German "Kader-Challenge" - Blübaum strikes back

by Johannes Fischer
4/7/2021 – With a rating of 2670 Matthias Blübaum is Germany's number one but in round 1 of the "Kader-Challenge" tournament in Magdeburg he surprisingly lost against FM Frederik Svane. However, in round 2 Blübaum bounced back and won against Niclas Huschenbeth, crowning a fine game with a unique mate. The other four games all ended in a draw and with 1.5/2 Frederik Svane remains sole leader. In the women's tournament Jana Schneider leads with 2.0/2. | Photo: Georgios Souleidis (Archive)

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"Kader-Challenge" in Magdeburg, Round 2

After his first-round loss against Frederik Svane Blübaum showed fighting spirit and won a fine game against Huschenbeth.


Niclas Huschenbeth, German Champion 2010 and 2019 | Photo: Kevin Högy


1 10 2601 GM Fridman Daniel ½ - ½ GM Wagner Dennis 2581 6
2 7 2659 GM Donchenko Alexander ½ - ½ GM Engel Luis 2553 5
3 8 2670 GM Blübaum Matthias 1 - 0 GM Huschenbeth Niclas 2604 4
4 9 2606 GM Heimann Andreas ½ - ½ FM Svane Frederik 2421 3
5 1 2613 GM Svane Rasmus ½ - ½ GM Kollars Dmitrij 2598 2





Women's Tournament

In the women's tournament Elisabeth Pähtz was close to winning her second game in a row but after energetic play she failed to convert.


Josefine Heinemann | Photo: Kevin Högy

This allowed Jana Schneider to take the sole lead. However, she first had to turn a drawish rook endgame against Luisa Bashylina in a won rook endgame – and Karsten Müller shows how she managed to do that:


Jana Schneider | Photo: Kevin Högy








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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