Fridman wins 83rd German Individual Championship

3/11/2012 – In a fine win in the final round of the 2012 German Championship the top seed Daniel Fridman secured sole first place and the title, finishing half a point ahead of his closest rival, the second seed Igor Khenkin. The Latvian born Fridman has won the title for a second time. Our ChessBase Magazin expert Dr Karsten Müller has picked out some interesting endgames from the event.

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83rd German Individual Championship

The 2012 German Championship was a nine-round Swiss which lasted from March 2nd to 10 in the eastern German city of Osterberg. It was played at 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move from the start.


The venue in the southern German city of Osterberg

One round before the end the two seeds, Daniel Fridman (2653) and Igor Khenkin (2632) were in the lead, with 6.5/8, a full point ahead of the rest of the field. Kenkin drew his final round game, played with the black pieces, against Jens Kotainy, rated 2392. Fridman had White against Julian Jorczik, rated 2391, and played the following plucky game:

[Event "Deutsche Einzelmeisterschaft 2012"] [Site "?"] [Date "2012.03.10"] [Round "9.2"] [White "Fridman, Daniel"] [Black "Jorczik, Julian"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2653"] [BlackElo "2391"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:11:44"] [BlackClock "0:24:00"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. e4 c6 9. h3 Re8 10. Re1 a5 11. b3 Qb6 12. Na4 Qd8 13. dxe5 Nxe5 14. Nxe5 dxe5 15. c5 Be6 16. Nb6 Qxd1 17. Rxd1 Rad8 18. Bd2 Bf8 19. Na4 Ra8 20. Be3 Rad8 21. Bd2 Ra8 22. Rac1 Nd7 23. Be3 Be7 24. Bf1 Rad8 25. Kg2 f6 26. Bd2 Ra8 27. f4 Kf7 28. Bc4 Bxc4 29. Rxc4 Ke6 {Now Fridman goes for the win with a "petite combination":} 30. Bxa5 Rxa5 31. f5+ gxf5 32. exf5+ Kxf5 33. Rxd7 Ke6 34. Rxb7 Rd8 35. Rc2 Rd5 36. Rc7 Bxc5 37. Rxc6+ Bd6 38. g4 e4 39. Nc3 Rd4 40. Ne2 Rd1 41. Nc3 Rd4 42. Ne2 Rd1 43. Ng3 Kd5 44. Nf5 {Black is in deep trouble - but his next move is simply fatal.} Bf4 45. b4 (45. b4 Rb5 46. a4 {and the rook is trapped because of the threat 47.R2c5#}) 1-0

With this decisive full point on his account Daniel Fridman (above), the Latvian born GM, became German Champion 2012. Fridman has lived in this country since 1999 and won the Championship once before, in 2008. Behind the winner we find, naturally, Igor Khenkin, and then, a full point later, three players, Sebastian Siebrecht, Rene Stern, and Jens Kotainy, at 6.90/9. Fridman's performance was 2705, Khenkin's 2657, and the other three in the lower 2500s. The drawing average in this event was a low 34.9%, with White winning 51.9% and Black 30.7% of the games. Here are the final scores of all participants:

1 Fridman,Daniel 2653 7.5/9
2 Khenkin,Igor 2632 7.0/9
3 Siebrecht,Sebastian 2463 6.0/9
4 Stern,Rene 2502 6.0/9
5 Kotainy,Jens 2392 6.0/9
6 Wagner,Dennis 2379 6.0/9
7 Huschenbeth,Niclas 2509 5.5/9
8 Bluebaum,Matthias 2407 5.5/9
9 Svane,Rasmus 2401 5.5/9
10 Buhmann,Rainer 2614 5.5/9
11 Donchenko,Alexander 2309 5.5/9
12 Becker,Michael 2301 5.5/9
13 Degtiarev,Evgeny 2342 5.5/9
14 Reddmann,Hauke 2297 5.0/9
15 Dranischnikov,Egor 2327 5.0/9
16 Jorczik,Julian 2391 5.0/9
17 Schulz,Karsten 2289 5.0/9
18 Feuerstack,Aljoscha 2438 4.5/9
19 Lubbe,Nikolas 2429 4.5/9
20 Alber,Horst 2340 4.5/9
21 Scheider,Julian 2275 4.5/9
22 Bastian,Herbert 2343 4.5/9
23 Rolle,Eric 2198 4.5/9
24 Reipsch,Jens 2217 4.5/9
25 Libeau,Rene Andre 2399 4.0/9
26 Nuber,Korbinian 2308 4.0/9
27 Vatter,Hans-Joachim 2309 4.0/9
28 Schindler,Christian 2211 4.0/9
29 Ohme,Melanie 2387 4.0/9
30 Pohl-Kuemmel,Jens-Uwe 2319 4.0/9
31 Mueller,Oliver 2327 4.0/9
32 Kabisch,Thilo 2319 3.5/9
33 Tabatt,Hendrik 2296 3.5/9
34 Mueller,Michael 2308 3.5/9
35 Andre,Gordon 2384 3.0/9
36 Meissner,Felix 2258 3.0/9
37 Bartsch,Berthold 2284 3.0/9
38 Koehler,Gerhard 2122 3.0/9
39 Riegler,Dieter 2118 3.0/9
40 Schuetze,Norman 2258 2.5/9
41 Maehrlein,Christoph 2134 2.5/9
42 Amos,Frank 2162 2.0/9

Endgames from the German Championship

By GM Karsten Müller

Our endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller has been scanning the games of the 83rd German Championship for the next issue of ChessBase Magazin. As a preview here are four intersting and instructive endings he found.

The knight's worst enemy


The rook belongs behind the passed pawn


Knightmare

The Length of the Invasion Road


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