Gata Kamsky

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Gata Kamsky
Gata Kamsky.jpg
Full name Gataulla Rustemovich Kamsky
Country  United States
Born

Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2740
(#17 in the January 2013 FIDE ranking list)
Peak rating 2756 (September 2011)

Gata Kamsky [1] (born June 2, 1974) is a Soviet-born American chess grandmaster, and the current World Rapid Chess Champion.[2] He is rated #2 in the United States.

Kamsky was a prodigy who reached the final of the FIDE World Chess Championship 1996 at the age of 22, and reached a ranking of fourth in the world in 1996.[3] He played almost no FIDE-rated games between 1997 and late 2004. He was studying medicine at the time.[4]

Kamsky won the Chess World Cup 2007. This earned him a match against Veselin Topalov for the right to challenge for the World Chess Championship 2010, which he lost.[5] Kamsky also played in the Candidates Tournament to determine the challenger for the World Chess Championship 2012. He advanced to the semifinals before losing to Boris Gelfand.

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  1. Tatar Ğata Kamskiy, Ğataulla Rөstəm uğlı Sabirov; Гата Камский, Гатаулла Рөстәм улы Сабиров; Russian: Гатаулла Рустемович Сабиров, Гата Камский)
  2. Chess Classic Mainz – Kamsky wins with 10.0/11 points
  3. FIDE Rankings 1970-1997
  4. Dylan Loeb McClain: A chess master returns older, and maybe wiser. New York Times, January 27, 2008: [1]
  5. "World Chess Challenge Sofia 2009 - Veselin Topalov vs Gata Kamsky". http://www.wccc2009.com. World Chess Challenge 2009