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Linares Cancelled For Second Year

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/2/12, 9:40 AM.

Linares.jpgThe Spanish newspaper Diario Jaen reports that the 2012 edition of the famous Linares tournament is cancelled.

After the 2011 tournament was sadly cancelled, there had been hopeful noises from the organisers that the 'Wimbeldon of Chess' would return in March/April 2012, but it was not to be.

The technical director Francisco Fernández Albalate stated that the problem was not an economic one, but rather a lack of suitable dates.

Some previous editions had been split between two venues, and the plans for 2012 had entailed Linares sharing hosting duties with Mexico but the talks were unsuccessful.

Past winners of Linares:

  • 1978: Jaan Eslon
  • 1979: Larry Christiansen
  • 1981: Anatoly Karpov and Larry Christiansen
  • 1983: Boris Spassky
  • 1985: Ljubomir Ljubojevic & Robert Hübner
  • 1988: Jan Timman
  • 1989: Vassily Ivanchuk
  • 1990: Garry Kasparov
  • 1991: Vassily Ivanchuk
  • 1992: Garry Kasparov
  • 1993: Garry Kasparov
  • 1994: Anatoly Karpov
  • 1995: Vassily Ivanchuk
  • 1997: Garry Kasparov
  • 1998: Viswanathan Anand
  • 1999: Garry Kasparov
  • 2000: Vladimir Kramnik & Garry Kasparov
  • 2001: Garry Kasparov
  • 2002: Garry Kasparov
  • 2003: Peter Leko
  • 2004: Vladimir Kramnik
  • 2005: Garry Kasparov
  • 2006: Levon Aronian
  • 2007: Viswanathan Anand
  • 2008: Viswanathan Anand
  • 2009: Alexander Grischuk
  • 2010: Veselin Topalov

3035 reads 13 comments
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  • 2 years ago


    Hard to believe Linares isn't being held again this year. I've had alot of enjoyment  listening  to the Linares  games being analyzed, commented on, as well as learning a thing or two. Those games would last 6-8 hrs, if no draw. 2005 was a good year! :)

     I'm also  surprised not to  see Svidler's name appear even once in the winners list.

     @pawn, I do believe there has been a series of the Linares games on the internet chess club site (ICC).  Not sure if they still have it, but I'll be happy to check for you,if you want. 

  • 3 years ago


    Would be nice if strong and steady sponsors (Google, Facebook, Apple, RIM), working with the FIDE would divide prestigious traditional tournaments and maintain financial backing for them to continue.

  • 3 years ago


    Kasparov won 9 times!. The best ever indeed.

  • 3 years ago


    Not an April fool's joke I'm afraid :-(

  • 3 years ago


    April fools?

  • 3 years ago


    Bad news, I hope this marvellous tournament  will return in 2013!

  • 3 years ago


    @Twobit...I would tend to agree with you.  If this event was so important it should have taken priority over less established tournaments.  Unless of course there is a problem with the top players being already committed to these other tournaments.  But I agree with you here....finances probably did play a big part on the tournament being cancelled.

  • 3 years ago


    This would have been a great tourney it is sad that it is not to be. I also agree with pawnslinger that would be a great series.

  • 3 years ago


    Is this another April fool joke??

  • 3 years ago


    If it is the "Wimbeldon", it should have some seniority over other dates and its date should not depend so much on other tournaments. I think it is still more of an economic issue as if enough prize money offered that would entice players to prefer Linares over other options.

  • 3 years ago


    @ Mark - always glad to link to a great blog. I pinched the Linares logo as well. Wink

  • 3 years ago


    Sorry to hear this.  A video series on the greatest games from Linares might be a nice (and instructive) tribute to this great tournament series.

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for the referral Ryan.

    I was really hoping for this tourney to return, especially since we lost the Amber Blitz, but it just wasn't meant to be.


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