German League playoff match: LIVE

by ChessBase
5/24/2018 – Today in Baden-Baden the match is held for the German League Championship 2018. The team of OSG Baden-Baden meets SG Solingen in a tiebreak match after both teams were tied through fifteen regulation rounds. Baden-Baden is very strong, as usual, led by Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and Viswanathan Anand, but Solingen has brought in world number nine Anish Giri to play top board.

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Playoff

The Bundesliga season 2017/18 ended in a tie. After fifteen matches, defending champion OSG Baden-Baden and SG Solingen were at the top, each with 27 match points. Both teams lost once, Baden-Baden against Solingen and Solingen against the third-placed Hockenheim, and both also gave away a single draw. 

Final standings after 15 rounds

1. OSG Baden Baden 15 27 86½
2. SG Solingen 15 27 84½
3. SV Hockenheim 15 22 76
4. SV Werder Bremen 15 22 74½
5. SF Deizisau 15 18 67½
6. USV Dresden 15 18 62
7. DJK Aachen 15 16 62½
8. SK Schwäbisch Hall 15 16 61½
9. Schachfreunde Berlin 15 15 57½
10. Hamburger SK 15 12 63
11. SV Mülheim Nord 15 11 52½
12. SV Hofheim 15 11 48
13. MSA Zugzwang 15 8 44
14. Speyer-Schwegenheim 15 8 42½
15. FC Bayern München 15 6 45½
16. SK Norderstedt 15 3 32

Now, according to the regulations, a tie-break has to be decided. Baden-Baden earned the right to host due to their higher number of board points. Consequently, the match takes place in the Kulturhaus L8 in Baden-Baden.

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