Gata Kamsky

(b. 1974)

United States – Inducted 2016

Gata Kamsky is one of the greatest chess players to represent the United States. He is a five-time U.S. Chess Champion (1991, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) and a six-time U.S. Olympiad team member (1992, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014). Kamsky also played board one on the only American team to win the World Team Chess Championship (Lucerne 1993). He has been ranked number three in the chess world twice (1996, 2009) and is the only American after Bobby Fischer to compete in a match for the FIDE World Chess Championship (losing to Anatoly Karpov 7 ½ - 10 ½ in 1996). Kamsky is also the only U.S. player to win the FIDE World Cup, finishing ahead of 128 players at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia (2007).