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Gata Kamsky
Number of games in database: 1,837
Years covered: 1986 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2675 (2738 rapid, 2685 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2763

Overall record: +487 -240 =656 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 454 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (183) 
    B90 B47 B33 B97 B32
 Queen's Pawn Game (164) 
    D02 A46 A45 D00 A40
 Ruy Lopez (112) 
    C78 C91 C67 C65 C80
 French Defense (56) 
    C11 C18 C10 C16 C02
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B97 B96 B91 B98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (44) 
    C91 C84 C92 C89 C85
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (168) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D14
 Ruy Lopez (122) 
    C95 C84 C78 C89 C60
 Sicilian (121) 
    B42 B43 B32 B40 B41
 Grunfeld (92) 
    D85 D86 D94 D97 D96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (76) 
    C95 C84 C89 C92 C91
 Sicilian Kan (63) 
    B42 B43 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kamsky vs Kramnik, 1994 1-0
   Kramnik vs Kamsky, 1994 0-1
   Kamsky vs Short, 1994 1-0
   Kamsky vs Lautier, 1993 1-0
   Kamsky vs Mamedyarov, 2013 1-0
   Kamsky vs Karpov, 1996 1-0
   Kamsky vs Shirov, 2007 1-0
   Kamsky vs S Erenburg, 2014 1-0
   Kamsky vs Seirawan, 2012 1-0
   Kamsky vs A Goganov, 2016 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Kamsky FIDE World Championship (1996)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   39th World Open (2011)
   European Club Cup (2016)
   US Championship (1991)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   European Club Cup (2012)
   US Championship (2012)
   Foxwoods Open (2007)
   Baku Open (2010)
   American Continental Championship (2005)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   World Cup (2013)
   World Cup (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Kamsky! by xajik
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   Challenger Kamsky by Gottschalk
   Kamsky! by larrewl
   London Bridges Fredthebear Crossed by fredthebear
   Melody Amber 1994 by amadeus
   Melody Amber 1995 by amadeus

   🏆 Blitz World Championship
   Kamsky vs Wang Hao (Dec-30-18) 1-0, blitz
   Smirin vs Kamsky (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz
   Kamsky vs A Indjic (Dec-30-18) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   D Andreikin vs Kamsky (Dec-30-18) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Kamsky vs V Fedoseev (Dec-30-18) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jun-02-1974, 44 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Grandmaster (1990) Gata Rustemovich Kamsky. World Championship challenger (1995); USSR Junior champion (jointly - 1987 & 1988); 5-time winner of the US Championship (1991, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014).

Gata Kamsky was born June 2nd, 1974 in Novokuznetsk, Siberia. His chess career began in Russia, in the early stages of which, at the age of 12, he defeated former Candidate GM Mark Taimanov in a tournament game. He relocated to the USA in 1989 and now lives in New York. In July 1990 he became the youngest player ever to be rated in FIDE's world top ten, moving straight into the number 8 position from outside the top 100 while still untitled, representing three unique and as yet unsurpassed feats. After contesting the 1995 World Championship, he temporarily retired from chess in 1996 to pursue professional qualifications, and returned to competition chess in 2004.


<Junior> Kamsky jointly won the USSR Junior Championships in 1987 with Boris Alterman (1) and in 1988 jointly with Mikhail Ulibin. (2)

<National> Kamsky won the US Championship in 1991, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. His entry to the U.S. Championship in San Diego, California, in 2004 was his first major event since 1996, apart from his brief foray in the 1999 World Championship Knockout Tournament, and he scored 5.5/9. His successful 2011 defense of his national title after winning it the previous year involved him winning his pool (US Championship (Group A) (2011) and defeating Yury Markovich Shulman in the 2 game mini-match final for the title. This victory may have also contributed to his battle fitness in his successful rematch against Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov in the 2011 Candidates matches. He was runner-up in the US Championship (2012). In May 2013, his tie for first in the US Chess Championships (2013) with Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez was decided in his favour by his winning by 2-1 in the 3rd game Armegeddon tiebreaker. In May 2014, his tie for first in the US Championship (2014) with Aleksandr Lenderman and Varuzhan Akobian was also decided in his favor by blitz playoff when he defeated Akobian after Akobian had defeated Lenderman in the preliminary blitz playoff. He placed =5th in the US Championships (2015).

<World> - <early years until 1996 retirement> Kamsky's initial participation in the world championship cycle was to qualify for the right to contest the 1990 Interzonal in Manila, where he scored 5.5/13. Three years later he contested both the FIDE and PCA Interzonals that were held in Groningen and Biel respectively, coming third in both events and thereby qualifying for both sets of Candidates matches. He reached the finals of the 1994-1995 PCA World Championship Candidates' matches, eliminating Vladimir Kramnik and Nigel Short before losing to Viswanathan Anand. In the FIDE Candidates he met with even greater success, defeating Paul van der Sterren, Anand and Valery Salov and qualifying for a match with Anatoly Karpov. After losing the match, Kamsky announced his retirement from professional chess in order to study medicine and law. This period of inactivity was punctuated only by his participation in the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), where he lost in the first round to the eventual winner, Alexander Khalifman.

