Spanish Team Championship – Primera Divison

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.

The champions of Linares on display in Hotel Anibal, the official hotel of the tournament

The champions of Linares on display in Hotel Anibal, the official hotel of the tournament

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 For a few years now, the traditional tournament has been replaced by the Spanish National Championships (team and individuals).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.

The main wall of Hotel Anibal

The main wall of Hotel Anibal

Plaza de Ayuntamiento de Linares

Plaza de Ayuntamiento de Linares

The commercial street of Linares

The commercial street of Linares

The playing hall

The playing hall

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga playing for Equigoma

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga playing on the 1st board of Equigoma

GM Julen Arizmendi, 2nd board of Equigoma

GM Julen Arizmendi, 2nd board of Equigoma

IM Renier Castellanos, 3rd board of Equigoma

IM Renier Castellanos, 3rd board of Equigoma

FM Juan Corral, 4th board of Equigoma

FM Juan Corral, 4th board of Equigoma

GM Vladimir Baklan playing for Jaime Casas

GM Vladimir Baklan playing for Jaime Casas

2nd board of Jaime Casas - soon to be GM Daniel Forcen

2nd board of Jaime Casas – soon to be GM Daniel Forcen

Equigoma vs Stadium Casablanca

Equigoma vs Stadium Casablanca

IM Anna Rudolf playing for Jaime Casas

IM Anna Rudolf playing for Jaime Casas

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga and WIM Raluca Sgircea

GM Eduardo Iturrizaga and WIM Raluca Sgircea

IM Diego Adla playing for Stadium Casablanca

IM Diego Adla playing for Stadium Casablanca

A very worried captain of Equigoma Casa Social Catolica Avila

A very worried captain of Equigoma Casa Social Catolica de Avila

Equigoma receiving their trophy

Equigoma receiving their trophy

ThinkingSquares with GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic, who now lives in Linares

ThinkingSquares with GM Ljubomir Ljubojevic, who lives in Linares

A relaxed team of Equigoma after the closing ceremony

A relaxed team of Equigoma after the closing ceremony

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