Final rounds of the Bundesliga to be played in Berlin

by ChessBase
10/6/2021 – On October 14-17, the last seven rounds of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season will finally be played. The second half of the interrupted season will take place at the Hotel “Maritim proArte” in Berlin. At the halfway point, the two favourites for the championship title, Baden-Baden and Hockenheim, are tied at the top of the standings table without any losses. | Pictured: Peter Heine Nielsen and Peter Svidler during the final event of the 2019 season. | Photo: Maria Emelianova

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“Adjourned” tournament resumes

In pre-digital chess times, the term “adjourned game” referred to a short-term postponement of a chess game and its resumption after a few hours or on one of the following days. However, adjournment of tournaments was not a common practice.

Only the pandemic restrictions in 2020 forced organizers and promoters of chess events to “adjourn” tournament,  and required equally creative and sporting solutions. For the German Chess Bundesliga, the lockdown in March 2020, about halfway through the season, meant only a temporary halt to the team competition that began in the fall of 2019. The clubs have given a unanimous response now: the show must go on!

The event

On October 14-17, the “adjourned games” from the 2019/2020 season will finally be played!

In good tradition, Schachfreunde Berlin 1903, in cooperation with Schachbundesliga e.V. and the main sponsor UKA, will organize the remaining seven rounds of the interrupted season as part of a central Bundesliga final event in the German capital.

The venue is the Hotel Maritim proArte (Friedrichstraße 151 / Dorotheenstraße 65, 10117 Berlin) in a prime city location.

The rounds will be played on the following days:

  • Thursday, October 14: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Friday, October 15: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 16: 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 17: 10 a.m.

Excitement is guaranteed to the last round: at the halfway point, the two favourites for the championship title from Baden-Baden and Hockenheim are tied at the top of the table without any losses. The showdown might come in the 14th round on October 16, when the two teams face each other. But exciting and high-flier duels are also expected between the eight-player teams for the other places and the preservation of the class. Numerous national and international top players are expected to participate — among them possibly former chess world champions!

Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Baden-Baden’s Fabiano Caruana and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave | Photo: Maria Emelianova

Current standings

  Team Matches Points
1 OSG Baden-Baden 7 14
2 SV Hockenheim 7 14
3 SC Viernheim 8 11
4 Schachfreunde Deizisau 7 11
5 Hamburger SK 8 9
6 SG Solingen 7 8
7 SV Werder Bremen 8 8
8 FC Bayern München 8 8
9 SK Doppelbauer Turm Kiel 8 6
10 SF Berlin 7 6
11 BCA Augsburg 8 5
12 SG Speyer-Schwegenheim 7 5
13 SV Mülheim Nord 7 4
14 USV TU Dresden 7 3
15 Aachener SV 8 0
16 SV Lingen 0 0

See every team’s individual results... 

The sponsors

For the good and proven support, Schachfreunde Berlin would like to thank the main sponsor and energy park developer, UKA Umweltgerechte Kraftanlagen GmbH & Co. KG. UKA plans, builds, manages and operates wind and solar parks as well as the associated infrastructure. Founded in 1999, the company is one of Germany’s leading developers, with around 60 energy parks connected to the grid and an international project pipeline of four gigawatts.

Equal thanks are due to GRENKE AG as a long-standing partner and co-sponsor, as well as d-fine, under whose patronage the 2nd d-fine Open University Rapid Chess Tournament will be held at the Maritim proArte Hotel on October 16, 2021 at 12:30 p.m., and the 1st d-fine Company Chess Championship will be held on October 17, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

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