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Dortmund Sparkassen Tournament

Radoslaw Wojtaszek4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Vladimir Fedoseev4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Matthias Bluebaum3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin3/7(+0 -1 =6)[games]
Wang Yue3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu3/7(+0 -1 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Dortmund Sparkassen (2017)

The 45th Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting took place in the Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund, Germany 15-23 July 2017. Rest days: July 17 & 20. Players received 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move one. Radoslaw Wojtaszek won with 4.5/7.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Wojtaszek 2736 * ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 4˝ 2 Fedoseev 2726 ˝ * ˝ 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 4 3 Vachier-Lagrave 2791 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ ˝ 4 4 Kramnik 2812 ˝ 0 ˝ * 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 3˝ 5 Blübaum 2642 ˝ 1 ˝ 0 * ˝ 0 ˝ 3 6 Andreikin 2712 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 3 7 Wang Yue 2699 0 0 ˝ ˝ 1 ˝ * ˝ 3 8 Nisipeanu 2683 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 3

Category: XIX (2725). Chief arbiter: Andrzej Filipowicz

The Open A swiss-system tournament was won by Daniel Hausrath with 7.5/9.

Wikipedia article: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting#2017

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs V Fedoseev 0-1292017Dortmund SparkassenB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. Vachier-Lagrave vs Wojtaszek ½-½602017Dortmund SparkassenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Wang Yue vs D Andreikin  ½-½582017Dortmund SparkassenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Nisipeanu vs Bluebaum ½-½682017Dortmund SparkassenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. D Andreikin vs Kramnik ½-½482017Dortmund SparkassenC26 Vienna
6. Bluebaum vs V Fedoseev 1-0312017Dortmund SparkassenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Wojtaszek vs Wang Yue 1-0362017Dortmund SparkassenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
8. Nisipeanu vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½272017Dortmund SparkassenA34 English, Symmetrical
9. V Fedoseev vs D Andreikin ½-½372017Dortmund SparkassenC18 French, Winawer
10. Vachier-Lagrave vs Bluebaum ½-½362017Dortmund SparkassenC11 French
11. Wang Yue vs Nisipeanu  ½-½362017Dortmund SparkassenD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Kramnik vs Wojtaszek  ½-½462017Dortmund SparkassenD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Bluebaum vs D Andreikin ½-½1212017Dortmund SparkassenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Wojtaszek vs V Fedoseev ½-½1022017Dortmund SparkassenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Vachier-Lagrave vs Wang Yue  ½-½462017Dortmund SparkassenC42 Petrov Defense
16. Nisipeanu vs Kramnik ½-½362017Dortmund SparkassenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. D Andreikin vs Wojtaszek  ½-½572017Dortmund SparkassenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. V Fedoseev vs Nisipeanu ½-½592017Dortmund SparkassenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Wang Yue vs Bluebaum 1-0592017Dortmund SparkassenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Kramnik vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½582017Dortmund SparkassenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
21. Bluebaum vs Wojtaszek ½-½522017Dortmund SparkassenE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Nisipeanu vs D Andreikin  ½-½372017Dortmund SparkassenB06 Robatsch
23. Vachier-Lagrave vs V Fedoseev ½-½562017Dortmund SparkassenB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
24. Wang Yue vs Kramnik  ½-½402017Dortmund SparkassenD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. V Fedoseev vs Wang Yue 1-0392017Dortmund SparkassenC50 Giuoco Piano
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Jul-23-17  JPi: Congrats to Radek Wojtaszek. And beautiful suspens and fighting spirit in this last round.
Jul-23-17  BOSTER: Kramnik created the nice masterpiece in game vs greedy Bluebaum.. White to play move 30. even good for
Jul-24-17  Mirovsk: Draws can be interesting....but we want blood!!!!!...and the day is a unexpected way...
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  AylerKupp: <<tuttifrutty> Another snoozer feast like I proclaimed>

It all depends on what you consider a snoozer fest. To me a tournament when the competition is close and only one point separated first from last place in the next to the last round is as exciting as it can be. And to have 4 out of 4 decisive games in the last round, with the eventual tournament winner's game being the last to finish (a game that Wojtaszek had to win to gain sole first place) just added to the excitement. And I suspect that Wojtaszek found the first place prize money real enough.

If you consider this tournament a snoozer fest, why are you bothering to visit this page and post comments on it?

