In 1989 Gata, only 15 years old, wins 2-nd place in Palma de Mayorka, competing against 160 grandmasters from around the world. That qualified him to play in world championship qualifier held in Moscow but Kamsky was not invited.
I knew that he was referring to the GMA World Cup, rather than the World Championship, but I wasn't sure which events he meant. I decided to investigate. The 1st World Cup was a series of six tournaments that brought together the best players in the world.
- Brussels, April 1988
- Belfort, June 1988
- Reykjavik, October 1988
- Barcelona, April 1989
- Rotterdam, June 1989
- Skelleftea, August 1989
The 2008-9 Grand Prix that starts in a few days was modelled after the GMA World Cup. The 2nd World Cup began with three qualifying tournaments, called GMA Opens.
- Belgrade, December 1988
- Moscow, May 1989
- Palma de Mallorca, December 1989
Gata Kamsky finished tied for 2nd/3rd at Palma. A final qualifying tournament was held
- Moscow, May-June 1990