Bad news for the U.S.: Gata Kamsky lost a thriller in the Candidates Semi-Final to Boris Gelfand of Israel. Congratulations to Gata on a marvelous performance in the Candidates! It's heartbreaking to be one move away from moving on....
Good news for Chicagoans: Boris has plenty of local connections. Andi Rosen explained in this 2009 article for Chess Life Online.
I called Tamara Golovey immediately after the Gelfand-Kamsky playoff ended: she was positively giddy!
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