Jan-Krzysztof Duda plays best game in the Bundesliga!

by Johannes Fischer
9/19/2016 – In Germany's first league, the "Bundesliga", 16 teams with eight players each play a 15-round round-robin team tournament. Now, the readers of "schachbundesliga.de", the internet portal of the "Bundesliga", voted for the best game of last season. However, voters did not have to go through all games of the season, 15 made it to the shortlist. The most votes received Jan-Krzysztof Duda's win against Grzegorz Gajewski, a fine example of the power of pawns.

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958 games were played in the season 2015/2016 (two games were forfeited because the players were ill), and the drawing percentage was below 50%. 294 games ended with a win for White, 223 with a win for Black, 441 games were drawn. Thus, the editorial board of "schachbundesliga.de had a substantial number of candidates to choose from. The 15 of the most exciting and well-played games made it to a shortlist. Then the readers were asked to vote and Jan-Krzysztof Duda was rewarded for the bold and creative play he showed against his countryman Grzegorz Gajewski.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda: at the Chess Olympiad in Baku Duda
played for Poland and scored 7.0/10 on board 2.
(Photo: schachbundesliga.de)

In the "Bundesliga" Duda plays on board one for the team of the Hamburger SK and finished the season with 4.0/7 (four wins, three losses, no draws). The following game was played in round 14, during the match Hamburg vs Dresden.


The shortlist:



Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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