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List of strong chess tournaments

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List of strong chess tournaments

Magnus Carlsen vs. Levon Aronian at Linares 2007
Typical tournament crosstable, showing individual and total scores

This article depicts many of the strongest international chess tournaments in history.


Tournament Book for the Lake Hopatcong tourney of 1926 (pub: Madrid 1973)

The following list is not intended to be an exhaustive or definitive record of tournament chess, but takes as its foundation the collective opinion of chess experts and journalists (see references below) over the strongest tournaments in history.

Events that merit inclusion have been largely judged according to the strength (and relative strength in depth) of their participants. Other factors were taken into account, but have less influence; for example the quality of chess played, the closeness of the contest and the number of world top 10 and/or 'big reputation' players that took part. Inevitably, this introduces a degree of subjectivity, but the vast majority of tournaments in the list range from FIDE Category 10 to FIDE category 21 and beyond.

The list comprises only regular open or invitational tournaments held at classical time controls with more than four players. Competitions such as World Championship finals, Zonals, Interzonals, Candidates Tournaments, City Championships and team competitions have been omitted for reasons of consistency and clarity. Of course, had they been included, then many of them, particularly the Soviet Championships, would have featured prominently.

The names of the tournament winners have been included next to the year and venue. Many of the tournaments have had books written about them (such

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