<World> - <2005 until 2014> On his return to world championship chess in 2005, his first event was the FIDE World Cup (2005), where he placed ninth defeating Zhao Jun, Dmitry Bocharov, Ilya Smirin and Alexander Grischuk in the preliminary rounds. He therefore qualified once more for the Candidates' matches. In the consequent 2007 round of Candidates matches, he won the preliminary Candidates Match: Bacrot - Kamsky (2007) but lost the Candidates Match: Gelfand - Kamsky (2007) ending his bid to qualify to play in the FIDE World Championship Tournament (2007). He rebounded in the next World Championship cycle by winning the World Chess Cup (2007). Undefeated throughout the seven-round event, he beat Ahmed Adly, Boris Avrukh, Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev, Peter Svidler, Ruslan Ponomariov and Magnus Carlsen in the preliminary rounds before beating Alexey Shirov in the final to qualify for the Topalov - Kamsky Match (2009). Veselin Aleksandrov Topalov emerged victorious by a 4.5-2.5 margin and thereby gained the right to play Anand in a match for the title. Although he unexpectedly bowed out of the World Cup (2009) in the third round to Wesley So, on the basis of his match against Topalov, FIDE seeded him into the World Championship Candidates (2011) where he again faced Topalov, this time defeating him by 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3 -0) to move into the semi finals against Boris Gelfand. Kamsky conceded the semi final match in the blitz playoff by 1.5-0.5 after drawing the classical games 2-2 (+0 -0 =4) and the rapid games 2-2 (+1 -1 =2). Soon afterwards, he qualified by reason of his rating to participate in the World Cup (2011) where he defeated Diego Rafael Di Berardino, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Ian Nepomniachtchi in the first three rounds but lost to the eventual winner Peter Svidler in the Round of Sixteen (round 4). He qualified via rating to play in the World Cup (2013) where he defeated Chinese IM Lou Yiping in the first round, young Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov in the second round, local Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer in the third round and Azeri GM and twice World Junior Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the Round of 16 (fourth round) (4). However, he was eliminated in the quarter final (round 5) by Russian GM Evgeny Tomashevsky and exited the contest and the 2014 World Championship cycle.

<Grand Prix series 2012-13> Vugar Gashimov 's withdrawal from chess due to ill health resulted in Kamsky replacing him in the Grand Prix series 2012-13. He started poorly with 3.5/11 in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012). Subsequently he scored 5.5/11, placing =5th at the FIDE Grand Prix Zug (2013). He lead for much of the FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013), but finished with =2nd on 7.5/11 adding 125 GP points to his GP tally. His last place in the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013) put him out of contention for the top 2 - and consequent qualification for the 2014 Candidates tournament – in the series.

<World> - <2014 until the present>

Kamsky qualified for the World Cup (2015) through his results at the US Championships (2015) aka Zonal 2.1, but was unexpectedly eliminated from the event in the first round by Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan.

Standard Tournaments

Kamsky’s first win after he relocated to the United States in 1989 was at the Buffalo Open. After a short while spent adjusting to the level of opposition he encountered by entering the world’s top 10, Kamsky scored some major tournament triumphs, including Tilburg 1990, the U.S. Championship of 1991 (3), Buenos Aires 1993, Las Palmas (1994), and shared first in 1995 at Dos Hermanas. He reached his peak world ranking of number 4 between July 1995 and January 1996. After his hiatus of 1996-2004, he was undefeated in the HB Global Challenge held in Minneapolis in 2005. Following his success at the 2005 FIDE World Cup, further successes in 2006, including second place at the MTel Masters (2006) behind Topalov and at the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) helped reestablish his position as one of the world's leading players. In 2010 he won the Reggio Emilia (2009) (which finished in January 2010), the Philadelphia Open (2010), the President's Cup in Baku, and the Baku Open (2010). After his victory in the 2011 US Championship, he won the 39th World Open (2011) on tiebreak from Michael Adams. Kamsky has since scored 7/13 (+3 -2 =8) at Tata Steel (2012) and was runner up in the inaugural ACP Golden Classic (2012), which showcased longer classical time controls and pre-computer style adjournments. In August 2012, he was outright winner of the 2012 Washington International. 2013 started with a modest 7.5/10 (=5th) at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013). Later in the year he scored an even more modest 1.5/6, placing 4th in the quadrangular DRR category 22 Sinquefield Cup (2013).

