FIDE Grand Prix: Kamsky replaces Gashimov


Several months ago, Gata Kamsky had a real shock, when he was left out of the line-up for the FIDE Grand Prix, and his "rightful polace" given to Vugar Gashimov. Now "reverse castling" has taken place - Kamsky will replace Gashimov in the second stage of teh Grand Prix in Tashkent, and possibly in the entire series as well. 


As is well known, the Azeri Grandmaster was forced by health problems to miss the Olympiad and several otehr strong tournaments, to which he had been personally invited. Despite intensive treatment, in the course of which he has lost over 30kg, he is still not able to return to chess...

For the moment, his place is being taken by Kamsky. In August, Gata reacted very cautiously to his exclusion, accusing FIDE of breaking their obligations to players, and he had become an involuntary victim of this himself. .

Another who will play in Tashkent is Peter Svidler, who was forced to miss London due to family circumstances. Michael Adams, who replaced him, has proved to be only a one-off stopgap, and AGON have not given him a wild card to the whole GP series. 

Thus, barring any further acts of force-majeure, the line-up for the 2nd Grand Prix tournament will be: Sergey Kariakin, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler, Wang Hao, Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko, Ruslan Ponomariov, Shakriyar Mamedyarov, Lenier Dominguez, Rustam Kazimdzhanov and Gata Kamsky. This is a rather more dynamic line-up than London. The tournament runs from 21 November to 5 December.