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Jaan Eslon
Number of games in database: 162
Years covered: 1973 to 1997
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +43 -49 =66 (48.1%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (8) 
    B44 B93 B20 B58 B29
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D94 D83 D70 D91 D76
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C86 C60 C78 C89 C63
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E30 E32 E21 E53 E39
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D56 D58 D54 D63 D51
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A57 A65 A56 A70
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C67 C99 C69 C72 C71
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E21 E48 E58 E43 E25
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (6) 
    C99 C95 C84 C96
 Dutch Defense (4) 
 Reti System (4) 
 King's Indian (4) 
    E62 E92 E80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Eslon vs G Clarke, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Palma de Mallorca Open (1991)
   Ermua (1990)
   Toth Memorial (1983)
   Amsterdam OHRA-B (1986)
   Ibercaja Open (1991)
   Biel (1984)
   San Sebastian Open (1991)
   Mislata Open (1993)
   Regency Masters (1984)

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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

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Eslon vs A Ornstein  0-1381972SWE-chB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. J Eslon vs G Clarke 1-0101973IslingtonC60 Ruy Lopez
3. J E Littlewood vs J Eslon  1-0551973GRE Islington OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
4. G A Jones vs J Eslon  0-1541973GRE Islington OpenE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
5. Timman vs J Eslon 1-0491973GRE Islington OpenC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
6. M Albano vs J Eslon  1-0201974Imperia opC71 Ruy Lopez
7. J Eslon vs Keene  ½-½261975Barcelona ZonalE13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
8. J Eslon vs Sosonko  0-1401975Barcelona ZonalE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
9. O Jakobsen vs J Eslon  1-0681975Barcelona ZonalE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
10. K Janetschek vs J Eslon  ½-½401975Barcelona ZonalB02 Alekhine's Defense
11. J Eslon vs Filip  1-0411975EU-chT sfC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
12. J Adamski vs J Eslon  1-0621975EU-chT sfE92 King's Indian
13. Filip vs J Eslon  ½-½401975EU-chT sfE14 Queen's Indian
14. J Eslon vs M Czerniak  ½-½471976BielC03 French, Tarrasch
15. A Pomar Salamanca vs J Eslon  ½-½171977AlicanteE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. J Eslon vs Keene  0-1601977AlicanteA04 Reti Opening
17. J Eslon vs Soler  0-1401977AlicanteB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
18. J Eslon vs R Jamieson  ½-½301977Hoogovens-BA04 Reti Opening
19. Kupreichik vs J Eslon  1-0431977Hoogovens-BC45 Scotch Game
20. J Eslon vs J Szmetan  0-1391977Hoogovens-BC45 Scotch Game
21. F van der Vliet vs J Eslon  ½-½721977Hoogovens-BE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. J Eslon vs R Hartoch  ½-½141977Hoogovens-BB06 Robatsch
23. Van der Sterren vs J Eslon  1-0411977Hoogovens-BC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. J Eslon vs L Popov  ½-½731977Hoogovens-BA04 Reti Opening
25. R Witt vs J Eslon  1-0351977Hoogovens-BA16 English
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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.
May-15-07  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.

Aug-21-21  Nosnibor: Played Eslon in the 1973/74 Hastings Challengers which ended in a long fought draw where I had a rook and Queen against his Queen. He did not take the result very well and offered to play me casual games for money which I did not go along with.
Aug-21-21  Nosnibor: I should have said Rook and Knight against Eslon`s Queen.

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