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Linares! Linares?

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2/12/10, 3:42 AM.

The opening ceremony of Linares, one of the most prestigious chess tournaments in the world, takes place today.

The tournament has slimmed down this year from eight players to six, as the credit crunch continues to bite.  For a while it was quite possible that the event might even be cancelled, after a plan to split the event with Dubai came to naught.

So who will be gracing the boards at Linares 2010?  Top seed is former World Champion Veselin Topalov (pictured), who we haven't seen much action from lately as he prepares for his match with champion Vishy Anand in April.

Back as defending champion is Alexander Grischuk, who has been showing very impressive form lately.  Perhaps his flirtation with professional poker may be put further on the backburner if he continues his winning chess exploits.

Also returning from last year is the popular Armenian Lev Aronian. Aronian had a disappointing Linares in 2009, but at #5 in the world he is always a contender in any tournament.

Three time Azerbaijan champion, Vugar Gashimov has been quietly making a name for himself for a number of years, and now gets a chance to shine in a prestigious invitation event.

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World Cup winner Boris Gelfand is another regular top-10 player gracing Linares this year.  At 41, Gelfand is the veteran of the field and provided the chess picture of 2009, which I now have an excuse to use again...

Finally, rounding out the field of six is local hopeful Francisco Vallejo Pons.

 

Name Rank  Rating
Veselin Topalov 2 2805
Lev Aronian 5 2781
Boris Gelfand 6 2761
Vugar Gashimov 7 2759
Alexander Grischuk 15 2736
Francisco Vallejo Pons 31 2705


The double round-robin tournament runs from 13-24 February with rest days on the 17th and 22nd.  Games start at 4pm local time (CET) in Spain, and IM David Pruess will provide live coverage of round 1, tomorrow at 8:30 AM Pacific, at www.chess.com/tv.

A live relay of the moves is also available at the official website here.

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  • 5 years ago

    leunamciden

      Any  body of them can make it the top for the reason that they are both strong woodpussher. we just hope that we can watch good games.

  • 5 years ago

    Jinnka

    Bobby Fischer is going to win!!!

  • 5 years ago

    Kolovrat

     Muhammad333 I think you are forgetting how Aronian defeated Anand in the last several tournaments. 

  • 5 years ago

    EDUARDABABAYAN

    Muhammad333, thanks for your comments. In the meantime, I am not going to argue with you about Aronian's skills. For sure, folks know about his skills and Gashimov's "A LOT better"...

  • 5 years ago

    EDUARDABABAYAN

    Again, Topalov will not play at his full power to keep the "powder" dry until his championship match with Anand. Or wise-verse to make a statement; however, I don't think it will scare the World Champion.

  • 5 years ago

    Muhammad333

    But I do disagree with you,  EDUARDABABAYAN, in something.I do not believe that L. Aronian will stand a chance in the tournament. He does not have the skill. Gashimov is A LOT better. He, Gashimov, actually has a good chance of winning.

  • 5 years ago

    Muhammad333

    I agree 101% with  EDUARDABABAYAN. GO GASHIMOV!!! He will win! Can people please send me a messege on who they support. I would like to take a survey.

  • 5 years ago

    EDUARDABABAYAN

    I really wish young talentet man Vugar Gashimov to succeed in this tournament. We both were born in Baku, Azerbaijan as the legendary Garry Kasparov. Go Vugar!

  • 5 years ago

    EDUARDABABAYAN

    I think it will be between two winners: World Cup - B. Gelfand and FIDE Grand Prix - L. Aronian. Perhaps, new Russian champion - A. Grischuk is capable to make a "noise".

    V. Topalov? I don't think so. Hi is looking for something big and will not show his secrets to V. Anand. Hi participates for practices purposes only since he is the only one from elite players who doesn't play so often...

  • 5 years ago

    PhilipN

    For those of you who are Carlsen fans and also Linares fans:

    http://players.chessdom.com/magnus-carlsen/carlsen-linares-2011

  • 5 years ago

    Piracetam

    Topalov is the best

  • 5 years ago

    virax

    Definitely rooting for Gelfand, I love his games.

  • 5 years ago

    toppace

    Gelfand will show us how to play the slav and wins this tourney!

  • 5 years ago

    ASpieboy

    Get out of here, you Carlsen groupies! You're nothing but a bunch of pathetic spammers.

  • 5 years ago

    pawngenius

    Go Carlsen!  Even you don't play in Linares, you're still the real champion!

  • 5 years ago

    toni_the_man

    i thinck aronian finish first. also topalov can winn but he must hidents his debute for match with anand.

  • 5 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i hope they're all in good form, and we get to see some interesting chess. although the odds of him winning are miniscule, i'll be rooting for Gashimov! super-defender of the Benoni Defense!!

    i also like the other guys. should be good fun.

  • 5 years ago

    Chessingtonian

    I think regaining World Champion status is more important to Topalov than regaining the #1 FIDE rating or winning this tournament. Maybe the main objective is to "show" Anand something here - either bluff or double bluff - about his intentions later. He won't be bringing his best stuff.  

  • 5 years ago

    bobo_obi

    Of course Topalov is the best and good luck to him!!!

  • 5 years ago

    edgy_rhinx

    The chess world is like a TV show. People dance for some time in front of the camera, then it promptly switches, so that audience is not bored.

    They organize competitions, where some players participate and others don't, then vice versa. In the end everybody earns a piece of pie.

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