Jul-24-17  sonia91: Actually according to tiebreaks, Fedoseev finished 2nd and MVL 3rd: http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting...
Jul-24-17  Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?
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  Sokrates: <Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?>

Sure he has. <Absentee> recently reminded our honorable Mr AK about it, but apparently temptation triumphs reason.

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  OhioChessFan: ** Urgent Announcement **

We are running a Moves Prediction Contest for the Biel tournament at my forum. We got a late start advertising so the first round played earlier today won't count. Get your picks in for tomorrow's round ASAP!

Jul-27-17  tuttifrutty: <Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?>

It sounds like them whispers are schitz to me.

<Sokrates: <Clemens Scheitz: Hi < AylerKupp>, have you ever heard a soft voice in your head whispering... "Don't feed the trolls"...?>

Sure he has. <Absentee> recently reminded our honorable Mr AK about it, but apparently temptation triumphs reason.>

And another crying geriatric trying to impose his will on AK...will AK oblige to whispers...aka...commands like he has no brain of his own? We shall see...

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  whiteshark: <Dortmund R7: Wojtaszek's career best win> chess24 illustrated final report
Jul-27-17  diagonal: Dortmund Sparkassen Chess-Meeting 2017 was celebrating Kramnik's 25th participation in the city of Dortmund (including one Open), and sub-labelled this year as "Wladimir Kramnik-Turnier": http://www.sparkassen-chess-meeting....

Top-seeded Kramnik arrived at 50%, he thus could not catch Carlsen in Live Ratings, ..neither Najdorf :)

Jul-27-17  diagonal: Some historical stuff on <international invitation> tournament series and their record winners:

<Najdorf> achieved 11 wins or co-wins at the closed international invitation tournament series of <Mar del Plata>, plus won later three times the Open, in total incredible 14 tournament wins or co-wins on major level in the same city, Mar del Plata, a benchmark hardly to be surpassed ever!

<Kramnik> has <Dortmund> (10x plus one Open co-win)

Vlad played 24x at Dortmund GM within 25 editions (1993, 1995-2017, except 2002 for obvious reasons (Einstein Candidates)), 25 participations at Dortmund including the Open in 1992; record ten-time closed winner:

Kramnik has a total win of 10 times at the Dortmund Grandmaster tournament, five of them as the single winner, five of them shared. The singles were in 1995, 1997, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 1996 he shared with Anand, in 1998 with Adams and Svidler, in 2000 with Anand, in 2001 with Topalov and in 2006 with Svidler.

Note: Kasparov only played once in Dortmund in 1992 (first on tie-break, with Ivanchuk, followed by 3. Bareev, 4. Anand, etc.)

<Kasparov> famously dominated <Linares> (9x)

Gazza played 14x at Linares, he won or co-won in 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999-2002, and 2005: record nine-time winner; he did also play in 1991, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2004

<Karpov> took <Tilburg> (7x)

Tolya played 11x at Tilburg, he won or co-won at the beginning of the series in 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983 (note: Fischer, his predecessor as World Champion no longer active; then WC Challenger Korchnoi always not invited to secure Karpov’s participation; Korchnoi went on to win at his first Tilburg invitation in 1985; Karpov generally also avoided to play Kasparov (not only at Tilburg) in a same tournament before their World Championship marathon started); he won later again in 1988 and 1993: record seven-time winner; he did also play in 1986, 1991, 1994 (k.o.-system), 1996

<Ivanchuk> really has the number of the <Capablanca Memorial> (mostly played at Havana, today in Varadero) as seven-time winner of the tournament in nine participations, surpassing Miles who had won the long time running Memorial at four occasions.

<Gligoric> achieved an all-time record of five tournament wins (alone or shared) at the longtime traditional <Hastings Chess Congresses> between 1950/51 and 1962/63. Flohr (1931-1934 in a row), Tartakower, and Szabo won or co-won four-times at Hastings, Invitation tournaments (today Hastings is played as an Open of moderate strength, I did not consider these results, Gligoric remains record holder anyway).

<Carlsen> has <Wijk aan Zee> (Tata Steel), already quintuple A-group winner, plus the B & C group as a pupil. Beverwijk / Wijk aan Zee was a good platform for <Anand> (five wins), as well as for Euwe, Portisch, Korchnoi, and Aronian (with four wins or co-wins each).

