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🏆 Bundesliga 2011/12

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Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Viswanathan Anand, Anish Giri, Anatoly Karpov, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, Pavel Eljanov, Michael Adams, Vugar Gashimov, Richard Rapport, Alexey Shirov, Nikita Vitiugov, Sergei Movsesian, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Etienne Bacrot, Arkadij Naiditsch, Victor Bologan, Zoltan Almasi, Francisco Vallejo Pons, Andrei Volokitin, Laurent Fressinet, Alexander Areshchenko, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Yuriy Kryvoruchko, Luke McShane, David Howell, Alexander Motylev, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Ferenc Berkes, Boris Grachev, Romain Edouard, Jon Ludvig Hammer, Peter Heine Nielsen, Markus Ragger, Sergei Tiviakov, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Ivan Saric, Vladimir Potkin, Nils Grandelius, Michael Roiz, Artur Yusupov, Konstantin Landa, Hrant Melkumyan, Mateusz Bartel, Tigran Gharamian, Gawain Jones, Predrag Nikolic, Sergey A Fedorchuk, Zoltan Gyimesi, Evgeny Postny, Csaba Balogh, Parimarjan Negi, Daniel Fridman, Jan Smeets, Alexander Ipatov, Dariusz Swiercz, Bartosz Socko, Luka Lenic, Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Grzegorz Gajewski, Viktor Erdos, Pavel Tregubov, Constantin Lupulescu, Tomi Nyback, Sandipan Chanda, Kamil Miton, Bartlomiej Macieja, Jan Gustafsson, Erwin L'Ami, Zbynek Hracek, Mircea-Emilian Parligras, Robert Kempinski, Matthias Bluebaum, Rainer Buhmann, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Benjamin Bok, Daniel Stellwagen, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Vadim Malakhatko, Andreas Heimann, Rustem Dautov, Zoltan Ribli, Niclas Huschenbeth, Emanuel Berg, Alexander Rustemov, David Baramidze, Lubomir Ftacnik, Tornike Sanikidze, Rafal Antoniewski, Philipp Schlosser, Falko Bindrich, Arik Braun, Vlastimil Babula Sr, Vladimir Chuchelov, Peter Acs, Vitali Golod, Mads Andersen plus 137 more players.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kryvoruchko vs Motylev  1-0452011Bundesliga 2011/12E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
2. Potkin vs K Bischoff  1-0382011Bundesliga 2011/12D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. V Chuchelov vs B Grachev  ½-½492011Bundesliga 2011/12D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
4. Fridman vs N Firman 0-1422011Bundesliga 2011/12A07 King's Indian Attack
5. S Siebrecht vs Landa  ½-½552011Bundesliga 2011/12A20 English
6. V Golod vs I Zaragatski  1-0422011Bundesliga 2011/12A46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. J Kotainy vs A Berelowitsch  ½-½402011Bundesliga 2011/12C11 French
8. D Hausrath vs R Ris  0-1562011Bundesliga 2011/12A07 King's Indian Attack
9. D Howell vs Svidler  ½-½642011Bundesliga 2011/12B40 Sicilian
10. F Vallejo Pons vs V Erdos  ½-½702011Bundesliga 2011/12D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. P Bobras vs Adams  ½-½262011Bundesliga 2011/12C70 Ruy Lopez
12. Bacrot vs L Cyborowski  ½-½602011Bundesliga 2011/12A73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
13. P Jaracz vs Naiditsch  ½-½382011Bundesliga 2011/12C28 Vienna Game
14. P H Nielsen vs T Sanikidze  0-1442011Bundesliga 2011/12E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
15. D Kolbus vs Kasimdzhanov  0-1912011Bundesliga 2011/12A30 English, Symmetrical
16. P Schlosser vs A Dany  1-0382011Bundesliga 2011/12E08 Catalan, Closed
17. H Melkumyan vs R Kempinski  ½-½642011Bundesliga 2011/12D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. E Ghaem Maghami vs R Antoniewski  ½-½232011Bundesliga 2011/12B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
19. A Maksimenko vs S B Hansen  ½-½282011Bundesliga 2011/12D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Ftacnik vs A Lauber  ½-½302011Bundesliga 2011/12A13 English
21. I Schneider vs T Heinemann  ½-½372011Bundesliga 2011/12B22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. O Reeh vs R Polzin  ½-½312011Bundesliga 2011/12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
23. L Thiede vs D Sebastian  ½-½332011Bundesliga 2011/12A04 Reti Opening
24. F Meissner vs D Abel  ½-½472011Bundesliga 2011/12B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. M Mchedlishvili vs V Gashimov  1-0852011Bundesliga 2011/12A35 English, Symmetrical
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  whiteshark: At 25th and 26th of February 2012 the 10th and 11th round of the Schachbundesliga will take place. Take a look at the pairings at the venues Wattenscheid, Hockenheim, Trier and Remagen.

