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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bundesliga Chess: Baden-Baden Wins 2012-13 Edition

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The German Chess Bundesliga took place from October 10th 2012 until April 7th 2013. This is the most important long-term club event in the world. This is the last weekend of the season, as three rounds were scheduled for this weekend. The first one, played today, is already over, and the favorite team of Baden-Baden has already secured first place in the standings, according to Fide chess news.

Baden-Baden played against SG Trier and tried to avoid any surprises by showing some solid chess in most of the boards. The first five match-ups finished in draws, but the favorites squeezed two victories in boards 5 and 8 to get a 5-3 winning score.

Peter Heine Nielsen defeated Hungarian IM Miklos Galyas with the white pieces in a very complicated game where the decisive mistake by Galyas came just before the time control. Baden-Baden’s strength is shown by the fact that they can get a 400-rating difference on the last board. This time, GM Phillip Schlosser (2579) defeated Lev Yankelevich (2178) to secure overall first place for the team.

Standings after 13 rounds:

1 Baden-Baden 26 77
2 Mülheim 21 64½
3 SG Solingen 20 63½
4 SC Eppingen 18 65
5 Hockenheim 16 56
6 SG Trier 15 54½
7 Bremen 15 53½
8 Emsdetten 14 56½
9 Hamburg 14 54½
10 Wiesbaden 14 50
11 Katernberg 12 53½
12 Wattenscheid 11 52½
13 SF Berlin 7 46½
14 Forchheim 2 27½
15 Norderstedt 2 25½
16 Griesheim 1 31½

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