(to be continued)

Jul-27-17  diagonal: (continuation)

<Tal> took <Tallinn International> (biannually played, closed event in classical chess) five times, namely in 1971 (together with Paul Keres), 1973, 1977, 1981, and 1983 (the latter three editions were a Keres Memorial).

<Beliavsky> dominates the <Vidmar Memorial> (four international tournament wins plus a further national championship under the same label, played at Ljubljana, Portoroz and other Slovenian venues).

<Vachier-Lagrave> does well at Biel Chess Festival (record four times winner of the grandmaster tournament, plus winner of a match vs. Svidler in 2016).

8 MVL participations at Biel, consecutively playing at Biel from 2009 to 2016 in different sections: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 invitation tournament (GMT), and 2016 (Masters Challenge, a Match, no GMT), 2012 in the Open (MTO).

Vachier-Lagrave was winner in 2009, 2013, 2014 & 2015, and shared first, but then 3rd after the tie-break speed play-off in 2010 (thus no co-win), and 3rd/4th in 2011. The Frenchman also won the match of the Masters Challenge vs. Svidler and the Blitz Exhibition in 2016. In the Open 2012, he was coming in as 8th (shared 3rd-12th) behind clear first Igor Kurnosov (R.I.P.).

<Polugaevsky> won four times the strong international closed <Chigorin Memorial>, mostly played at Sochi (not to mix with the later and ongoing Open series in St. Petersburg).

<Carlsen> won four editions of the <London Chess Classic> so far, per end of 2016 (next LCC in December 2017).

Miles 4x winning the Capablanca Memorial; Flohr, Tartakower, and Szabo 4x winning Hastings Congress (Invitation) are already mentioned above, and not record winner.

Jul-27-17  diagonal: (continuation)

<Portisch> arrived three times clear first at the legendary <IBM-Amsterdam>, and is sole record holder.

<Portisch> also did win or co-win three times at <Bosna> invitation tournament (today a local Open of minor strength, thus not included) in Sarajevo.

<Korchnoi> is "Mr. Sarajevo" (three entries, three wins at the then prestigious <Bosna> international invitation tournament in 1969, 1984 (with Timman), and 1998 over an incredible span of three decades (29 years), making a total of +20=16-1 against strong opposition.

<Short> is record three times (co-) winner of the <Euwe Memorial in Amsterdam> (played as a Quadrangular, except two editions with ten players).

<Aronian> is first or shared first (once with lesser tie-break) at the <Tal Memorial in Moscow> thrice (in total six entries out of nine events in classical chess).

<Topalov> has his hometown <Sofia, M-Tel Masters>, and the <Magistral de Madrid>, a rather forgotten supertournament series, both with three wins (sole or shared).

<Morozevich> scored as only player at the closed <Pamplona> tournament three outright wins.

<Speelman> is the record thrice (co-)winner of the <Staunton Memorial in London>.

<Pinter> is a thrice and record (co-)winner at <Rome International Banco di Roma>.

<Hellers> is "Mr. Malmö" (three entries and three wins at Sigeman & Co., Hellers remained unbeaten during all his 27 games! For the sake of completeness: <Short> and <Timman> (with eleven invitations / participations) achieved also three wins at closed Malmö tournament series (today: <TePe Sigeman & Co.>).

Then the usual supects again:

<Kasparov>: triple (co-) triumphator at <Novgorod> (played four times) Note: Ivanchuk at better tie-break above Kasparov in 1994, but there was no rapid / blitz play-off, thus both players regarded as winner, as it was common if there was not a play-off.

<Karpov>: triple (co-) triumphator at <Bugojno> (played five times biannually, Korchnoi deliberately never invited to secure the soviet participation).

Jul-27-17  diagonal: (continuation)

<Mororovic Fernandez> stood out in <Las Palmas> (twice winning the closed invitation tournament, sole or shared as some other players, plus several times winning the Las Palmas Open).

Note: Larsen as well as the World Chess Champions Tal, Smyslov, Kramnik, and Anand played, but failed to win at Las Palmas international invitation tournament!

<Panno> surprised at <Palma de Mallorca> invitation supertournament series with two (co-)wins as <Larsen> and <Korchnoi>.

Note: All post-war World Chess Champions then did participate at least once at Palma de Mallorca (including the 1970 Interzonal with Fischer) - but Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Spassky failed to win at Palma de Mallorca!

