Friday, February 6, 2009
Linares Chess Tournament 2009 - A Historical Look at the "Wimbledon of Chess"
With Linares 2009 fast approaching, I thought it would be interesting to see who has won over the years since the tournaments first gathering in 1978. For those not familiar with the Linares tournament (sometimes referred to as the Morelia - Linares Tournament) it is regarded as one of the strongest annual chess tournaments held each year.
Tied for Win
Ljubomir Ljubojević - Tied for win 1985
Robert Hübner - Tied for win 1985
Péter Lékó - Tied for win 2003
1 Clear Victory
Jaan Eslon - 1978 Winner
Boris Spassky - 1983 Winner
Jan Timman - Winner 1988
Levon Aronian - Winner 2006
1 Clear Victory + Ties
Larry Christiansen - 1979 Winner, Tied for win 1981
Anatoly Karpov - Tied for win 1981, Winner in 1994
Vladimir Kramnik - Winner 2004, tied 2000, tied 2003.
2 Clear Victories + 1 Tie
Vassily Ivanchuk - Winner 1989, 1991, 1995 (won on tiebreak)
3 Clear Victories
Viswanathan Anand - Winner 1998, 2007, 2008
8 Clear Victories + 1 Tie
Garry Kasparov - Winner 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, tied 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005 (won on tiebreak),
As the past shows, Garry Kasparov has definitely dominated the tournament that is often referred to as the "Wimbledon of Chess".
As more information is announced about Linares 2009, I will post it on the blog here. Should be another excellent tournament! Coming off of an amazingly interesting Corus 2009, this year is shaping up to be one for the history books in terms of quality top-level chess tournaments.
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