2011 FIDE Candidates Matches: U.S. Chess Champion Gata Kamsky Leads with the Only Win in 1st Round!

Eight Strong GMs Compete to Qualify as Challenger for the 2012 World Champion match. U.S. Chess Champion, Gata Kamsky is one of them!

From May 3-27, 2011 the FIDE Candidates matches are being held in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, with eight strong GMs competing to qualify as Challenger for the 2012 World Champion match.

Time controls in the four regular games are 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a tie there will be four rapid chess games, and if the tie is still not broken then up to five two-game blitz matches 5’+3″. Finally there may be a sudden-death final decider.

The prize fund of the candidates is 500,000 Euros.


  1. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, runner up of the previous World Championship)
  2. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, qualified by rating)
  3. Levon Aronian (Armenia, winner of the FIDE Grand-Prix 2008-2009)
  4. Boris Gelfand (Israel, winner of the FIDE World Cup 2009)
  5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, wild card)
  6. Alexander Grischuk (Russia, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)
  7. Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)
  8. Gata Kamsky (USA, runner up of the Challengers Match 2009).

Only One Win – To Kamsky

Friday, 06 May 2011 – FIDE.com

American citizen Gata Kamsky, born in Tatarstan, runner up of the world championship match with Karpov in Elista, is the first participant, who won the game in FIDE Candidates Matches in Kazan. Playing Black with the ex world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in Round 2, he punished opponent’s bad day and won after two hours, only when white position totally collapsed. Topalov prepared some novelty in the opening, but very quick lost kompas and the game. At the press conference, he was very short and clear, characterising his game: “I played very badly”.

Topalov,Veselin (2775) – Kamsky,Gata (2732)

Candidates Matches Round 1.2 (Kazan RUS) 06.05.2011

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Qb3 Nb6 6.d4 Bg7 7.Bf4 Be6 8.Qa3 Nc6 9.0-0-0 Nd5 10.Bg3 Bh6+ 11.e3 a5 12.h4 Ncb4 13.h5 c6 14.hxg6 hxg6 15.Rd2 f6 16.Ne4 b6 17.Be2 Qc8 18.Rh4 Kf7 19.Rd1 g5 20.Rh2 g4 21.Nfd2 c5 22.dxc5 f5 23.Rxh6 Rxh6 24.Ng5+ Kf8 25.Nxe6+ Qxe6 26.Bc4 Rc8 27.Bf4 Rf6 28.e4 Rxc5 29.exd5 Qxd5 30.b3 Qd4 31.Be3 Qc3+ 0-1.


Aronjan, who yesterday lost his chance to start the event with win at least several times, was with Black pieces and satisfied with the draw. In a not very much dramatic game, in completely equal position, Grischuk proposed to share the point, immediately excepted by Armenian GM.

In the first game Gelfand was in quite big troubles, and playing White was completely different. Mamedyarov should defend himself very carefully. In the most critical moment, Azeri GM was close to jump into a well-prepared trap. He already started to believe, how he would get a piece, but in realty he would loose a pawn. When he escaped out of this dangerous situation, he found the way to draw.After a quick draw in Round 1 Kramnik and Radjabov finished last. In typically Catalan structure ex world champion had small initiative, though it was absolutely not enough to do something concrete.

Round 2. Results: Topalov : Kamsky 0:1 (31), Topalov : Kamsky 0,5:1,5, Grischuck : Aronian draw (22), Grischuck : Aronian 1:1, Gelfand : Mamedyarov draw (40). Gelfand: Mamedyarov 1:1, Kramnik : Radjabov draw (61). Kramnik : Radjabov 1:1.

Round 3 of the Candidates Matches will be played tomorrow, on 7 May, 2011. The games are scheduled to start at 03.00p.m. local time.

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