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Austrian Chess Bundesliga with strong participation

The Tech Gate, venue of the Austria Schach Bundesliga

The Austrian Bundesliga is starting this weekend with record strong participation. The line-up of top teams SK Sparkasse Jenbach, Champion of 2010 and 2011, and SK Advisory Invest Baden, Champion of 2008, reaches an average rating above 2600, while about half of the players in the league are Grandmasters.

Top players include GM Jobava Baadur, GM Andrei Volokitin, GM Csaba Balogh, GM Mateusz Bartel, GM Markus Ragger, GM Zoltan Gyimesi, GM Michael Roiz, GM Igor Kurnosov, GM Jan Gustafsson, GM Luka Lenic, GM Alexander Beliavsky, GM Rainer Buhmann, GM David Baramidze, GM Eduardas Rozentalis, GM Bartosz Socko, etc.

The league consists of twelve teams, three of which will have to relegate to the second league. Match points count first. The season is played throughout three long week-ends. This year´s the league is starting late to fulfill Jenbach´s wish to stage one such week-end, which is only feasible after the end of the skiing season in this Tyrolean town. Thus, the three rounds to be played this Friday to Sunday, 20 to 22 January, are the first of the season.

The Tech Gate, a science and technology park situated next to the Danube in the UNO-City quarter, provides a spectacular setting on its top floor with the games being played in front of Vienna´s night skyline on Friday (transmission starts 4.15 pm CET) and its day skyline on Saturday (transmission from 2.15 pm CET) and Sunday (transmission from 10.15 am). A children´s programme, an exhibition on the history of chess in schools, a fundraiser and a players´ party round up the event.

It may come as a surprise to you, but Vienna hasn´t staged a Bundesliga round since 1997 in spite of the capital being about the only place in Austria where the League can attract a large crowd. Online transmissions go back about ten years, making the Austrian Bundesliga maybe the first league that has been fully transmitted live on the web. A running commentary in German is livestreamed for the first time.

