players in St. Louis last month, winning 29 of the games and drawing four.
Marc Lang, German grandmaster, holds the current blindfold world record for playing 46 people in Sontheim, Germany in November 2011.
Gareev plans to try and break that record by playing 50 people in Southern California later this year.