Back in the U.S.S.R

Siberian emigre Gata Kamsky may be back on Russian soil, but things are not looking good for the Brighton Beach hopeful’s bid to play in the World Chess Championship in September. Today he struggled to draw the fourth game of his six-game World Championshio Qualifying match in Elista, Kalmykia. Kamsky remains a point down against Boris Gelfand of Israel, having lost one game and drawn three.

If Kamsky wins tomorrow, he’s still in the hunt. If he loses, he can make it back to Brooklyn before Coney Island’s historic boardwalk attractions have been dismantled to make way for luxury condos.

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