Gata Kamsky

American chess grandmaster

Gata Kamsky [1] (born June 2, 1974) is a Soviet-born American chess grandmaster. Kamsky won the 2010 Grenke Open World Rapid Chess Championship.[2] He is rated #2 in the United States.

Gata Kamsky
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Full nameGataulla Rustemovich Kamsky
Country United States
Born (1974-06-02) June 2, 1974 (age 47)
Novokuznetsk, USSR
FIDE rating2740
(#17 in the January 2013 FIDE ranking list)
Peak rating2756 (September 2011)

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.


  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". World Chess Challenge 2009