Official website and live transmission at http://live.schachbundesliga.at/

Schach Bundesliga Austria lineups

1. SV Raika Rapid Feffernitz (RtgAvg:2476 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Lenic Luka 2637 SLO
2 IM Sebenik Matej 2529 SLO
3 GM Okhotnik Vladimir 2467 UKR
4 IM Gostisa Leon 2420 SLO
5 IM Diermair Andreas 2429 AUT
6 Novak Pavel 2370 CZE
7 FM Schreiner Peter 2371 AUT
8 FM Kavcic Zan 2265 SLO
9 FM Perhinig Robert 2253 AUT
10 Tschohl Christof 2171 AUT
11 Arztmann Wolfgang 2146 AUT
12 Reiss Georg 2132 AUT
13 Koefeler Christian 2028 AUT
14 Pacher Simon 1936 AUT
15 Tscharnuter Hannes 2043 AUT
16 Arztmann Nils 1760 AUT
2. SK Sparkasse Jenbach (RtgAvg:2618 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Volokitin Andrei 2695 UKR
2 GM Gustafsson Jan 2643 GER
3 GM Gyimesi Zoltan 2652 HUN
4 GM Schlosser Philipp 2591 GER
5 GM Acs Peter 2587 HUN
6 GM Bischoff Klaus 2537 GER
7 GM Boensch Uwe 2530 GER
8 GM Kindermann Stefan 2511 AUT
9 IM Lehner Oliver 2453 AUT
10 FM Deglmann Ludwig 2324 GER
11 IM Reich Thomas 2388 GER
12 GM Stangl Markus 2443 GER
13 MK Schnegg Daniel 2134 AUT
14 MK Hoellrigl Wilfried 2186 AUT
15 WFM Stangl Anita 2131 GER
16 Schnegg Anna-Lena 2017 AUT
3. SK Advisory Invest Baden (RtgAvg:2645 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Jobava Baadur 2704 GEO
2 GM Balogh Csaba 2665 HUN
3 GM Socko Bartosz 2636 POL
4 GM Bartel Mateusz 2658 POL
5 GM Beliavsky Alexander 2630 SLO
6 GM Jankovic Alojzije 2568 CRO
7 GM Ruck Robert 2579 HUN
8 GM Shengelia David 2558 AUT
9 GM Siebrecht Sebastian 2468 GER
10 IM Loeffler Stefan 2424 GER
11 FM Bawart Markus 2408 AUT
12 IM Lendwai Reinhard 2395 AUT
13 WGM Schneider Veronika 2312 HUN
14 Herndlbauer Martin 2140 AUT
15 Trippold Denise 1737 AUT
16 Varga Johannes 1669 AUT
4. SpGem. Kufstein Wörgl (RtgAvg:2480 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Kunin Vitaly 2537 GER
2 GM Hertneck Gerald 2531 GER
3 GM Teske Henrik 2550 GER
4 GM Marcelin Cyril 2477 FRA
5 IM Zelbel Patrick 2379 GER
6 IM Koepke Christian 2404 GER
7 IM Halasz Tamas 2356 HUN
8 FM Bertagnolli Alexander 2376 ITA
9 FM Berchtenbreiter Maximilian 2330 GER
10 FM Neuschmied Siegfried 2308 AUT
11 WGM Levushkina Elena 2310 RUS
12 Maurer Jochen 2272 GER
13 Rusche Johannes 2233 GER
14 FM Pitschka Claus 2235 GER
5. SK Zwettl (RtgAvg:2420 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Polak Tomas 2535 CZE
2 GM Likavsky Tomas 2486 SVK
3 GM Blatny Pavel 2396 CZE
4 IM Schroll Gerhard 2388 AUT
5 IM Pisk Petr 2385 CZE
6 IM Vyskocil Neklan 2320 CZE
7 FM Buchnicek Petr 2330 CZE
8 NM Wagner Stefan 2156 AUT
9 FM Janetschek Karl 2259 AUT
10 Vykydal Frantisek 2134 CZE
11 Fiala Vaclav 2163 CZE
12 Stadler Peter 2159 AUT
13 Mlynek Petr 2126 CZE
14 Prager Manfred 2060 AUT
6. SIR Bernhard Glatz (RtgAvg:2471 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 IM Huschenbeth Niclas 2510 GER
2 GM Prusikin Michael 2545 GER
3 IM Bromberger Stefan 2513 GER
4 IM Drabke Lorenz 2439 GER
5 IM Feuerstack Aljoscha 2438 GER
6 FM Geske Julian 2383 GER
7 IM Pitl Gregory 2377 GER
8 FM Schramm Christian 2371 GER
9 Sutkovic Damir 0 BIH
10 FM Mons Leon 2311 GER
11 Huch Reiner 2321 GER
12 Durakovic Alman 2201 BIH
13 Pflug Mathias 2288 GER
14 Lickleder Andreas 2241 GER
15 Azad Razik 2152 AUT
