Hangin has Gata see Kamsky play in the US Championship 

    9/9/2004 -  I Gata see Kamsky playing in the US Championship.  I watched Kamsky play in the Tuesday Knight Masters. Itís good to see Gata getting back into chess. I also read the AF4C has asked Gata to play in the US Championship this year. Gata will get the 2nd wild card spot in the tournament. The 2004 US championship will take place in San Diego from November 24 to December 5th. I am glad to see that Gata has accepted the challenge.

    I think this will be Gats 3rd US championship. He played his first back in 1991. where as a 17 year old he defeated I. Guerivich, A Ivanov, J Fedorowitz and Joel Benjamin to become one of the youngest to win the US Championship since Bobby Fischer won it at 14. Gata played in 2nd US championship in 1993. He got off to a fast start, but loses to Larry Christiansen and Kaidonov cost him his 2nd US title. Gata came in a respectable 3rd place. 

    In 1996, Gata went on to challenge Anatoly Karpov for the FIDE version of the world champion. Gata, at 21 years of age, was too inexperienced to defeat Karpov. Gata lost the match by a score of 7.5-10.5 with 3 wins, 6 loses and 9 draws. Kamsky defeated Anand in the 1994 semifinal candidate match, by a score of 6-4, with 4 wins, 2 lose and 4 draw. During this match, Kamsky had to over come a 2-point deficit.  Kamsky to his credit also has match victories over Nigel Short and Vladimir Kramnik. Gata decided to retire from chess after losing his bid for the world championship in 1996.    
    Kamsky did play in the 1999 FIDE KO in Las Vegas, but was eliminated in the first round by eventual winner Alexander Khalifman. Gata has been going to law school and recently finished his studies. Earlier this year, there were rumors that Gata wanted to run for FIDE president.  At 30 years of age, Gata must be wondering if he still has what it takes to be a champion. With the current state of ciaos in the chess world, you got to wonder if Gata feels he could be world champion. 

   There are many strong players today but there are questions as to who is the strongest in the world. Kramnik is the current world champion, after defeating Garry Kasparov in 2000. However Kramnik has not shown he is the best player in the world. Garry Kasparov, still the number one rated player in the world, is no longer the champion. Kasparov has been very busy with fringe chess issues and politics the last two years. He has not played well at Linares the last two years. 

   Anand has shown that he is the best rapid-blitz player in the world. Anand won his 3rd Chess Oscar and has been on a tournament tear recently. Anand took the 2nd spot in the FIDE rating chart. He has been the dominate player these last two years. Anand has shown he is superior to Kramnik and Leko, however he needs to face Kasparov again to solidify his place in chess history. One must wonder where Gata would be in the pecking order had he not retired from chess in 1996.  In 1994 Gata had match victories over todayís top players, namely Anand and Kramnik.  Chess would benefit from the return of Gata Kamsky. I think Gata is still young enough to make another serious run.  

 Here is one of Gata Kamsky wins from the 1996 World Championship match.