Kamsky Wins In Mainz

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/8/10, 12:13 PM.

Gata Kamsky won the Grenke Rapid World Championship at the 2010 Chess Classic Mainz.

After the first day there were 12 players on a perfect 5/5 score, but only Kamsky made it to 8/8, helped by crucial wins against Lev Aronian and Sergey Karjakin. 

Kamsky won against Kasmdzhanov to make it 9/9 before taking 2 draws to seal the title with a score of 10/11.

The large chasing pack was headed by Gashimov, Aronian and Bareev, half a point behind.

World Champion Vishy Anand completed his 40-board simultaneous exhibition with 34 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses. Congratulations to Henrik Karlzen and Bernd Grill on beating the champion!

Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk did even better in her 20-board Chess960 simul, with 16 wins, 4 draws and no losses!  The official site has a report (in German) with pictures here.

The top of the standings in the Grenke Rapid World Championship:

Name Nat Elo W D L Score
1  Kamsky, Gata USA 2713 9 2 0 10.0
2  Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2719 8 3 0 9.5
3  Aronian, Levon ARM 2783 9 1 1 9.5
4  Bareev, Evgeny RUS 2663 9 1 1 9.5
5  Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2747 8 2 1 9.0
6  Kempinski, Robert POL 2612 9 0 2 9.0
7  Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2760 8 2 1 9.0
8  Shirov, Alexei ESP 2749 8 2 1 9.0
9  Naiditsch, Arkadij GER 2684 9 0 2 9.0


The rate of play was 20 minutes plus a 5 second increment per move.  A selection of Kamsky's games are below.







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  • 6 years ago


    well kamsky you have beaten well players

  • 6 years ago


    kamsky is still kamsky no doubt about it!keep it up man!

  • 6 years ago


    Well done Gata!  I remember reading about his  rich qualities even as a kid, during 1985-86 itself in some Soviet Magazines published in ENGLISH.  very happy for the wonder kid. Keep it up!!

  • 6 years ago


    Well played Kamsky!!

  • 6 years ago


    Congrats to kamsky!!


    Come on go for the WCC!!

  • 6 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Gata makes chess look so simple :)

  • 6 years ago


    some impresive games, good for Gata

  • 6 years ago


    wait and see for Wesly So, who beat Gata  Kamsky

  • 6 years ago


    Nice one against Karjakin.

  • 6 years ago


    I wanted to see Anand's losses :P

  • 6 years ago


    Well done Kamsky, Took down some big names!

  • 6 years ago


    Congratulations to Mr. Kamsky!

  • 6 years ago


    9 wins and 1 draw going into the final round . . . and the pressure is still on because if he loses, there are four people waiting to tie him! I mean seriously, you'd think you could cruise to the finish line with a 9/9 start? Yell

    I guess even after 9-0-1, there are like a dozen people waiting in the wings with 7-3-0 and 9-1-0 records Undecided

    Maybe there are too many low seeds in the tournament, or not enough rounds?

  • 6 years ago


  • 6 years ago

    FM VPA

    Congrats to Gata for playing such wonderful games & winning the covetous titleKiss

  • 6 years ago


    An American actually won something Laughing

  • 6 years ago

    NM ChessNinja48

    Wow. Kamsky did very well! *ahem understatement ahem* Laughing

    Wins with Black against Aronian and Kasim is very impressive!

  • 6 years ago

    NM ChessNetwork

    9 straight wins and 2 draws to finish. Some luck against Kasimdzhanov, but what a fantastic tournament for Kamsky.

  • 6 years ago



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