(Chess Tournament)

Chess Glossary - Linares - MapA alternative place for a cheeky break in the sun, Linares happens to also be the invited destination for elite Chess players, who compete in the prestigeous Chess Tournament, held in this cultured Spanish city.

Held every year, since the first event in 1978, the Chess Tournament has been won the most times by the legend that is Garry Kasparov, who has won the event outright no less than 8 times.

The very first winner, in 1978, was a relatively unknown Swedish chap by the name of Jaan Eslon.

Meanwhile, other outright winners include:

  • Vassily Ivanchuk (3);
  • Viswanathan Anand (3);
  • Anatoly Karpov (2);
  • Levon Aronian (1);
  • Larry Christiansen (1);
  • Jan Timman (1);
  • Boris Spassky (1);
  • Peter Leko (1)
  • Vladimir Kramnik (1)

In addition, there have been occaisions when first place has been shared by two competitors:

  • Anatoly Karpov and Larry Christiansen in 1981
  • Ljubomir Ljubojevic and Robert Hübner in 1985
  • Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov in 2000
  • Peter Leko and Vladimir Kramnik in 2003

The format of the Chess Tournament, up until 1998, was that of a single round-robin - where every entrant must play each other once.

However, this was changed, in 1998, to a double round-robin format where, as the name suggest, each player must face every other player twice during the entire event.

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