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Karpov shows up at German Bundesliga

SchachbundesligaThe German Chess Bundesliga is taking place from October 10th 2012 until April 7th 2013. This is the most important long-term club event in the world.

The 9th and 10th rounds were played this weekend. The favorite team of  Baden-Baden maintained its perfect score and obtained a very important victory against second placed SG Solingen.

9th round

Werder Bremen, that’s not having a very good season, played against SV Mülheim Nord in a very exciting match-up. First, Mülheim scored a point on the last board before the first time control. Bremen answered with a victory by Finnish GM Tony Nyback on 72 moves, and the show was just beginning. Konstantin Landa made huge efforts to get a full point in a R+K vs R endgame until move 116, while Luke McShane tried to convert his pawn advantage in a queen’s endgame for 147 moves! Final score: 4-4.

The team SG Solingen had a very important match in the 9th round. They played against SG Trier and managed to score a victory by the smallest margin. Daniel Stellwagen and Chanda Sandpian suffered losses against lower rated players, so the rest of the team had to buckle up and look for ways to squeeze a win. The decisive point came on the first board, where GM Markus Ragger needed 101 moves to overcome GM Tornike Sanikidze. Final score: 4.5-3.5.

Markus Ragger

GM Markus Ragger

10th round

The first highlight of the round was the honorable presence of the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov, who made his first appearance of the season for his team SV 1930 Hockenheim. The legendary Russian drew against his young compatriot Evgeny Alekseev. Nonetheless, Karpov’s presence had a good effect on his teammates, who achieved a victory thanks to wins on the second and fifth board by GM Rainer Buhmann and GM Zoltan Ribli.

This round was also very important for SC Solingen. They had the chance to overcome the strongest team of the tournament in their direct encounter. However, Baden-Baden demonstrated why they are the defending champions and defeated their biggest rivals 5-3, thanks to wins by GM Alexei Shirov and GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov.

12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov

Standings after 10 rounds:

1 OSG Baden-Baden 20 57.5
2 SG Solingen 17 50.5
3 SV Mülheim Nord 15 50
4 SC Eppingen 14 48.5
5 Wiesbadener SV 13 43.5
6 SV 1930 Hockenheim 12 43
7 SK Turm Emsdetten 11 45
8 SV Wattenscheid 1930 11 44
9 SG Trier 11 40.5
10 Hamburger SK 10 40
11 Werder Bremen 9 38.5
12 SF Katernberg 8 39.5
13 SF Berlin 1903 5 34
14 SK Norderstedt 2 21.5
15 SC Forchheim 2 20.5
16 SV Griesheim 0 23.5


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