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Linares 2011 Cancelled

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/5/11, 1:26 PM.

Anatoly Karpov3.jpgIt appears that recent rumours regarding the famous Linares chess tournament have proved to be well founded, with recent press reports* now confirming that the 2011 edition has been cancelled.

The tournament had already been delayed, but the cancellation will still come as a blow to the chess community.

Linares is one of the highest-profile events in the elite chess calendar, but has struggled with funding in recent years, even sharing costs by splitting the tournament hosting duties with Morelia in Mexico from 2006-2008.

Last year's competition saw the number of players cut from 8 to 6, and with much of the funding coming from Spanish public bodies, the financial squeeze has hit Linares particularly hard.

The first Linares tournament was held in 1978, but it wasn't until the city hosted the world championship candidates matches in 1986/7 that succeeding tournaments really blossomed into major annual international events.

Many great tournaments followed, including the 1994 event which was won by Karpov (pictured) with an astonishing 11/13 against an excellent field (see cross-table and crushing game against Topalov below).

The organisers promise that Linares will host a 2012 tournament, tentatively scheduled for March next year.


Name Nat ELO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pts
1  GM Anatoly Karpov RUS 2740
½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0
2  GM Garry Kasparov RUS 2805 ½
½ 1 0 0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 8.5
3  GM Alexei Shirov LAT 2715 ½ ½
0 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 8.5
4  GM Evgeny Bareev RUS 2685 0 0 1
½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 1 ½ 1 7.5
5  GM Joël Lautier FRA 2625 0 1 1 ½
½ 0 1 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 7.0
6  GM Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2710 0 1 0 ½ ½
½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 7.0
7  GM Gata Kamsky USA 2655 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½
0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6.5
8  GM Vishy Anand IND 2715 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1
0 0 ½ 1 1 1 6.5
9  GM Veselin Topalov BUL 2640 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 ½ 1
1 1 ½ 0 1 6.5
10  GM Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2710 0 0 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0
½ 1 ½ 1 6.0
11  GM Boris Gelfand ISR 2685 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½
0 ½ ½ 5.5
12  GM Miguel Illescas ESP 2590 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 0 1
1 1 4.5
13  GM Judit Polgár HUN 2630 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0
1 4.0
14  GM Alexand. Beliavsky SLO 2650 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0
2.0

 

 

*Mig Greengard at the Daily Dirt quotes this interview (in Spanish)

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  • 3 years ago

    karangtarunasemarang

  • 3 years ago

    _valentin_

    Thank you for the correction, Andre -- I suspected I might have erred on calling Shirov Russian, though I knew for sure it was one of the former Soviet republics.

    Latvia it is.

  • 3 years ago

    Andre_Harding

    After Shirov played for the USSR and before he played for Spain, he played for Latvia, not Russia. 

  • 3 years ago

    lupus_cassiae

    @daud C ome on, chess is cheap! Think soccer, basketball, hockey, boxing, formula 1, ....

    This said I would always agree chess is hard to promote to begin with but chess players seem to be particularly challengend when it comes to selling their product.  Fischer had a stage handed to him, the cold war, us vs them. Now they need to create a stage and context that steers emotions, like Kasparov vs deep blue, Man vs Machine. 

    The sad reality is:  Tournament locations are usually dull (exactly where was the last olympiad?), the dignitaries are about as exciting as my guy behind the meat counter, some players less charismatic than my dentist (nothing against the profession, I am good customer), the stakes barely buy you 50 sec of advertisement time on Oprah, the commentary often delivered by individuals who seem to suffer from a speach impediment, giving everyone the impression it is some group therapy event for middle aged victims of authism, the first one to open his mouth gets a medal.

