December 30, 2007 — CHESS PLAYERS who drop out of competitive chess – or who just stop playing casually on the Internet – are often tempted to get back in the game. But they’re afraid they’ll never play as well as they used to.
They should be cheered by Gata Kamsky’s return to tournaments after a nearly decade-long break. It shows that there are some qualities a player never loses.
The Brooklyn grandmaster was rusty when he entered the 2005 World Cup, but he was still one of the world’s best defenders and best calculators. “He defends stubbornly,” said Alexander Grischuk, who managed to oust Kamsky that year.
What a player does lose when he drops out of chess for a period is contact with the latest opening ideas. This doesn’t matter much at the amateur level, but it meant Kamsky was at a big disadvantage for the past two years.
Fortunately, in the 2007 World Cup he enlisted as his second Emil Sutovsky of Israel, one of the world’s top theoreticians, after Sutovsky was knocked out in a first-round upset.
And what about Gata’s controversial father, Rustam? Kamsky said they kept in constant touch by phone during the tournament and that his father gave him a lot of valuable advice.
Source: NY Post