Linares has been for a long time the heart of chess. The history of the events held in this city goes back to 1978. It started as a non-elite tournament until 1987, when the tournament was postponed, as the city was hosting a very important event – the Candidates’ Final between Karpov and Sokolov. Starting with 1988, it became the home of the elite event everybody knows. It continued until 2010 with the exception of 1993, when the Women’s World Championship was held here.
Even though the economical situation has made it impossible for Linares to host this strong event again, the city hasn’t turned its back to chess. For a few years now, the traditional tournament has been replaced by the Spanish National Championships (team and individuals).
This year’s chess festival has started on 8th of August, with the Team Championship – Primera Division and will end on 31st of August with the Open Championship. From 8 to 14 of August, 7 teams have been battling in a round-robin tournament for two very important goals – to ascend to the higher league, Division de Honor, on one hand, and avoid descending to the lower one on the other.
The winning team was Jaime Casas and, together with our team, Equigoma Casa Social Catolica de Avila, who had the same number of points but worse tiebreak, will be playing next year in the very strong Division de Honor. We had a great tournament as a team and, in spite of losing the first round, managed to win all the remaining 6 matches, including the encounter with the champion team.
Linares takes no break from chess this month. From 15th of August you can follow both Women Championship and Division de Honor. The tournaments can be watched live on chess24 or on the official website, which also has live video. Don’t miss the Open Championship either! It will be streamed live on the same websites right after these two events come to an end.