Schachbundesliga 2011/12 - OSG Baden Baden leads with Anand

3/19/2012 – The world's strongest league nears its end with rounds twelve and thirteen taking place this weekend. Aside from its singularly strong lineups, of particular note in the last two rounds was Anand's participation on behalf of his team OSG Baden Baden, marking possibly his last competitive appearance until his title defense in May. Illustrated report with video comments by Anand and Eljanov.

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The Bundesliga 2011/12 is underway and is held from October 14th, 2011 to April 15th, 2012. It is a round-robin schveningen tournament in which 16 teams of eight players play each other at the rate of 40 moves in 100 minutes followed 20 moves in 50 minutes and finally 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus a 30-second increment as of move one.

Schachbundesliga 2011/12

Rounds twelve and thirteen


The playing venue for rounds twelve and thirteen

The world's strongest league nears its end with rounds twelve and thirteen taking place this weekend. Aside from its singularly strong lineups, including world champions, of particular note in the last two rounds was Anand's participation on behalf of his team OSG Baden Baden, marking possibly his last competitive appearance until his title defense in May. Two rounds are scheduled in mid-April, but it is hard to imagine he will be playing then.

OSG Baden Baden is the heaviest hitting team in the league, and confirmed its favoritism by sporting 2700+ players on six of its eight boards and winning its matches. Anand led with top board, and after an uneventful draw against Anish Giri on Saturday, his game against Eljanov on Sunday, was the highlight of the weekend as both players had clear winning chances at different junctures.


Anand and Eljanov before their rollercoaster game


Vishy Anand provides some commentary on his game against Pavel Eljanov


Pavel Eljanov shares his own post-game impressions


Michael Adams won a crucial game against Laurent Fressinet, clinching the win for his team


The reception hall where players kibitz, blitz, and chat


Luke McShane, sometimes dubbed the world's strongest amateur,
just broke the 2700 barrier in the last rounds of the Bundesliga.

Current standings after thirteen rounds

Rk Team
Rds
+
=
-
T Pts
Bd Pts
1 OSG Baden-Baden
13
12
0
1
24
69.5
2 Werder Bremen
13
10
1
2
21
66.0
3 SC Eppingen
13
9
2
2
20
60.5
4 SG Solingen
13
9
1
3
19
61.5
5 SF Katernberg
13
7
1
5
15
50.5
6 SV Wattenscheid 1930
13
6
2
5
14
54.5
7 SV 1930 Hockenheim
13
5
4
4
14
54.0
8 SG Trier
13
6
1
6
13
55.5
9 SF Berlin 1903
13
5
3
5
13
50.0
10 SV Mülheim Nord
13
5
2
6
12
53.0
11 SK Turm Emsdetten
13
4
2
7
10
47.0
12 Hamburger SK
13
4
2
7
10
46.5
13 SK König Tegel
13
3
1
9
7
39.5
14 USV TU Dresden
13
3
0
10
6
42.5
15 SC Hansa Dortmund
13
1
4
8
6
38.0
16 SC 1950 Remagen
13
1
2
10
4
43.5

Pictures by Georgios Souleidis


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