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Schach Bundesliga – Rounds 12 and 13

Three teams have the chance to win the German chess championship

The 12th and 13th round of the Schachbundesliga will take place at 20th and 21th of March, 2010. The following article provides you with the pairings at the playing venues Emsdetten, Essen, Berlin and Munich.

Since many years there was no such tension in the Schachbundesliga as this year. Four rounds before the end of the season three teams have the chance to win the German championship – Baden-Baden, Werder Bremen and SG Solingen. The German champion Baden-Baden faces Emsdetten and Wattenscheid and is odds-on favourite just like Solingen, who faces the relegation candidates SK König Tegel and SF Berlin.

The most interesting encounter of the whole weekend will take place in Essen-Katernberg, where Werder Bremen meets Mülheim. Both teams are expected to play with many grandmasters. Mülheim is trying to save the fourth place in order to qualify for the European Club Cup. At least six teams are fighting against relegation. Especially at the playing venues Munich and Berlin-Tegel we can await some really hard-fought battles.

Bundes Jan Gustafsson

Jan Gustafsson

Bundes Arkadij Naiditsch

Arkadij Naiditsch

As in the previous rounds the Schachbundesliga publishes the lineups of the teams involved at the venue, where Baden-Baden is playing.

News and photos by Georgios Souleidis

12th round: Saturday, 20th of March 2010, 2 pm

Playing venue Emsdetten

SK Turm Emsdetten – OSG Baden-Baden
Mikheil Mchedlishvili 2613 – Alexei Shirov 2741
Anish Giri 2552 – Etienne Bacrot 2709
Wouter Spoelman 2554 – Arkadij Naiditsch 2685
Michael Feygin 2546 – Francisco Vallejo Pons 2696
Ruud Janssen 2520 – Peter Heine Nielsen 2687
Daan Brandenburg 2480 – Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2664
Roeland Pruijssers 2415 – Jan Gustafsson 2622
Christian Richter 2412 – Philipp Schlosser 2555

SV Wattenscheid – SK Heidelberg-Handschuhsheim

Evgeniy Najer 2681 – Viacheslav Ikonnikov 2558
Mateusz Bartel 2609 – Gennadi Ginsburg 2537
Pawel Czarnota 2537 – Vladimir Gurevic 2470
Leif Erlend Johannessen 2532 – Vadim Chernov 2433
Ralf Appel 2551 – Erasmus Gerigk 2335
Florian Handke 2513 – Jörg Schwalfenberg 2317
Georgios Souleidis 2429 – Christian Maier 2350
Timo Sträter 2347 – Hans-Joachim Vatter 2321

Playing venue Essen-Katernberg

SF Katernberg – Hamburger SK
SV Mülheim Nord – Werder Bremen

Playing venue Berlin-Tegel

SK König Tegel – SG Solingen
SF Berlin – SC Remagen

Playing venue Munich

Bayern München – SC Eppingen
Erfurter SK – SG Trier

13th round: Sunday, 21th of March 2010, 10 am

Playing venue Emsdetten

OSG Baden-Baden – SV Wattenscheid

Alexei Shirov 2741 – Evgeniy Najer 2681
Etienne Bacrot 2709 – Mateusz Bartel 2609
Arkadij Naiditsch 2685 – Pawel Czarnota 2537
Francisco Vallejo Pons 2696 – Leif Erlend Johannessen 2532
Peter Heine Nielsen 2687 – Ralf Appel 2551
Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2664 – Florian Handke 2513
Jan Gustafsson 2622 – Georgios Souleidis 2429
Philipp Schlosser 2555 – Timo Sträter 2347

SK Heidelberg-Handschuhsheim – SK Turm Emsdetten

Viacheslav Ikonnikov 2558 – Mikheil Mchedlishvili 2613
Gennadi Ginsburg 2537 – Anish Giri 2552
Vladimir Gurevic 2470 – Wouter Spoelman 2554
Vadim Chernov 2433 – Michael Feygin 2546
Erasmus Gerigk 2335 – Ruud Janssen 2520
Jörg Schwalfenberg 2317 – Daan Brandenburg 2480
Christian Maier 2350 – Thomas Fiebig 2416
Hans-Joachim Vatter 2321 – Roeland Pruijssers 2415

Playing venue Essen-Katernberg

Hamburger SK – SV Mülheim Nord
Werder Bremen – SF Katernberg

Playing venue Berlin-Tegel

SG Solingen – SF Berlin
SC Remagen – SK König Tegel

Playing venue Munich

SC Eppingen – Erfurter SK
SG Trier – Bayern München

Live coverage: All games of the Schachbundesliga are covered live in the internet. At the particular date of the matches you can get access to the games via this website.

Standings after 11 rounds:

1. OSG Baden-Baden 20
2. SG Solingen 20
3. Werder Bremen 20
4. Mülheim Nord 17
5. SV Wattenscheid 15
6. Hamburger SK 13
7. SC Remagen 12
8. SF Katernberg 12
9. SC Eppingen 11
10. Turm Emsdetten 10
11. SG Trier 8
12. SF Berlin 6
13. Bayern München 4
14. Heidelberg-HSH 4
15. SK König Tegel 2
16. Erfurter SK 2

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