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Jaan Eslon
Number of games in database: 69
Years covered: 1973 to 1997
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +11 -27 =27 (37.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C78 C60 C76 C86
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C99 C69 C95 C75 C66
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C99 C95
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   J Eslon vs G Clarke, 1973 1-0

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(born Mar-04-1952, died Sep-24-2000, 48 years old) Sweden (federation/nationality Spain)

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Born in Falkoping, Sweden, of Estonian descent. Awarded the IM title in 1977. Moved to Spain in 1982, living there until his death, becoming the first winner of the Linares International Chess Tournament in 1978.

Last updated: 2017-08-28 17:39:39

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 69  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Eslon vs G Clarke  1-0101973IslingtonC60 Ruy Lopez
2. Timman vs J Eslon  1-0491973GRE Islington OpenC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
3. M Albano vs J Eslon  1-0201974ImperiaC71 Ruy Lopez
4. K Janetschek vs J Eslon  ½-½401975Barcelona ZonalB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. J Eslon vs Keene  ½-½261975Barcelona ZonalE13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
6. O Jakobsen vs J Eslon  1-0681975Barcelona ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. J Eslon vs Sosonko  0-1401975Barcelona ZonalE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
8. J Eslon vs Filip  1-0411975EU-chT sfC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
9. Filip vs J Eslon  ½-½401975EU-chT sfE14 Queen's Indian
10. J Eslon vs M Czerniak  ½-½471976Biel SUIC03 French, Tarrasch
11. J Eslon vs Keene  0-1601977AlicanteA04 Reti Opening
12. J Eslon vs R Jamieson  ½-½301977Hoogovens-BA04 Reti Opening
13. Kupreichik vs J Eslon  1-0431977Hoogovens-BC45 Scotch Game
14. J Eslon vs J Szmetan  0-1391977Hoogovens-BC45 Scotch Game
15. F van der Vliet vs J Eslon  ½-½721977Hoogovens-BE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. J Eslon vs R Hartoch  ½-½141977Hoogovens-BB06 Robatsch
17. P Van der Sterren vs J Eslon  1-0411977Hoogovens-BC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
18. J Eslon vs L Popov  ½-½731977Hoogovens-BA04 Reti Opening
19. R Witt vs J Eslon  1-0351977Hoogovens-BA16 English
20. J Eslon vs J M Bellon Lopez 1-0251977Hoogovens-BB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. L Christiansen vs J Eslon  1-0411977Hoogovens-BA07 King's Indian Attack
22. J Eslon vs Z Krnic  ½-½711977Hoogovens-BB44 Sicilian
23. F J Ochoa De Echaguen vs J Eslon  ½-½731978LinaresB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
24. Korchnoi vs J Eslon 1-0371979LinaresA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
25. Keene vs J Eslon  ½-½471982MadridA56 Benoni Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-02-06  BIDMONFA: Jaan Eslon


Feb-21-07  Thrajin: This guy won the first-ever Linares tournament in 1978.
May-11-07  Knight13: So what he sucks. Every Linares is supposed to be filled with like 2700 rated players and this guy's like 2400.
May-13-07  Thrajin: Still, it's a distinction he holds, and it's good chess trivia. By the way, saying a 2400 player "sucks" seems a bit exaggerated...
May-14-07  Knight13: <By the way, saying a 2400 player "sucks" seems a bit exaggerated...> Just saying that 2400 winning a supposed-to-be-a-super-strong tournament shouldn't deserve that much credit. He won't stand a chance against those 2700 rated players that walked in later on.
May-15-07  Thrajin: No argument there. Trivia, my friend, it's all about chess trivia.
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  Legend: He was from Estonia.
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  perfidious: <Knight13: So what he sucks. Every Linares is supposed to be filled with like 2700 rated players and this guy's like 2400.>

The original Linares event in no way resembled the lineups to come in the early 1980s, much less the superstar-studded events which followed.

Have a go at the link below for more information:

<> Eslon died 24.9.2000 in Las Palmas.

In the mid 1980s, he was involved in the tournament bulletins during another of the Linares events, and when two players agreed a short draw, he referred to them as 'cabrones', believing this meant 'weak-willed individuals', but received a rude awakening when informed as to its correct definition ('cabron' is the Spanish word for cuckold).

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  GrahamClayton: Photo of Eslon receiving the trophy for his victory at Linares in 1978:

Eslon died from injuries received in a car accident.

Feb-04-12  King Death: < Knight13: So what he sucks. Every Linares is supposed to be filled with like 2700 rated players and this guy's like 2400.>

One more thing to add to the reply by <perfidious>, back in 1978 you couldn't have filled the Linares tournament with 2700 players because Karpov was the only player that was over 2700 on the FIDE list. On Chessmetrics, well that's another story.

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