Kamsky started 2014 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), scoring a par-for-rating 7/10 and placing =10th. In March he won the 36th Annual Marchand Open held in Rochester, New York and the 23rd Annual Eastern Class Championships held in Massachusetts. In April he won the 8th Annual Philadelphia Open outright with 7.5/9. Two months later he won the 2014 National Open in Las Vegas outright with 5/6. He was less successful in July when he competed in the 42nd Annual World Open in Arlington, Virginia, where he scored 6/9, losing 11 rating points. In October, he placed =1st with 5.5/7 alongside Sergey Erenburg at the 2014 Washington Chess Congress, also held in Arlington. In December he placed =1st at the 98th Annual Marshall Chess Club Championship.

In July 2015 he won the 8th New York International and in the following month won the 4th Annual Washington International and the 45th Annual Continental Open (the last mentioned staged in Sturbridge, Massachusetts) .

Team events

<Olympiads> Kamsky’s inaugural Olympic representation was for the USA at the 1992 Olympiad, where playing on top board, he lead his team to 4th place. His next appearances at the Olympiads were when, still playing top board, he lead his US team to a bronze medal at 37th Chess Olympiad (2006) and at the Olympiad (2008). Kamsky played board 2 for the US at the Chess Olympiad (2010) and the Chess Olympiad (2012), on the latter occasion scoring an individual bronze. He also played board 2 for the US at the Chess Olympiad (2014), where a poor performance reduced his rating to below 2700 for the first time since January 2010.

<World Team Championship> Kamsky first played in this event in 1993, when he played top board for the US, leading it to team gold. Subsequent to his victory in the 2011 US Championship, he played board 1 for the USA at the World Chess Team Championship (2011), scoring 5.5/9 and winning an individual bronze. He played board 2 for the US in the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), helping his team to 4th place.

<National and Continental leagues> Kamsky played in the European Club Cup from 2007-2010 inclusive and in 2012 and 2013, winning three team golds (in 2007, 2008 and 2012) and one individual gold in 2012. His best results were in the 2012 season when he won team and individual gold playing board five for SOCAR Baku at the 28th European Club Cup (2012), this result propelling him to the top of the rating list for the Americas at that time (November 2012). He also helped SOCAR to a bronze at the European Club Cup (2013).

Kamsky also played in the Russian Premier League in 2008, winning individual bronze and team gold with the Ural Sverdlovsk region club, and in 2013 and 2014 when he played top board for Kazan.

Rapid/blitz events

In 2004 he returned to active competition after his 8 year lay off from chess in the New York Masters rapid competition. August 2010 saw Kamsky becoming the world rapid champion when he won clear first at the World Rapid Chess Championship (Mainz Chess Classic) with 10.0/11, defeating world #5 and defending champion Levon Aronian, 2004 FIDE champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Sergey Karjakin en route to the title. In June 2014, he came =1st alongside Timur Gareyev at the Spirits of Chess rapid round robin event held in Las Vegas.


Kamsky has been a member of since early 2010, his userid being: User: DarkNolan.

Rating and Ranking

Kamsky's highest rating to date was 2763 in July 2013 when he was ranked #11 in the world. His highest ever ranking was #4 in July 1995 behind Garry Kasparov, Karpov and Vassily Ivanchuk respectively; at that time he was rated 2735.

Sources and references

Wikipedia article: Gata Kamsky; Live rating list:; (1) [rusbase-1] (2) [rusbase-2] (3) (4) (a Washington Times article features one game of his which advanced him to the next stage).

Last updated 15 September 2015

Last updated: 2018-03-06 13:20:31

 page 1 of 75; games 1-25 of 1,873  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kamsky vs Sakaev  0-1451986Sochi Juniors-BB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
2. Kamsky vs Tiviakov  0-1681986DaugavpilsB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. D Burmenko vs Kamsky  1-0541986Sochi Juniors-BD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Kamsky vs K Aseev 1-0311986ViliandiD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Belikov vs Kamsky  0-1421986Sochi Juniors-BB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
6. Akopian vs Kamsky 1-0341986USSRB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
7. Shirov vs Kamsky 1-0391986Sochi Juniors-BC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
8. Kamsky vs I A Novikov 0-1291987PavlodarD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
9. V Osnos vs Kamsky  ½-½241987Leningrad-chD75 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O c5, 8.dxc5
10. V K Nasybullin vs Kamsky 0-1401987PavlodarA48 King's Indian
11. Kamsky vs P Fossan 1-0181987InnsbruckB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. Kamsky vs K Agapov 0-1411987LeningradA43 Old Benoni
13. Kamsky vs Yermolinsky 0-1311987PavlodarA48 King's Indian
14. Kamsky vs S V Ivanov 0-1451987USSRD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
15. Kamsky vs F Sideif-Sade 1-0461987PavlodarB44 Sicilian
16. D Komarov vs Kamsky  1-0401987Leningrad-chD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Kamsky vs Y Dokhoian 0-1611987PavlodarC02 French, Advance
18. Taimanov vs Kamsky 0-1391987Leningrad-chD94 Grunfeld
19. G Zaichik vs Kamsky 0-1561987PavlodarD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
20. Shirov vs Kamsky 1-0291987KapsukasD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Kamsky vs Chekhov 1-0621987PavlodarB03 Alekhine's Defense
22. A Graf vs Kamsky  ½-½331987PavlodarA25 English
23. Dreev vs Kamsky 1-0561987URS-ch otborC44 King's Pawn Game
24. H Odeev vs Kamsky  ½-½411988Ivano_FrankovskC46 Three Knights
25. A Vitolinsh vs Kamsky 1-0591988MinskC60 Ruy Lopez
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  PhilFeeley: No games from Cappelle la Grande? Ridiculous.

