German Champion 2018: Rainer Buhmann

by Klaus Besenthal
8/13/2018 – Saturday in Dresden, the 89th German Individual Championship ended after nine rounds with Rainer Buhmann and Hagen Poetsch on the top of the table. The field was missing many of Germany's top players and Buhmann and Poetsch were the only two grandmasters (nationally numbers 13 and 37 respectively). With a key last round win, Buhmann became German champion with a full point lead. He succeeds German number one, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, who won the tournament in 2017. | Photos: Karsten Wieland

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89th German Championship in Dresden

[The German Championship has lost some of its prestige this year — for a country with 95 grandmasters, to find only two playing in the National Championship, you know that something has gone wrong. Evidently, a combination of the Open format and low prize fund caused not only all six current 2600 GMs to skip the event, but all but two of the entire top 100 list by Elo. Astounding and sad. -Ed.] 

In their last round "duel at a distance" for the title, Hagen Poetsch and Rainer Buhmann were both a bit worse — and yet both played for the full point! But Poetsch could not succeed in his attacking attempts and got a worse and worse position as the result, while Buhmann, on the contrary, could not only free himself with a piece sacrifice, he even had a winning position after a blunder of his opponent.

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Jari Reuker against Rainer Buhmann; behind Hagen Poetsch and Theo Gungl

Results of Round 9

Br. White GER rating Res. Black GER rating
1 Jari Reuker 2372 0:1 GM Rainer Buhmann 2568
2 IM Hagen Poetsch 2513 0:1 FM Theo Gungl 2266
3 FM Eduard Miller 2255 1:0 IM Hannes Langrock 2337
4 FM Nick Müller 2295 ½:½ FM Florian Armbrust 2266
5 FM Derek Gaede 2285 0:1 Adrian Gschnitzer 2328
6 FM Reiner Heimrath 2241 0:1 IM Mark Kvetny 2412
7 Dr. Sebastian Fischer 2206 ½:½ Frederik Svane 2233
8 IM Arno Zude 2344 0:1 IM Malte Colpe 2346
9 Eugen Heinert 2174 ½:½ David Färber 2224
10 FM Jürgen Brustkern 2166 1:0 Dominik Plaßmann 2195
11 Arkadi Syrov 2277 0:1 Tino Proschmann 2103
12 René Adiyaman 2037 0:1 FM Raphael Rehberg 2203

Final standings

Pl. Name Club / City Title Elo GER rating Pts Perf. rating TB (Buchh.)
1. Rainer Buhmann SV Hockenheim GM 2581 2568 7.0 2334 44.0
2. Eduard Miller SC Erlangen FM 2309 2255 6.0 2378 46.0
3. Theo Gungl USV TU Dresden FM 2283 2266 6.0 2363 43.0
4. Hagen Poetsch SC Heusenstamm GM 2513 2513 6.0 2341 45.0
5. Adrian Gschnitzer SV Walldorf   2333 2328 5.5 2333 45.0
6. Nick Müller Greifswalder SV FM 2313 2295 5.5 2326 44.0
7. Florian Armbrust SC Tempo Göttingen FM 2300 2266 5.5 2307 42.0
8. Mark Kvetny Stuttgarter SF IM 2421 2412 5.0 2360 48.0
9. Jari Reuker SK Oldenburg   2404 2372 5.0 2354 47.5
10. Hannes Langrock ESV Nickelhütte Aue IM 2370 2337 5.0 2318 42.0
11. Malte Colpe Hamburger SK IM 2384 2346 5.0 2298 41.0
12. Frederik Svane Lübecker SV   2292 2233 4.5 2281 38.5
13. Dr. Sebastian Fischer SF Deizisau   2292 2206 4.5 2272 34.5
14. Derek Gaede Hamburger SK FM 2298 2285 4.0 2333 47.0
15. Reiner Heimrath SC Noris-Tarrasch Nürnberg FM 2200 2241 4.0 2259 36.0
16. Raphael Rehberg SG Lok Brandenburg FM 2243 2203 4.0 2229 32.0
17. Rene Adiyaman SV Welper   2097 2037 3.5 2300 39.5
18. David Färber SV Walldorf   2321 2224 3.5 2279 40.0
19. Arno Zude SV Hofheim IM 2373 2344 3.5 2252 37.5
20. Jürgen Brustkern SK Zehlendorf FM 2219 2166 3.5 2238 32.5
21. Eugen Heinert OSC Rheinhausen   2146 2174 3.0 2294 38.0
22. Dominik Plaßmann Gütersloher SV   2186 2195 3.0 2277 35.5
23. Arkadi Syrov SK Frankenthal   2295 2277 3.0 2271 37.0
24. Tino Proschmann SC Großröhrsdorf   2092 2103 2.5 2266 36.5

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Translation from German: Macauley Peterson and Andre Schulz

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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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