Feb-25-12  cro777: The Chess Bundesliga (Schach-Bundesliga) is the premier league of team chess in Germany. It is arguably the strongest and longest running league of its kind, attracting many top grandmasters from Europe and beyond.

After 9 rounds the leader is Baden-Baden with 16 match points (eight wins and one loss). On top boards for the leading team today are playing Vallejo Pons, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Nisipeanu and Gustafsson.

Round 10 starts today (25th February 2012) at 14:00 local time (UTC+2).

Live coverage is available here:

Feb-25-12  waustad: Giri vs Ragger is an interesting game. It's very tactical.
Feb-25-12  cro777: The game Giri - Ragger is very sharp.
In the Semi Slav Meran Anish opted for a rare set-up (Morozevich's idea) and sacrificed a piece.

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 Bb7 9. O-O a6 10. e4 c5 11. d5 Qc7 12. Bc2 O-O-O 13. Ng5 Nb6 14. a4 h6

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<15. Nxf7> Giri sacrificed a piece. In the game Kozul - Predojevic at the Croatian Team Championship White retreated the knight 15.Nf3 (Kozul lost the game).

Feb-25-12  cro777: The game Giri - Ragger continued by

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15... Qxf7 16. axb5 a5 17. Qf3 Bd6 18. Qh3 Qh5 19. Qxh5 Nxh5 20. dxe6 g5 21. Rxa5 Ng7 22. Nd5 Nxd5 23. exd5 Bxd5 24. b4 Nxe6 25. b6 Nd4 26. bxc5 Bf4 27. Bd3 Nb3

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The critical position.

Here, Giri should have played 28.Bxf4 with the idea 28...Nxa5 29.Be5 Rhe8 30.Bf6. Instead, he faltered by playing <28.Ra7?> but Ragger missed the simple 28...Nxc1 with winning chances. After <28...Kb8?> he might have lost all the advantage, for instance

29.Bb2! Rhf8 (29...Rhg8 30.g3) 30.Be2 Nd2 31.Rfa1.

Giri chose <29.Ba3?!> and after near 100 moves the game ended in a draw.

28. Ra7 Kb8 29. Ba3 Bc6 30. Bc2 Nd4 31. Ba4 Bxa4 32. Rxa4 Nc6 33. Bc1 Rhf8 34. Re4 Rd5 35. h4 Kb7 36. g3 Bxc1 37. Rxc1 Rd2 38. Rf1 Rf7 39. Kg2 Rc2 40. hxg5 hxg5 41. Kh3 Rxc5 42. Kg4 Ne5+ 43. Kh3 Nf3 44. Ra1 Rf6 45. Ra7+ Kxb6 46. Rea4 Rh6+ 47. Kg2 Ne1+ 48. Kg1 Nf3+ 49. Kg2 Ne1+ 50. Kg1 Rh8 51. R4a6+ Kb5 52. Ra5+ Kc6 53. Rxc5+ Kxc5 54. Rg7 Kd4 55. Kf1 Nf3 56. Kg2 Rf8 57. Re7 g4 58. Rd7+ Ke4 59. Ra7 Rd8 60. Ra1 Rd2 61. Ra4+ Rd4 62. Ra1 Kd3 63. Ra3+ Kd2 64. Ra8 Re4 65. Ra2+ Ke1 66. Ra1+ Ke2 67. Ra2+ Nd2 68. Ra8 Nf3 69. Ra2+ Kd3 70. Ra3+ Kd4 71. Ra4+ Ke5 72. Ra5+ Kf6 73. Ra6+ Kf5 74. Ra5+ Re5 75. Ra4 Rb5 76. Ra1 Rb2 77. Ra5+ Ne5 78. Ra3 Rc2 79. Rb3 Ra2 80. Rb5 Ke4 81. Rb4+ Kd5 82. Rb5+ Kd4 83. Rb4+ Kc5 84. Rf4 Kd5 85. Kf1 Rc2 86. Kg2 Rc4 87. Rf8 Nd3 88. Rd8+ Ke4 89. Re8+ Kd4 90. Rg8 Kc3 91. f4 Kd4 92. Rxg4 Rc2+ 93. Kg1 Ke3 94. Rg8 Kf3 95. Ra8 Kxg3 96. Rg8+ Kf3 97. Ra8 Rc3 98. Kh2 Nf2 99. f5 Draw

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  whiteshark: Yesterday Giri-Ragger was the longest game. Today Ragger took a quick draw against Efimenko (Bremen team).

Solingen (4th) vs Bremen (2nd) is also todays top team pairing. I expect some exciting fights.

Another 'surprise' is Karpov playing on board 1 for Hockenhein (1st time in this season, me thinks)

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  whiteshark: 83rd German Chess Championship has begun.
Tournament page:
Live games:
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  whiteshark: <At 17th and 18th of March 2012 the 12th and 13th round of the Schachbundesliga will take place. <>>

The eyes of all chess fans of the Schachbundesliga will focus the next weekend on the match between Werder Bremen and OSG Baden-Baden. These two teams fight for the championship in the season 2011/12. Baden-Baden is at the top of the table with one point ahead of Bremen, so the team of Northern Germany needs to win in order to preserve chances to gain the second title after 2005. Like in the last years an exciting match can be expected with both teams having only high-class grandmasters in their line-ups.

