Linares chess tournamentLinares in the Jaén province of Andalusia, Spain in which it is held. Its importance is such that it is sometimes described as the Wimbledon of chess.
The event, sponsored by Luis Rentero, was first held in 1978. At that time it was not an elite event, and was won by the relatively unknown Swede Jaan Eslon. After the following year's event, it was held every other year until 1987 when there was no tournament, Linares instead being the site of the Candidates Final (the match to determine who played World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov for his title) between Anatoly Karpov and Andrei Sokolov. Since 1988 it has been held every year with the exception of 1996.
As of 2004, Linares is a seven-player, double-round-robin event (that is, each participant plays everybody else twice, once with each colour).