    Would love to hear what ideas people around here have to make chess events turn into actual events Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    lupus_cassiae

    No matter how modest chess players are it seems no one is safe from the tides of economic change.  One solution would be to have a series of equally relevant events in many countries, for diversification reasons. Formula 1 does a good job. They might end up cancelling Bahrain but their show goes on Cry

  • 3 years ago

    tirant

    perhaps they can cut on trophies and hotels or cut on whatever they can cut, 2 millions euros of cost its too much for any type of tournement,and government isnt going to help as we can see. Sad thinks... too many money on soccer, its what people likes

  • 3 years ago

    rockpeter

    Back to the old days when chess players were poor.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ _valentin_ - I'll have to take your word on the exact year, so I've changed Shirov to Russian. Thanks! Smile

  • 3 years ago

    rubenshein

    Unfathomable. This is just waaay too bad. How is this possible? I am deeply disappointed. I agree with Omslice: let us hear some more news as to the why and how.

  • 3 years ago

    Omslice

    How does a major event like Linares lose money? Seems preventable, especially by a group of minds as sharp as this. Where are the television contracts & merchandise? Or sponsors and patrons?? I would imagine the major costs to be: travel, lodging, venue, staffing, and prize purse. There would seemingly be a multitude of solutions to accomplish the first four of these in a very cost effective manner, and judging by the articles written on this site about the financial status of even the winningest GM's, it seem's there could be a healthy compromise made as far as the prize purse is concerned. I am only a cynical gardener who knows more about pruning an avacado tree than the budgets of an international chess tournament, but it does raise questions to the average enthusiast. Maybe worthy of a more thoroughly detailed article..? Sad news, but ~ a great lesson in impermanence.
  • 3 years ago

    TadDude

    @ oldmoves25 - Does anyone know the cost associated with hosting Linares? Also, is'nt there a profit to be made here by various methods? Is it that big of a money loser?

    *********

    A premature story on the "sale" of Linares indicates "We pay the expenses of players and the prizes, I think around 2 million euros (some 2.5 million dollars),".

    Arab power buys Linares, "the Wimbledon of chess"

    Repeated here Former UAE prodigy rides to the rescue of 'chess Wimbledon'

    Could be more? The venue, equipment, staff ....

  • 3 years ago

    _valentin_

    Speaking of nationalities (not that it matters much), I remember reading that Shirov became Spanish citizen in 1996, so in 1994 he was still playing for Russia.

    A brilliant tournament performance for Karpov indeed!  He scored as if it were an open tournament, not a world-class GM all-play-all event.

  • 3 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    "Economic woes were cited."  True, Spain's 10-year bond rates are uncomfortably high. Not as bad as Greece or Portugal, but still...

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ AlaaMattar1 - now corrected, thanks. I had some difficulty finding the correct crosstable from the event, so I had to re-construct it myself. Smile

  • 3 years ago

    chuckchess

    Kasparov returns, Nakamura plays blind in U.S championships, Chess.com becomes checkers site, Spanish end tounament, Carlson quits chess for fashion, enough of the jokes.  It is almost mid April.  

  • 3 years ago

    selfmate

    Bummer about Linares.

    Chess statistician Sonas rates Karpov's victory in Linares 1994 as the greatest tournament victory of all time (+9 against a world class field in just 13 games!!!), and the Karpov game presented is an excellent one. It shows that he had no lack of attacking skill when the position called for it. He just wasn't one to go in for speculative attacks.

  • 3 years ago

    Mimchi

    ATTENTION EVERYONE: I AM ONE OF THE BILLIONARES ON THE FORBES LIST.I WISH TO SPONSOR THIS WHOLE TOURNAMENT FREE OF CHARGE!

     

     

     

     

    aprils fools:)

  • 3 years ago

    AlaaMattar1

    Yes it is too bad, but guys I have another 2 comments regarding players nationality. Take a close look to the above table, A. Karpos is not Ukranian, he is Russian,  also G. Kasparov, although he was born in Baku, however, he is not Azeri now, he is Russian too. Did he hold the Azeri passport in 1994? I do not think so.

  • 3 years ago

    Jpatrick

    Here is opportunity for chess.com to sponsor a major international event.

  • 3 years ago

    El_Gremio

    sad

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