Bundesliga Championship, Round 3: Baden-Baden dominates

by André Schulz
9/18/2020 – The OSG Baden-Baden is the clear favourite to win the Bundesliga Championship 2020, and they score better and better: in round 1 they won 6½-1½ against Deizisau, in round 2 they scored a 7-1 win against Bavaria Munich, which they followed up with a 7½-½ victory against SF Berlin in round 3. The only other team that could win all three matches is the SC Viernheim. | Photos: Christian Bossert

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Bundesliga Championship, Round 3

On board one, the young Polish IM Szymon Gumularz (Elo 2518) had to play with Black against Fabiano Caruana, the world's number two – not an easy task.


Marco Baldauf was the only player from the Berlin team who could salvage half a point by drawing against Radoslaw Wojtaszek on board two.

In the first three rounds Baden-Baden scored 20½ from 24 possible point and is now clear first. However, in the end team points are more important than board points and thus the team of Viernheim, which also won its first three matches, is still in the race.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov plays on board one for Viernheim but did not play in the first two rounds. However, in Viernheim's match against Solingen in round three he had to content himself with a draw against Erwin l'Ami.

Viernheim still won the match – Kryvoruchko, Dr. Amin and Kovalenko scored for Viernheim,  Loek Van Wely scored for Solingen.

Gata Kamsky (left) successfully attacked Niclas Huschenbeth's king.

Jorden van Foreest suffered a surprisingly quick defeat against Yuriy Kryvoruchko.


Bavaria Munich narrowly lost 3½-4½ against Deizisau. Vincent Keymer, who plays for Deizisau, won a fine game against the Swiss Grandmaster Noel Studer.

Interview with Vincent Keymer

Vincent Keymer analyses his game against Noel Studer

Werder Bremen defeated the Aachener SV 6:2 but Laurent Fressinet, Bremen's board one, took a break. In the round 2 match Bremen vs Deizisau, which was played in the morning, Fressinet had to face against Kamsky. In the video below he shares his thoughts about this game.

Laurent Fressinet analyses his game against Gata Kamsky

Impressions of day 2

Results of round 3

FC Bayern München Schachfreunde Deizisau
SF Berlin 1 7 OSG Baden-Baden
SG Solingen 3 5 SC Viernheim
SV Werder Bremen 6 2 Aachener SV

Standings after round 3

  Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Sp TP BP BW
1. OSG Baden-Baden  +          7 7 3 6 20½ 88½
2. SC Viernheim    +      5   6 3 6 16½ 68½
3. SV Werder Bremen      +  3 6     3 4 13½ 61
4. Schachfreunde Deizisau   5  +        3 4 11 47
5. SG Solingen   3    +      3 2 12 56½
6. Aachener SV     2    +  4   3 1   8½ 41½
7. SF Berlin 1 2       4  +    3 1   7 33
8. FC Bayern München 1          +  3 0   7 36





André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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