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Linares 1988
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The 6th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez "Ciudad de Linares" was organized under the direction of Luis Rentero Suarez. No tournament was held in 1986, and Linares hosted the Karpov - Sokolov Candidates Final (1987) instead of the regular event, so three years had passed. Eleven grandmasters and one IM competed in the round robin: Jan Timman (Elo rated #3), Alexander Beliavsky (#4), Predrag Nikolic (#6), Artur Yusupov (#12), John Nunn (#14), Ljubomir Ljubojevic (#15), Lajos Portisch (#16), Kiril Georgiev (#23), Murray Chandler (#25), Johann Hjartarson (#26), Maia Chiburdanidze (#48) and Miguel Illescas (#149). Nikolic, Ljubojevic and Georgiev had played in Hoogovens (1988), which ended 24 January. Timman, Yusupov, Portisch and Hjartarson came from the Candidates preliminary matches in Saint John (Canada) which ended in the beginning of February. The twelve participants stayed at the newly constructed Hotel Anibal. Rentero would eventually buy this hotel, to host players for the annual tournament. Anatoly Karpov (#2) was meant to play, but withdrew. He was replaced by Chiburdanidze, the Women's World Champion. Rentero sent a note to the players threatening them not to be invited again if they "confused the stay with a vacation". The games were played in Hotel Anibal. Time control: 40 moves in 2½ hours.

Timman scored 6.5 points in the first seven rounds, and cruised to victory with 8.5/11. He did lose one game, to Chandler in Round 9. Beliavsky delivered as expected, and lost only to Timman. Yusupov was third, with two wins and nine draws. Nikolic disappointed this time. Illescas had Francisco Javier Ochoa De Echaguen as coach and assistant, and took 5.5/11, which was enough to secure him his second GM norm. Because the opposition was so strong, two norms were enough to earn him the grandmaster title. He became the youngest GM in the history of Spain. He received a standing ovation from the audience, and was congratulated by Karpov, who had just finished an exhibition.

Hotel Anibal, Linares, Spain, 23 February - 7 March 1988

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Timman 36 2676 * 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 8½ 2 Beliavsky 34 2645 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 7 3 Yusupov 28 2620 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 6½ 4 Chandler 27 2590 1 0 ½ * 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6 5 Ljubojevic 37 2610 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 6 6 Portisch 50 2610 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 0 5½ 7 Illescas 22 2495 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5½ 8 Georgiev 22 2595 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 ½ ½ 1 5½ 9 Nunn 32 2615 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 1 ½ 1 5½ 10 Hjartarson 25 2590 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 4 11 Nikolic 27 2630 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 3½ 12 Chiburdanidze 27 2560 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 ½ * 2½

Category: XV (2602). Chief arbiter: Victor Davidovich Baturinsky.

Timman and Ljubojevic immediately went to the 2nd Euwe Memorial (1988) which started March 10th.

There is a tournament book: Miguel Illescas et al. (eds), Supertorneo Internacional Linares 1988. Ediciones Eseuve, Madrid 1988. 189 pp.

Sources

FIDE rating list January 1988 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...)
La Vanguardia, 9 March 1988, p. 44 (http://hemeroteca.lavanguardia.com/...)
Jaque 237 (1 April 1988), pp. 162-171 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
Leontxo García in El País, 8 March 1988 (https://elpais.com/diario/1988/03/0...)
Leontxo García in El País, 9 March 1988 (https://elpais.com/diario/1988/03/0...)
Jaque 236 (15 March 1988), pp. 135-139 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
Leontxo García in El País, 23 February 1988 (https://elpais.com/diario/1988/02/2...)
Roman Toran Albero in ABC (Madrid), 8 March 1988, p. 82 (http://hemeroteca.abc.es/nav/Naviga...)
Gunnar Johansson in Tidskrift för Schack, April 1988, pp. 113-115 (http://www.schack.se/tfsarkiv/histo...)
Javier Cordero Fernández in Ajedrez de Ataque, 18 January 2006 (http://www.ajedrezdeataque.com/05%2...)