16 Prodinger Johannes 1627 AUT
7. ASVÖ Signum Siebdruck St. Veit/Glan (RtgAvg:2511 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Bosiocic Marin 2580 AUT
2 GM Prohaszka Peter 2547 HUN
3 GM Rogic Davor 2571 CRO
4 GM Ribli Zoltan 2588 HUN
5 IM Jurkovic Hrvoje 2412 CRO
6 Stefaner Franz 2209 AUT
7 IM Hoelzl Franz 2336 AUT
8 IM Mazi Leon 2370 SLO
9 FM Kaspret Guido 2292 AUT
10 FM Hebesberger Thomas 2329 AUT
11 FM Dietmayer-Kraeutler Marco 2212 AUT
12 Salihovic Amar 2183 BIH
13 Kuess Mario 2106 AUT
14 Knapp Friedrich 2035 AUT
15 Di Vora Patrick 1867 AUT
16 Knapp Andreas 1616 AUT
8. SK Hohenems (RtgAvg:2562 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Baramidze David 2607 GER
2 GM Rozentalis Eduardas 2592 LTU
3 GM Braun Arik 2568 GER
4 GM Naumann Alexander 2541 GER
5 GM Bindrich Falko 2542 GER
6 GM Bezold Michael 2523 GER
7 IM Atlas Valery 2413 AUT
8 IM Froewis Georg 2424 AUT
9 IM Novkovic Milan 2381 AUT
10 FM Baldauf Marco 2374 GER
11 FM Amann Günter 2360 AUT
12 IM Gaertner Guntram 2324 AUT
13 FM Atlas Dmitry 2291 AUT
14 Burschowsky Matthias 2229 AUT
15 Hofer Emilian 1869 AUT
16 Nussbaumer Leon 1862 AUT
9. ASVÖ Wulkaprodersdorf (RtgAvg:2509 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Antoniewski Rafal Ing. 2559 POL
2 IM Kraemer Martin 2492 GER
3 GM Berczes David 2560 HUN
4 GM Polzin Rainer 2460 GER
5 IM Schneider Ilja 2482 GER
6 GM Kalod Radek 2500 CZE
7 IM Thiede Lars 2458 GER
8 Abel Dennes 2427 GER
9 IM Volkmann Friedrich Karl 2410 AUT
10 FM Schweda Roland 2447 AUT
11 WIM Kopinits Anna-Christina 2257 AUT
12 FM Sandhu Mario 2299 AUT
13 NM Wanderer Thomas 2223 AUT
14 WFM Exler Veronika 2123 AUT
10. SK MPÖ Maria Saal (RtgAvg:2537 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Ragger Markus 2655 AUT
2 GM Buhmann Rainer 2617 GER
3 GM Pavasovic Dusko 2557 SLO
4 GM Bunzmann Dimitrij 2484 GER
5 IM Schlindwein Rolf 2412 GER
6 FM Balzar Andreas 2336 GER
7 GM Tratar Marko 2499 SLO
8 IM Kreisl Robert 2406 AUT
9 FM Halvax Georg 2277 AUT
10 FM Schachinger Mario 2391 AUT
11 FM Hartl Daniel 2288 AUT
12 MK Ertl Johann 2274 AUT
13 FM Horvath Gabor 2269 HUN
14 MK Reschun Sascha 2244 AUT
15 Rieger Robert 2156 AUT
16 Eichert Wolfgang 2161 AUT
11. ASVÖ Pöchlarn/Mauerbach (RtgAvg:2434 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 IM Fauland Alexander 2452 AUT
2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2454 GER
3 GM Farago Ivan 2497 HUN
4 IM Pötsch Hagen 2408 GER
5 FM Tuncer Ufuk 2289 TUR
6 Graf Felix 2367 GER
7 GM Kostic Vladimir 2424 SCG
8 IM Weinzettl Ernst 2301 AUT
9 FM Penz Harald 2349 AUT
10 FM Rumpl Erwin 2320 AUT
11 MK Loidl Florian 2192 AUT
12 Steinmueller Guenther 2208 AUT
13 Lammer Stefan 2099 AUT
14 Gattermayer Robert 2026 AUT
12. SK Sparkasse Fürstenfeld (RtgAvg:2579 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0)
Bo. Name Rtg FED
1 GM Roiz Michael 2652 ISR
2 GM Kurnosov Igor 2648 RUS
3 GM Rapport Richard 2543 HUN
4 GM Mikhalevski Victor 2525 ISR
5 GM Hera Imre 2558 HUN
6 IM Wach Markus 2373 AUT
7 GM Pinter Jozsef 2546 HUN
8 IM Schenk Andreas 2499 GER
9 IM Poetz Florian 2419 AUT
10 IM Kuba Guenter 2384 AUT
11 Feher Adam 2340 HUN
12 FM Postl Anton 2270 AUT
13 Radnetter Georg 2269 AUT
14 Rabel Christoph 2245 AUT
15 Hatzl Stefan 2162 AUT

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