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The annual Linares chess tournament, usually played around the end of February, takes its name from the city of Linares in the Jaén province of Andalusia, Spain, in which it is held. It is sometimes described as the Wimbledon of chess, being one of the strongest annual tournaments held on the chess tour, along with the Wijk aan Zee Corus and Dortmund events.

The event, sponsored by Spanish businessman Luis Rentero, was first held in 1978. At that time it was not an elite event and was won by the relatively unknown Swede, Jaan Eslon (on tie-break from the Argentine Roberto Debarnot). After the following year's event, it was held every other year until 1987 when no tournament took place: that being the year that Linares hosted the Candidates' Final, a match to determine a challenger for Kasparov's world title featuring Anatoly Karpov and Andrei Sokolov. The postponed 1987 event was held over until 1988 and the tournament has since become an annual event, with the exception of 1996, when the Women's World Chess Championship was held.

The 1994 tournament had an average Elo rating of 2685, the highest ever at that time, making it the first Category XVIII tournament ever held. The field, in eventual finishing order, consisted of Karpov, Kasparov, Shirov, Bareev, Kramnik, Lautier, Anand, Kamsky, Topalov, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Illescas, Judit Polgar, and Beliavsky. Karpov won with an undefeated 11/13. Jeff Sonas considers Karpov's performance the best tournament result in history.[1]

In 1998, the format of the tournament changed from a single round-robin tournament to a double round-robin event (meaning that each participant plays every other participant twice, once with each color).

Rentero is notorious for being a strong opponent of short draws in chess, to the point that in 1991 he offered cash bonuses for playing longer games.

From 2006 through 2008, the first half of the tournament took place in the Mexican city of Morelia. The second half took place in Linares. Consequently the event is sometimes referred to as Morelia - Linares in databases and the like.

In 2009 the event took place entirely in Linares.[2] In 2010 it has been reported that the event will take place in both Linares and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.[3]

Contents

Winners

Full Results

1999

Final Results of 1999[4]:

XVI Ciudad de Linares (ESP), ii-iii 1999              cat. XX (2735)
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                                 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 
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1 Garry Kasparov      g RUS 2812 ** == =1 == 1= 11 =1 11  10.5  2817
2 Vladimir Kramnik    g RUS 2751 == ** == == == == =1 1=   8.0  2782
3 Viswanathan Anand   g IND 2781 =0 == ** == =1 == 1= =1   8.0  2778
4 Peter Leko          g HUN 2694 == == == ** == 1= 0= 0=   6.5  2712
5 Veselin Topalov     g BUL 2700 0= == =0 == ** =0 =1 ==   6.0  2690
6 Vassily Ivanchuk    g UKR 2714 00 == == 0= =1 ** 1= 0=   6.0  2688
7 Peter Svidler       g RUS 2713 =0 =0 0= 1= =0 0= ** =1   5.5  2658
8 Michael Adams       g ENG 2716 00 0= =0 1= == 1= =0 **   5.5  2657

2000

Final Results of 2000:

XVI Ciudad de Linares (ESP), ii-iii 2000              cat. XXI (2751)
                                      1  2  3  4  5  6 
1: Garry Kasparov       2851  37 RUS XX == == == 1= 1=   6.0  2803
2: Vladimir Kramnik     2758  25 RUS == XX == 1= == 1=   6.0  2822
3: Peter Leko           2725  21 HUN == == XX =0 == ==   4.5  2721
4: Alexander Khalifman  2656  34 RUS == 0= =1 XX =0 ==   4.5  2734
5: Viswanathan Anand    2769  31 IND 0= == == =1 XX 0=   4.5  2712
6: Alexei Shirov        2751  28 ESP 0= 0= == == 1= XX   4.5  2715

