German League, Round 8: Baden-Baden held to a draw in Hamburg

by Klaus Besenthal
2/5/2018 – In the 8th round of the "Schachbundesliga" there was another big surprise: The powerhouse OSG Baden-Baden yielded a 4-4 tie against the Hamburger SK, and their advantage over SG Solingen now stands at only 1½ board points. The HSK team showed strength on the lower boards, where Thies Heinemann managed to upset Rustam Kasimdzhanov. The other two top teams from Solingen and Bremen were able to win clear victories today. | Photo: André Schulz

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Norderstedt

It was a snowy and cold day in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, with about a centimeter of snow falling and sticking overnight — a fairly rare occurrance in a city where the average temperature in February is above freezing.

I must apologize to the Hamburg SK team — yesterday I speculated that for the locals today against the German champions from Baden-Baden there would not be much to write about. How wrong I was; with the 4 : 4 a team point was surprisingly taken off the leaders. Maybe this point for the HSK is a kind of initial spark in the fight for relegation. That would not be too late in the middle of the season. The league remains exciting after this event — above as well as below.

Norderstedt and Baden-Baden analyse

(L to R) Andrey Ostrovski, Lawrence Trent, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Simon Commercon, Emil Powierski Dmitrij Kollars, Niclas Huschenbeth; (Seated) Jonathan Carlstedt and Peter Heine Nielsen | Photo: Macauley Peterson

OSG Baden-Baden - Hamburger SK 4 : 4

3 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime ½ : ½ Grandelius, Nils 2
7 Adams, Michael ½ : ½ Svane, Rasmus 3
9 Bacrot, Etienne ½ : ½ Huschenbeth, Niclas 4
10 Naiditsch, Arkadij 1 : 0 Hansen, Sune Berg 7
11 Movsesian, Sergei 0 : 1 Kollars, Dmitrij 9
12 Kasimdzhanov, Rustam 0 : 1 Heinemann, Thies 12
15 Gustafsson, Jan 1 : 0 Rogozenco, Dorian 13
16 Nielsen, Peter Heine ½ : ½ Carlstedt, Jonathan 14

Speaking of "down", there, namely on boards 5 to 8, the Hamburg team "won" even against Baden-Baden — the difference of around 200 Elo points be damned! Thies Heinemann made a nice, precise finish in his game against Rustam Kasimdzhanov after the Uzbek grandmaster did not find the right defense against Heinemann's pawns: 


 

Dmitrij Kollars also scored a victory for HSK against Sergei Movsesian | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Speyer-Schwegenheim — SK Norderstedt 5 : 3

Against Speyer, the last place Norderstedt team very nearly managed a draw. Benedict Krause, a hero yesterday, fought with black for nearly six hours, but the effort was not enough to turn the tide of his losing ending.

1 Oleksiyenko, Mykhaylo ½ : ½ Olszewski, Michal 1
2 Neiksans, Arturs ½ : ½ Trent, Lawrence 2
3 Kantans, Toms ½ : ½ Ostrovskiy, Andrey 3
4 Meskovs, Nikita 1 : 0 Kopylov, Michael 4
7 Shytaj, Luca, Dr. 1 : 0 Krause, Benedict 5
8 Yankelevich, Lev 1 : 0 Parvanyan, Ashot 6
11 Hoolt, Sarah 0 : 1 Powierski, Emil 8
13 Commercon, Simon ½ : ½ Polischuk, Viktor 10

Norderstedt

The home club of Norderstedt marks the occassion of the eighth round with a team photo | Macauley Peterson

Standings after eight rounds

1. OSG Baden Baden 8 15 46½ 197
2. SG Solingen 8 15 45 198½
3. SV Werder Bremen 8 13 43 203
4. SV Hockenheim 8 10 38½ 155½
5. SF Deizisau 8 10 37½ 170½
6. SK Schwäbisch Hall 8 10 36½ 171
7. DJK Aachen 8 10 36 157½
8. USV Dresden 8 9 31 153½
9. Schachfreunde Berlin 8 8 31½ 143
10. Speyer-Schwegenheim 8 7 28 136½
11. SV Hofheim 8 6 27 117
12. Hamburger SK 8 4 27½ 106½
13. SV Mülheim Nord 8 4 25 126½
14. FC Bayern München 8 4 24½ 112
15. MSA Zugzwang 8 3 20½   89½
16. SK Norderstedt 8 0 14   66½

Bremen

SG Solingen — SV Mülheim Nord 6½ : 1½

After the clear victory against SV Muelheim Nord, SG Solingen has rejoined OSG Baden-Baden on team points. For the Muelheim squad, the defeat against the favorite, of course, brought no respite in the relegation battle.