Mar-16-12  cro777: 12th round: Saturday, 19th of March 2011, 2pm

SV Mülheim Nord - OSG Baden-Baden

Daniel Fridman 2645 - Alexei Shirov 2749

13th round: Sunday, 20th of March 2011, 10am

OSG Baden-Baden - SF Katernberg

Alexei Shirov 2749 - Vladimir Chuchelov 2565

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  whiteshark: WOW, most impressive

<Bremen> vs <Baden-Baden> line-up:

Eljanov : Anand !
Efimenko : Svidler
Fressinet : Adams
McShane : Shirov
Areshchenko : Bacrot
Roiz : Naiditsch
Nyback : Nielsen
Hammer : Kasimdzhanov

start in 15 minutes:

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  whiteshark: My local team, Bremen, lost 3.5 : 4.5 today.
At one point Eljanov and Nyback had winning positions, but both missed their opportunity in huge time trouble. When I left the venue only Adams:Fressinet were playing, Mickey was pressing on the queenside, but the game looked defendable. One hour later when I arrived at home Adams has a winning advantage. :(
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  whiteshark: Round 13 has begun.

Top pairing: Giri vs Anand

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  whiteshark: and above mentioned game made it as 1st draw of the Day.
Mar-18-12  shivasuri4: Svidler has drawn quickly too.It's upto the lower boards to deliver the win for Baden Baden now.
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  whiteshark: Final Bundesliga weekend starts in 3h20m.
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  whiteshark: Tiviakov is playing against Anand.
White is pressing on d6, I guess he'll advance his queenside majority in the near future
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  whiteshark: MVL lost against Ragger.
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  whiteshark: Anand lost!!!
Apr-14-12  acirce: Am I wrong or was that a fairly terrible game by Vishy?
Apr-14-12  notyetagm: Bundesliga (2011)

<acirce: Am I wrong or was that a fairly terrible game by Vishy?>

If Anand plays like that in Moscow, we're going to have a new World Champion. :-(

I just don't buy that anti-Sicilian play by Black, with ... e7-e5, making all those permanent weakness on the d-file. Tiviakov made it look like a forced win.

[Event "Schachbundesliga 2011/2012"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.04.14"]
[Round "14.1"]
[White "Tiviakov, Sergei"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2647"]
[BlackElo "2817"]
[Board "1"]
[WhiteClock "01:49:00"]
[BlackClock "00:39:00"]
[WhiteClub "SC Eppingen"]
[BlackClub "OSG Baden-Baden"]
[PlyCount "99"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. c4 e5 8. Qd3 h6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. O-O Be7 11. a4 b6 12. b3 Ra7 13. Rd1 Bc8 14. Ba3 Rd7 15. Nd2 O-O 16. Nf1 Bb7 17. Ne3 Re8 18. Ncd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Qxd5 Qa8 21. Qxa8 Rxa8 22. Rd5 f6 23. Rad1 Rad8 24. g3 g5 25. f4 gxf4 26. gxf4 Kf7 27. Kf2 exf4 28. Kf3 Ke6 29. Bc1 Rc8 30. Bxf4 Bf8 31. h4 Rc6 32. h5 Rb7 33. Be3 Rb8 34. Bd4 Rc7 35. Rg1 Bg7 36. Rg6 Rf7 37. Be3 Rd7 38. Rf5 Rf7 39. Kg4 Bf8 40. Bxh6 Bxh6 41. Rxh6 Rg7+ 42. Kf4 Rf8 43. a5 Rg1 44. axb6 Rb1 45. b7 Rxb3 46. e5 dxe5+ 47. Rxe5+ Kd6 48. Rf5 Ke6 49. Rh7 Rd8 50. Rd5 1-0

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Apr-15-12  lost in space: Nice game! Typical stranglehold after the horror move 7...e5

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Position after 36. Rg6. White is completely helpless....and Anand will play better during the WC.

Apr-15-12  waustad: Anand won today and his team Baden-Baden seems to have won the whole thing after beating Hockenheim 7-1. All of their games have been played. There are only a few games unfinished and all teams have played all opponents so this seems to be the end of the season.
Apr-18-12  Calar: Baden-Baden won Bundesliga with 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.

Interesting to note, their top boards didn't do much (Anand 2/4, Svidler 2.5/5, Shirov 3.5/6), their success was mostly due to excellent results from other players - Naiditsch 11/15, Kasimdzhanov 7.5/10, Nisipeanu and Gustafsson 6.5/8...


Oct-21-12  waustad: The new season has begun. Baden Baden is leading again in both the Bundesliga and the Frauenbundesliga.
Oct-21-12  parisattack: Events such as this are solid gold for the opening enthusiast! Thanks much to for posting all these games.
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