2006

XXIII SuperGM Morelia/Linares (MEX/ESP), 18 ii-11 iii 2006cat. XX (2732)
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                                      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 
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1 Levon Aronian            g ARM 2752 ** 1= =0 =1 0= 1= 1= =1  8.5  2808
2 Teimour Radjabov         g AZE 2700 0= ** 1= 0= =1 =1 1= ==  8.0  2786
3 Veselin Topalov          g BUL 2801 =1 0= ** =1 1= 01 =1 0=  8.0  2771
4 Peter Leko               g HUN 2740 =0 1= =0 ** 1= == == 1=  7.5  2759
5 Vassily Ivanchuk         g UKR 2729 1= =0 0= 0= ** 1= =0 =1  6.5  2703
6 Peter Svidler            g RUS 2765 0= =0 10 == 0= ** 1= 1=  6.5  2698
7 Etienne Bacrot           g FRA 2717 0= 0= =0 == =1 0= ** =1  6.0  2683
8 Francisco Vallejo Pons   g ESP 2650 =0 == 1= 0= =0 0= =0 **  5.0  2641

2007

Final Results of 2007[5]:

XXIV SuperGM Morelia/Linares (MEX/ESP), 17 ii-10 iii 2007cat. XX (2746)
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                                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 
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1 Viswanathan Anand      g IND 2779 ** 11 1= 0= == == == 1=  8.5  2820
2 Magnus Carlsen         g NOR 2690 00 ** 1= == == 11 1= =0  7.5  2782
3 Alexander Morozevich   g RUS 2741 0= 0= ** == =1 =1 01 =1  7.5  2775
4 Levon Aronian          g ARM 2744 1= == == ** == 0= == ==  7.0  2745
5 Peter Svidler          g RUS 2728 == == =0 == ** == == =1  7.0  2748
6 Vassily Ivanchuk       g UKR 2750 == 00 =0 1= == ** 1= ==  6.5  2715
7 Veselin Topalov        g BUL 2783 == 0= 10 == == 0= ** ==  6.0  2690
8 Peter Leko             g HUN 2749 0= =1 =0 == =0 == == **  6.0  2695

2008

XXIV SuperGM Morelia/Linares (MEX/ESP), 15 ii-7 iii 2008cat. XXI (2756)
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                                    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 
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1 Viswanathan Anand     g IND 2799 ** 1= 0= == == == 1= 11  8.5  2829
2 Magnus Carlsen        g NOR 2733 0= ** 1= 11 0= =1 =0 =1  8.0  2808
3 Levon Aronian         g ARM 2739 1= 0= ** 01 == 1= == ==  7.5  2787
4 Veselin Topalov       g BUL 2780 == 00 10 ** == 1= 11 01  7.5  2781
5 Teimour Radjabov      g AZE 2735 == 1= == == ** == 0= 01  7.0  2758
6 Vassily Ivanchuk      g UKR 2751 == =0 0= 0= == ** 11 ==  6.5  2727
7 Peter Lékó             g HUN 2753 0= =1 == 00 1= 00 ** ==  5.5  2676
8 Alexei Shirov         g ESP 2755 00 =0 == 10 10 == == **  5.5  2675

2009

XXVI SuperGM Linares (ESP), 19 ii-7 iii 2009 cat. XXI (2756)
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
1  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 2733 ** == =0 == 1= 1= 1= == 8.0 2809
2  Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 2779 == ** == == == == 11 == 8.0 2802
3  Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2776 =1 == ** 1= =0 == =0 =1 7.5 2781
4  Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2791 == == 0= ** 1= 1= 0= == 7.0 2750
5  Wang Yue (CHN) 2739 0= == =1 0= ** == == == 6.5 2729
6  Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2761 0= == == 0= == ** =1 == 6.5 2726
7  Levon Aronian (ARM) 2750 0= 00 =1 1= == =0 ** 1= 6.5 2727
8  Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB) 2717 == == =0 == == == 0= ** 6.0 2711

References

  1. ^ Facts and figures: Magnus Carlsen's performance in Nanjing. ChessBase.com. Retrieved on 2009-10-26.
  2. ^ http://www.ajedrez.ciudaddelinares.es/index.htm Official website noting the 2009 tournament takes place entirely in Linares. Retrieved 2 March 2009.
  3. ^ Article on the move to Dubai
  4. ^ TWIC 227
  5. ^ TWIC 644
  • [1] - a brief history and news of the 2008 event.
  • [2] - winners, crosstables from 1990-2006

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