2 Harikrishna, Pentala ½ : ½ Landa, Konstantin 4
4 Ragger, Markus 1 : 0 Zelbel, Patrick 8
5 Van Wely, Loek 1 : 0 Hausrath, Daniel 9
8 Bok, Benjamin 1 : 0 Saltaev, Mihail 10
9 Smeets, Jan ½ : ½ Vrolijk, Liam 11
10 L'Ami, Erwin 1 : 0 Dinstuhl, Volkmar, Dr. 13
12 Andersen, Mads ½ : ½ Rezasade, Amir 15
13 Nikolic, Predrag 1 : 0 Buckels, Valentin 17

DJK Aachen — SV Werder Bremen 1½ : 6½

For DJK Aachen there was nothing to be done against third-placed Bremen today. Their great season so far suffered a small kink.

3 Iturrizaga Bonelli, Eduardo 0 : 1 Areshchenko, Alexander 1
4 van Foreest, Jorden 0 : 1 Dubov, Daniil 2
6 Parligras, Mircea Emilian 0 : 1 Fressinet, Laurent 3
7 Bindrich, Falko 0 : 1 McShane, Luke J 4
8 Nijboer, Friso 0 : 1 Efimenko, Zahar 5
10 van Foreest, Lucas 0 : 1 Edouard, Romain 6
11 Zaragatski, Ilja ½ : ½ Markgraf, Rolf-Alexander 12
17 Donchenko, Alexander 1 : 0 Zumsande, Martin 13
 

Dresden

SV Hockenheim — Schachfreunde Berlin 6 : 2

With a clear victory against Schachfreunde Berlin, SV Hockenheim has established itself as the head of a larger group of teams with 10 points each, which immediately follows the leading three teams.

5 Howell, David W L 1 : 0 Piorun, Kacper 1
7 Moiseenko, Alexander ½ : ½ Mista, Aleksander 4
8 Balogh, Csaba ½ : ½ Tomczak, Jacek 5
9 Wagner, Dennis 1 : 0 Schneider, Ilja 7
11 Buhmann, Rainer ½ : ½ Schreiner, Peter 10
12 Baramidze, David 1 : 0 Abel, Dennes 12
13 Banusz, Tamas 1 : 0 Seyb, Alexander 13
14 Braun, Arik ½ : ½ Schmidek, Emil 14

SV Hofheim — USV Dresden 4 : 4

The team of SV Hofheim scored an important draw today — the lead on the relegation zone is thus two points.

2 Schroeder, Jan-Christian 0 : 1 Eljanov, Pavel 1
5 Ginsburg, Gennadi 0 : 1 Almasi, Zoltan 2
6 Perske, Thore ½ : ½ Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter 3
7 Lobzhanidze, Davit 1 : 0 Gajewski, Grzegorz 4
8 Gurevich, Vladimir ½ : ½ Bartel, Mateusz 5
9 Margolin, Boris ½ : ½ Vogel, Roven 9
11 Zude, Arno ½ : ½ Maiwald, Jens-Uwe 11
13 Brendel, Oliver 1 : 0 Moehn, Hans 13

Munich

Unlike in football, both of the two Munich teams in chess remain knee-deep in the relegation battle. 

SK Schwaebisch Hall — MSA Zugzwang 5½ : 2½

5 Rodshtein, Maxim ½ : ½ Mons, Leon 1
6 Laznicka, Viktor ½ : ½ Kindermann, Stefan 2
8 Cornette, Matthieu 1 : 0 Bromberger, Stefan 3
10 Michalik, Peter 1 : 0 Hertneck, Gerald 4
11 Le Roux, Jean-Pierre ½ : ½ Zysk, Robert 5
13 Womacka, Mathias 1 : 0 Hoffmeyer, Falk 6
15 Zeller, Frank ½ : ½ Gerigk, Erasmus 8
16 Zpevak, Pavel ½ : ½ Lammers, Markus 10

SF Deizisau — FC Bayern Muenchen 5 : 3

3 Bluebaum, Matthias ½ : ½ Dragnev, Valentin 1
4 Meier, Georg 1 : 0 Studer, Noel 2
8 Heimann, Andreas ½ : ½ Johansson, Linus 5
9 Kozul, Zdenko 0 : 1 Fedorovsky, Michael 6
10 Graf, Alexander 1 : 0 Lindgren, Philip 7
12 Dautov, Rustem ½ : ½ Bezold, Michael 13
14 Schlosser, Philipp ½ : ½ Rafiee, Makan 15
15 Zilka, Stepan 1 : 0 Unzicker, Ferdinand, Dr. 16

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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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