German league, Round 7: Baden-Baden on top, surprise in Munich

by Klaus Besenthal
2/4/2018 – The 7th round was played in the chess Bundesliga on Saturday. In Norderstedt, north of Hamburg, OSG Baden-Baden with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on the top board clearly defeated the host club with 7 : 1, thus remaining at the top of the league. There was a big upset however, for the strong newcomer from Deizisau: The favoured squad lost a fight against Munich MSA Zugzwang 3½ : 4½. The match between Werder Bremen and Solingen finished 4 : 4.

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Norderstedt

The city of Norderstedt can be reached from the centre of Hamburg by subway in half an hour. André Schulz had the opportunity to look around.    

Norderstedt playing hall

Bright, clean, lots of space: SK Norderstedt offers its guests optimum playing conditions

Trent vs Adams

Two Englishmen in Norderstedt: Lawrence Trent (left, IM in the service of SK Norderstedt) managed a draw against Michael Adams

Jan Gustafsson

Visiting home: Jan Gustafsson has been playing for Baden-Baden for a long time; but his chess career began in the Hamburger SK

SK Norderstedt — OSG Baden-Baden 1 : 7

1 Olszewski, Michal 0 : 1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 3
2 Trent, Lawrence ½ : ½ Adams, Michael 7
3 Ostrovskiy, Andrey 0 : 1 Bacrot, Etienne 9
5 Krause, Benedict ½ : ½ Naiditsch, Arkadij 10
6 Parvanyan, Ashot 0 : 1 Movsesian, Sergei 11
9 Meyer, Falko 0 : 1 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 12
12 Kahlert, Thomas 0 : 1 Gustafsson, Jan 15
13 Michna, Christian 0 : 1 Nielsen, Peter Heine 16

World class chess in tranquil Norderstedt: The German league champions OSG Baden-Baden are guests of honour. As is often the case the home team was badly outmatched, but Benedict Krause and Lawrence Trent should still have been very happy about draws against the 250 Elo points favourites Michael Adams and Arkadij Naiditsch. Or maybe not:

The superstar par excellence this afternoon was certainly Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. See here how the Frenchman did his job on board one:

 

Ultimately, this fight did not change two already well established facts: Baden-Baden remains first, Norderstedt remains last.

Standings after round seven 

1. OSG Baden Baden 7 14 42½ 179
2. SG Solingen 7 13 38½ 169½
3. SV Werder Bremen 7 11 36½ 169
4. DJK Aachen 7 10 34½ 155½
5. SF Deizisau 7 8 32½ 149
6. SV Hockenheim 7 8 32½ 128½
7. SK Schwäbisch Hall 7 8 31 146
8. Schachfreunde Berlin 7 8 29½ 134
9. USV Dresden 7 8 27 131
10. Speyer-Schwegenheim 7 5 23 113½
11. SV Hofheim 7 5 23 103½
12. SV Mülheim Nord 7 4 23½ 119½
13. FC Bayern München 7 4 21½   97½
14. Hamburger SK 7 3 23½   88½
15. MSA Zugzwang 7 3 18   78½
16. SK Norderstedt 7 0 11   53½
 

Hamburger SK — SG Speyer-Schwegenheim 3,5 : 4,5

2 Grandelius, Nils 0 : 1 Oleksiyenko, Mykhaylo 1
3 Svane, Rasmus ½ : ½ Neiksans, Arturs 2
4 Huschenbeth, Niclas 0 : 1 Kantans, Toms 3
7 Hansen, Sune Berg 0 : 1 Meskovs, Nikita 4
9 Kollars, Dmitrij ½ : ½ Shytaj, Luca, Dr. 7
12 Heinemann, Thies ½ : ½ Yankelevich, Lev 8
14 Carlstedt, Jonathan 1 : 0 Hoolt, Sarah 11
15 Sebastian, Dirk 1 : 0 Commercon, Simon 13

Hamburger SK appeared to have victory against Speyer firmly in hand, as much as that's ever possible. Instead, they ultimately went down in defeat, and the founding member of the Bundesliga edged closer to calamity; closer to team relegation. To make matters worse, tomorrow against Baden-Baden there is little hope for a turnaround.

The following game should not be missed: Jonathan Carlstedt needed exactly sixteen moves to win his gam against Sarah Hoolt. That should be one of the shortest games ever in the long Bundesliga history.

 

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Norderstedt players

At the second table from the foreground of the picture: Jonathan Carlstedt, who was able to shine with a miniature on Saturday

Munich 

FC Bayern Munich - SK Schwaebisch Hall 2 : 6

The chess players of FC Bayern Munich are still on a track to relegation the clear defeat against Schwaebisch Hall. Schwaebisch Hall, on the other hand, holds firm in the top half of the table.

1 Dragnev, Valentin 1 : 0 Rodshtein, Maxim 5
2 Studer, Noel 0 : 1 Laznicka, Viktor 6
5 Johansson, Linus 0 : 1 Cornette, Matthieu 8
6 Fedorovsky, Michael 0 : 1 Michalik, Peter 10
7 Lindgren, Philip 0 : 1 Le Roux, Jean-Pierre 11
14 Meister, Peter ½ : ½ Womacka, Mathias 13
15 Rafiee, Makan 0 : 1 Zeller, Frank 15
16 Unzicker, Ferdinand, Dr. ½ : ½ Zpevak, Pavel 16

MSA Zugzwang - SF Deizisau 4½ : 3½

The team Munich MSA Zugzwang was the heavy underdog against SF Deizisau, but managed to eke out a win — certainly the surprise of the game day! The conclusions: In "the relegation battle" the people of Munich succeeded in producing an impressive signs of life; The upstart Deizisau, in its first Bundesliga year is strong, but still no championship candidate.

