The famous chess player Gata Kamsky was born in June 2, 1974 in Novokuznetsk, Russia. He belongs to Tater family. Kamsky, is derived from the nickname of his grandparents, who were members of the Tatar traveling theater group. However, his family's real name is Sabirov. In November 2009 FIDE list he is rated 2695, ranking him 41st in the world and third among American players. At the age of 22, he reached the final of the FIDE World Chess Championship 1996, and this make him ranked fourth in the world rankings in 1996. However, he played no FIDE rated games between 1997 and 2004. Read on to know more about Gata Kamsky.
At the age of 12, Gata Kamsky won the Soviet under-20 championship twice. He also vanquished Grandmaster Mark Taimanov in a tournament game. He was the youngest chess player to defeat a grandmaster. US chess player Gata Kamsky earned his National Master title in the year 1989. In this same year he went to the United States with his father Rostam. However, at the age of 16, he played in the 64 player Inter zonal tournament. Kamsky's potential to earn the ultimate crown nearly became actualized when he beat Kramnik in a match, qualifying him to play Karpov for the World Championship title. He earned Grandmaster title in the year 1990. The next year he won the US Championship.
Gata Kamsky gave up playing chess after losing the match to Anatoly Karpov in the 1996 FIDE World Championship. He did his graduation from Brooklyn College in 1999. For five years Gata lived up to his promise and did not play a rated game. He earned an undergrad premed degree in chemistry, but then changed his mind and applied to law school at Touro Law Centre in New York. Till June 2004, he didn’t play any game in the public. But his career restarted with a surprise appearance at the 106th New York Masters. Thereafter, Gata revealed that he was preparing for top-flight competitive play.
US chess player Gata Kamsky was really back was at the 2005 World Cup. He defeated many elite players, earning a great place in the next World Championship cycle. He had another surprising performance in a super-grandmaster tournament in Sofia, May 2006 when he defeated Vishwanathan Anand with the black pieces, and placed second in a star-studded field that included World Champion Veselin Topalov. Kamsky plays a positional, strategic style of chess, more often seeking to build up smaller advantages rather than strike an immediate knockout blow. In late 2007, Gata Kamsky made a serious step toward his primary goal. Moreover, he won the World Cup (Khanty-Mansiysk, Nov.24-Dec.17).