Friday, March 07, 2008

Support Gata's Quest for the World Championship

March 3, 2008

There is nothing more exciting for U.S. chess than Gata Kamsky's run for the World Championship. Later this year, Gata will face former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in a match, while current world champion, India's Viswanathan Anand, defends his title against his predecessor, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia. Victory against Topalov will mean a title match for Gata in 2009. Read Gata's own Chess Life annotations from his World Cup win in the March Chess Life Magazine.

This will be Gata's third attempt to climb the Olympus of chess. In 1993, the rival organisations FIDE and PCA each held Interzonal tournaments. Kamsky qualified from both, and proceeded to wipe out one top GM after another in the two parallel world championship cycles. As FIDE attempted to establish a successor to the title vacated by the formation of the PCA by Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short, Gata decisively defeated Anand, 6-4 (on the Indian's home turf!), and two others in matches before finally succumbing to Anatoly Karpov, 7.5-10.5, in their 1996 FIDE World Championship match.

In the PCA cycle, Gata demolished first Kramnik, 4.5-1.5, and then Short, 5.5-1.5, before Anand avenged the above-mentioned defeat, 6.5-4.5.

Gata needs YOUR help. Preparing properly for his high-caliber match with Topalov is an expensive proposition. Bulgarian support for Topalov has been strong, and our support for Gata will need to match theirs. To that end, the Gata Kamsky International Chess and Sports Foundation has been established, and is in the process of securing 501(c)3 status. Donations can be made to:

The Gata Kamsky International Chess and Sports Foundation,
P.O. Box 204,
Massapequa Park, NY 11762.

The USCF fully endorses the foundation and urges you to donate whatever you can to this effort. Let's help Gata continue Bobby Fischer's legacy!

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