1 Mons, Leon ½ : ½ Bluebaum, Matthias 3
2 Kindermann, Stefan ½ : ½ Meier, Georg 4
3 Bromberger, Stefan ½ : ½ Heimann, Andreas 8
4 Hertneck, Gerald ½ : ½ Kozul, Zdenko 9
5 Zysk, Robert 1 : 0 Graf, Alexander 10
6 Hoffmeyer, Falk 0 : 1 Dautov, Rustem 12
9 Eichler, Christoph ½ : ½ Schlosser, Philipp 14
10 Lammers, Markus 1 : 0 Zilka, Stepan 15
 

Bremen

SV Werder Bremen — SG Solingen 4 : 4

The top fight between the third and the second teams ended in a draw, further helping OSG Baden-Baden, which has a team point ahead of Solingen after today at the top of the table.

1 Areshchenko, Alexander 0 : 1 Harikrishna, Pentala 2
2 Dubov, Daniil 1 : 0 Ragger, Markus 4
3 Fressinet, Laurent 0 : 1 Van Wely, Loek 5
4 McShane, Luke J ½ : ½ Bok, Benjamin 8
5 Efimenko, Zahar 1 : 0 Smeets, Jan 9
6 Edouard, Romain ½ : ½ L'Ami, Erwin 10
12 Markgraf, Rolf-Alexander 0 : 1 Andersen, Mads 12
13 Zumsande, Martin 1 : 0 Naumann, Alexander 16

On board three two Bundesliga veterans battled: Loek van Wely from the Netherlands and Laurent Fressinet from France. The point went to the Dutchman:

 

SV Muelheim Nord — DJK Aufwaerts Aachen 3 : 5

So far, the season has gone well for DJK Aufwaerts ("Upwards") Aachen: Another victory, this time against Muelheim, means they stand in fourth place in the standings! Muelheim, however, is still stuck in a relegation battle.

3 Fridman, Daniel ½ : ½ Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo 3
4 Landa, Konstantin ½ : ½ van Foreest, Jorden 4
8 Zelbel, Patrick 0 : 1 Parligras, Mircea Emilian 6
9 Hausrath, Daniel ½ : ½ Bindrich, Falko 7
10 Saltaev, Mihail ½ : ½ Nijboer, Friso 8
11 Vrolijk, Liam 1 : 0 van Foreest, Lucas 10
15 Rezasade, Amir 0 : 1 Zaragatski, Ilja 11
17 Buckels, Valentin 0 : 1 Donchenko, Alexander 17

Dresden

To the east in Dresden, teams from the "no man's land" of the standings were the focus.

USV TU Dresden — SV Hockenheim 4,5 : 3,5

The SV Hockenheim did not field its best squad against Dresden, and promptly went down in a narrow defeat, such that Dresden could catch up in the standings on points. At this point, however, it makes no great difference to either team.

1 Eljanov, Pavel ½ : ½ Howell, David W L 5
2 Almasi, Zoltan 1 : 0 Moiseenko, Alexander 7
3 Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter ½ : ½ Balogh, Csaba 8
4 Gajewski, Grzegorz 0 : 1 Wagner, Dennis 9
5 Bartel, Mateusz 1 : 0 Buhmann, Rainer 11
9 Vogel, Roven ½ : ½ Baramidze, David 12
11 Maiwald, Jens-Uwe 1 : 0 Banusz, Tamas 13
13 Moehn, Hans 0 : 1 Braun, Arik 14

SF Berlin — SV Hofheim 5,5 : 2,5

The "chess friends" of Berlin took on SV Hofheim and scored a clear win, thus enjoying a place in the upper half of the team standings. For Hofheim, however, a downward trejectory remains worrisome.

1 Piorun, Kacper ½ : ½ Schroeder, Jan-Christian 2
4 Mista, Aleksander 1 : 0 Ginsburg, Gennadi 5
5 Tomczak, Jacek 1 : 0 Perske, Thore 6
7 Schneider, Ilja ½ : ½ Lobzhanidze, Davit 7
10 Schreiner, Peter ½ : ½ Gurevich, Vladimir 8
12 Abel, Dennes 1 : 0 Margolin, Boris 9
13 Seyb, Alexander ½ : ½ Zude, Arno 11
14 Schmidek, Emil ½ : ½ Brendel, Oliver 13

Games of round seven

 

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.
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RayLopez RayLopez 2/4/2018 05:29
@oleppedersen - use of mercenaries? You talking about chess or football (soccer)? :)
oleppedersen oleppedersen 2/4/2018 03:06
One reason noone ever cares about league chess is the use of mercenaries and a lack of a real Champions League. A player should really play for one team and one team only, and it would not be wrong to have regulations demanding that clubs field one or more players of junior age. Then you could get some attachment to a club, and the top division could also be a nursing ground for younger talent.
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