<Larsen>’s love is dedicated to the city of <Buenos Aires>: Double winner at the <Clarin> supertournament series. The four Clarin competions (1978, 1979, and 1980 held at Buenos Aires, 1982 at Mar del Plata) started just after the 1978 Olympiad. These events revived elite of the world (except Korchnoi). Larsen won in 1979 (at 11/13, and a full three points margin to the best of the rest, in a top field including former WCC Petrosian and Spassky), and again as clear first the following year in 1980.

Buenos Aires was obviously a good place to be. Bent Larsen has met Laura Beatriz Benedini in the Argentinean capital: From the 1970s he and his Argentine-born second wife, spent their time between homes in Las Palmas and Buenos Aires.

Reigning World Chess Champion Karpov twice had little success at the Clarin tournament, finishing third to fourth and third to fifth respectively. Karpov later failed again at his third attempt in Buenos Aires (Sicilian theme tournament in 1996).

<Keres> was the only double winner at <Margate> series, played in the 1930s prior to WWII. Remember, great Capablanca competed three times in Margate – but never won or co-won!

<Maróczy> is the king of the early <Monte Carlo> series. He reached 1st place in 1902, following up with a 2nd place in 1903 and again a win in 1904.

Jul-27-17  diagonal: (continuation)

<Beliavsky> won twice the strong closed <OHRA tournament in Amsterdam> outright.

<Gelfand> succeeded twice (sole or shared) at <Belgrade, Investbanka> series.

Record winners at the <Kostic Memorial in Vrsac> were <Dragoljub Velimirovic> and <Ivan Ivaniševic> with two (co-)wins each.

The <Donner Memorial in Amsterdam> was (co-)won twice by <Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga>.

<Cheparinov> triumphed twice outright at closed <Ruy Lopez Festival>.

<Harikrishna> and <Almasi> won or co-won twice the <Marx György Memorial in Paks>.

<Adams> did especially well at <Dos Hermanas> with two wins or co-wins as <Karpov>, <Kramnik>, <Dreev>, and <Topalov> (including a Rapid k.o.), meanwhile Kasparov failed to win this tournament series, finishing shared 3rd – 4th in 1996.

At <Reggio Emilia>, which lasted 54 editions, seven players (among them <Portisch>) achieved a first or equal first place; Kasparov finished shared second after Anand in 1991/92, thus failed to win the series.

Six players (including <Smyslov>, <Gelfand>, <Romanishin>, and <Smejkal>) won or co-won twice at <Rubinstein Memorial in Polanica-Zdrój>, today a local Open. Note: Karpov and Korchnoi failed to win at Rubinstein Memorial (one participation each).

<Mamedyarov> won twice the <Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir>, so far. <Karjakin> claimed twice <Norway Chess in Stavanger area>, so far. <Carlsen> took <Nanjing (Pearl Spring)> twice, *too*.

Worth of mention: In 2014, IM <Georgi Orlov> (USA, born 1964) won at Vancouver the <Keres Memorial> a <12th time> since 1996!

Jul-27-17  diagonal: International Open (a selection):

Rogers took the Doeberl Cup (Open) in Canberra an amazing record dozen times!

Benkö finished in first place (alone or tied for first place) in eight U.S. Open Chess Championships, a record: 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975.

Spraggett has the record for most titles with eight (either clear first or shared) at the Canadian Open Chess Championships (not to mix with the national titles).

Stefánsson is a five-time winner or co-winner at the traditional Reykjavik Open which started as a biannual invitation series.

Lazaro Bruzon Batista is a five-time winner at the Torre Memorial Open in Mérida (up to and icluding 2016).

O’Kelly is a five-time winner at the Agnes Stevenson Memorial Open Festival at Bognor Regis: 1954 (with Barden), 1956, 1960 (with Darga), 1961 and 1965.

Nakamura is now a four-time winner of the Superopen tournament at Gibraltar (winning in 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017).

Alburt is the only 'Big Apple' triple winner (sole ore shared) of the prestigious former New York Open.

Record winner at prestigious former Lugano Open: Korchnoi with 3 victories, and a 3rd place after tie-break (joint 1st place) in five entries.

Record winner at Aeroflot Open is Nepomniachtchi. He won 2008 and 2015 the Aeroflot Open in classical chess plus the 2013 edition blitz event.

Gligoric and Liberzon took twice Lone Pine (sole or shared), the mother and father of all strong Open series.


