GM Boris Gelfand won the World Candidates Matches final in Kazan and will challenge the reigning chess world champion next year. I was so glad to hear the news.Why? Because he is like a local hero. Boris, when he was a kid, had a coach named Tamara Golovey, Tamara has a chess club in town, the chess club Abe had been to as I mentioned in this post.
You may want to check Andi Rosen’s beautiful article about Boris and Tamara on USCF website. I agree 100 percent with the article. She is a second mother or grandmother to many local chess players — Abe included,