Previous edition: Linares (1985). Next: Linares (1989)

Original collections: Game Collection: Linares 1988 by User: suenteus po 147 and Game Collection: Linares 1988 by User: Tabanus. Round dates (from El Mundo Deportivo): February 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, March 1, 3, 4, 5, 7.

Round 1 February 23
Beliavsky vs Chiburdanidze, 1988
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 42 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

P Nikolic vs Yusupov, 1988 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

Illescas Cordoba vs Chandler, 1988
(B58) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs Hjartarson, 1988
(C11) French, 31 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Ljubojevic, 1988
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 February 24
Timman vs Portisch, 1988
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kiril D Georgiev vs Chiburdanidze, 1988
(A15) English, 51 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Nunn, 1988
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs P Nikolic, 1988 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 34 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Beliavsky, 1988
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hjartarson vs Illescas Cordoba, 1988
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 February 25
Beliavsky vs Chandler, 1988 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Chiburdanidze vs Yusupov, 1988
(A84) Dutch, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Illescas Cordoba vs Ljubojevic, 1988
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Timman, 1988
(C11) French, 54 moves, 0-1

Portisch vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Nikolic vs Hjartarson, 1988
(A62) Benoni, Fianchetto Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 February 27
Kiril D Georgiev vs Yusupov, 1988
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Nunn, 1988
(E73) King's Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs Chiburdanidze, 1988 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs P Nikolic, 1988
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Illescas Cordoba, 1988 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

Hjartarson vs Beliavsky, 1988
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 February 28
P Nikolic vs Timman, 1988
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Yusupov vs Chandler, 1988
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Ljubojevic, 1988
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Illescas Cordoba vs Portisch, 1988
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chiburdanidze vs Hjartarson, 1988
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 6 February 29
Portisch vs P Nikolic, 1988 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Ljubojevic vs Chiburdanidze, 1988
(A16) English, 46 moves, 1-0

Timman vs Beliavsky, 1988
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs Illescas Cordoba, 1988
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kiril D Georgiev vs Chandler, 1988
(B58) Sicilian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hjartarson vs Yusupov, 1988
(C18) French, Winawer, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 March 1
P Nikolic vs Nunn, 1988
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chiburdanidze vs Timman, 1988
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 0-1

Yusupov vs Ljubojevic, 1988
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs Hjartarson, 1988
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 42 moves, 1-0

Illescas Cordoba vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Portisch, 1988 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 36 moves, 1-0

Round 8 March 3
Ljubojevic vs Chandler, 1988
(E15) Queen's Indian, 45 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Chiburdanidze, 1988
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 55 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Yusupov, 1988
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Beliavsky, 1988
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 62 moves, 0-1

Illescas Cordoba vs P Nikolic, 1988
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kiril D Georgiev vs Hjartarson, 1988
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 March 4
Chiburdanidze vs Nunn, 1988 
(E92) King's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Hjartarson vs Ljubojevic, 1988
(A04) Reti Opening, 25 moves, 0-1

P Nikolic vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chandler vs Timman, 1988
(C18) French, Winawer, 38 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Illescas Cordoba, 1988
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Portisch, 1988
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 March 5
Portisch vs Chandler, 1988
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Illescas Cordoba vs Chiburdanidze, 1988
(B27) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Timman vs Hjartarson, 1988
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

P Nikolic vs Beliavsky, 1988
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Yusupov, 1988 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 76 moves, 0-1

Kiril D Georgiev vs Ljubojevic, 1988 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 74 moves, 1-0

Round 11 March 7
Chandler vs Nunn, 1988
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Hjartarson vs Portisch, 1988
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Chiburdanidze vs P Nikolic, 1988
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Illescas Cordoba, 1988
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ljubojevic vs Timman, 1988 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Beliavsky vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

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