Gelfand, a “local” hero, to challenge champion Anand

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,


Two articles about then and now of Gata Kamsky

Gata Kamsky won the 2011 US chess Championship weeks ago, and advanced to the semifinals in 2011 FIDE  Candidates Matches for the world championship by defeating Veselin Topalov days ago. Maybe he will bring us another surprise later.

I found an old article about the teenager Gata and his father and a recent article about  his gracious moment at 2010 US Championship. Maybe you want to take a look at both articles.

Go Gata!