Then again, the French aren't very good at putting up a decent chess website. TWIC got the games, but I don't know how. You can see them individually, but I haven't found a group download yet, except for TWIC.

Mar-13-16  waustad: A person commenting on chessbomb during the WWCC match was calling himself "DarkNolan". If it was the real one, that would make him, with Fibiano Caruana briefly several years ago, one of the strongest openly to comment there. Then again, what is to stop someone from adopting his identity?
Mar-13-16  Howard: Gata looks much, much better with short hair, IMO.
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  DarkNolan: ))) haha. naw, i always kept my hair short, after that infamous trip to india for the fide match vs anand and when the match was over decided to keep it short. Short hair felt comfortable for many reasons, mostly sport related like running, showers, ocean swims, it all felt great. But decided to change my image and habits couple years ago when i retired from active professional chess. So i finally let me hair grow and kinda liked it )
Sep-06-16  Howard: Saw Kamsky at the World Open a couple months ago---his hair was much shorter.
Sep-08-16  Aunt Jemima: I was pulling for Kamsky in his match against Karpov back in the 90's. I remember waiting for the paper to come out every day so I could try to catch the game in the chess column. The internet was just getting started back then and no one really used it to track things yet. Olde School.
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  tamar: Incredible swindle against Kulaots from the depths of hell to a draw
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  HeMateMe: Gata goes 7/9 at the Moscow Open this year, 5th place:


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  HeMateMe: Congrats to Kamsky, going +3 at Aeroflot and finishing one point out of first. Tough field.
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  Tiggler: DarkNolan did not have a great US Championship, but he still plays the game the right way.
Apr-19-17  ketchuplover: Won by forfeit in Reykjavik today
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  Marmot PFL: Only 43 today (young). Seems like he has been around forever.
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  tpstar: <DarkNolan> Happy Birthday!!
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  offramp: Happy birthday to the third best Muslim player in history.
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  Ron: < Marmot PFL: Only 43 today (young). Seems like he has been around forever.>

Yeah. I remember that back in the early 1990s I played over some of Kamsky's games. About 25 years ago.

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  HeMateMe: nice hair dude! best wishes.
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  PhilFeeley: What's he been up to this past half year?
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  Marmot PFL: <What's he been up to this past half year?> Returned to Russia? Skipped the US championship but is playing in the Russian team ch.
Jun-02-18  Ironmanth: Best wishes for a wonderful birthday, Grandmaster. Have enjoyed following your successes over the years. Go Gata! :)
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  tpstar: <DarkNolan> Greetings!

I read on the Internet that you were chased out of here by repeat offenders. Sadly, the same thing happened to Nigel Short and Zsuzsa Polgar and Henrik Carlsen and Jon Ludvig Hammer and even WC Challenger User: Fabiano Caruana before.

As a name player, you may Moderate your own player page and banish repeat offenders so they can't post in this space. Team Wesley was forced to boot several troublemakers from the Wesley So page who are all now potential co-conspirators in the account hacking crime, as sometimes banning posters outright is the only practical recourse against the Bad People.

Best wishes. =)

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  saffuna: Nice try, <tpstar>. But <soldal> nailed you.

I remember Kamsky's farewell post. He simply said he didn't have time any more.

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  Count Wedgemore: Neither was Henrik "chased out of here", as <tpstar> claims.
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And neither were Short, Hammer or Caruana.

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  HeMateMe: I think kamsky said he'd be using Facebook for internet chat in the future. It's probably more efficient for him, one website.
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  Dr Winston OBoogie: <saffuna: Nice try, <tpstar>. But <soldal> nailed you. I remember Kamsky's farewell post. He simply said he didn't have time any more.>

<Count Wedgemore: Neither was Henrik "chased out of here", as <tpstar> claims.>

And neither were Short, Hammer or Caruana>

But User: tpstar said it and user User: tpstar is <not> a stirrer! No sir, no wayyyyyy!

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