Overview of "Superopen" series, including the major past series:

<Lloyds Bank Masters, London, 1977-1994> (18 consecutive editions: First winner in 1977 was Miguel Quinteros, last winner in 1994 young Alexander Morozevich, both outright)

<Lone Pine, California, Louis D. Statham Tournament, 1971-1981> (11 consecutive editions: First winner in 1971 was Larry Evans, last winner in 1981 Viktor Korchnoi, both outright)

<Lugano Open, Switzerland, 1976-1989> (14 consecutive editions: First winner in 1976 was Gennadi Sosonko outright, last winner in 1989 Viktor Korchnoi on tie-break)

<New York Open, New York City, 1981-2000>, no editions '82, '99 (18 editions in total: First winner in 1981 was Lev Alburt, last winner in 2000 Ilya Smirin, both outright)

Jul-27-17  diagonal: (final)

Exhibitions, a small selection:

In speed / mixed series, <Anand> triumphed nine times at <Leon> (often four invited players, various formats: from classical in round robin to k.o.-matches in rapid, including advanced chess) and seven times at the <Corsican Circuit>, rapid, so far.

<Kramnik> was sole or shared first in the overall standings (rapid and blindfold combined) in six editions of the <(Melody) Amber tournament>, <Anand> was first in five overall editions. Kasparov never took part in the series, mostly held in Monaco.

<Nakamura> took his third <Zurich Chess Challenge> (combined with point scoring system) in a row in 2017. Note: The ZCC 2017 was not rated at all (neither classical, nor rapid or blitz) by FIDE.

ZCC shows an exhibition type of event, similar at the former Amber chess tournament ambience, which maybe explains some laxness and the brief duration of an extended weekend. It is certainly not an invitation tournament in classical chess even it is sometimes mentioned together with Wijk aan Zee, Norway Chess, Sinquefield Cup, London CC & Co.


<Peter Svidler> is a record seven-time Russian Champion, surpassing Botvinnik and Tal with six national titles from the USSR championships (Note: World Champion Kramnik never won a National Champion title so far).

<Bobby Fischer> is a record eight-times US Champion.

Most national titles:

This is one of those records where an extended discussion is likely to turn up new record holders repeatedly, when people like me stumble across this page and happen to know of a player who can beat the currently listed one :)

<Ortvin Sarapu> was listed as the record holder for a longtime, having won or co-won the <New Zealand championship 20 times>.

<Renato Frick> is currently a <22-times national champion of Liechtenstein>, and still active, he achieved his 21st title (thus surpassing Sarapu) in 2009, and his 22nd title in 2011.

<Carlos Armando Juarez Flores of Guatemala has won the country's championship 27 times> (as of 2017). His 21st title was in 2005, surpassing Sarapu.

The longest period between the first and the last national champion title spans incredible 51 years, Viktor Korchnoi (from 1960 USSR-ch clear first, to 2011 Switzerland-ch, winning speed play-off above GM Gallagher).

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Jul-28-17  PhilFeeley: Wow, diagonal, you should be editing the biography pages. At least contributing to the Biography Bistro.

Good work. Keep it up.

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  AylerKupp: <Clemens Scheitz>, <Socrates> I am well aware of <tuttifrutty>'s trolling proclivities. And, yes, my temptation triumphs reason, not that I have too much of the latter. I find him a source of great amusement since I don't recall any other trolls who achieve his level of creative nonsense. Here is one of my favorite recent nonsensical remarks of his: FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017) (kibitz #95).

Isn't that a beaut? Somehow a draw at move 3 is better than a draw at move 1. Huh?

It is remarks like this that amuse me and makes me want to encourage additional silliness on his part, entirely a reflection on him rather than the subject matter that he addresses.

Jul-31-17  diagonal: <Phil Feeley> Thank you for your personal estimation!

It's ok for me, I'm posting sometimes more, sometimes less, having a soft spot for the history (Post-WII) of international tournament series.

We are all keeping this site going: Chessgames, the respected reference forum in chess, offers to its users a truly unique form and forum!

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  mistermac: I am glad there were no comments forthcoming on the games. I was disappointed at first, but not now.

Is there ever going to be another match against a top player, Btw?

I will have a look in a few weeks, and, see the answer. If so, I may consider renewing my sub, which news may please some.

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  Tabanus: The link to the crosstable now leads to 2018, and the 2017 table seems gone.
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  Tabanus: The link to the crosstable now leads to 2017, but not the official site's one.
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